With 10,000 tickets sold, the first ever BookCon was a complete sellout! A total success considering BookCon was officially launched in mid-March, meaning it took less than three months to sell 10,000 tickets at $30 apiece. For readers, it was all about the books – not about the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette.
According to BookExpo America director, Steve Rosato, attendance at BEA 2014 overall was slightly down from 2013. The total verified professional attendance for BEA 2014 was 10,965, a drop of one percent, and total industry professionals for 2014 was 19,860, a drop of three percent. These numbers are likely to be adjusted upward after the final audit. Rosato says BEA will remain a vital trade event and BookCon is poised to expand.
WIN, PLACE OR SHOW
California Chrome is not the only champion worthy of garlands. The IndieReader Discovery Awards were just announced at BookExpo. You can read about the winners and buy their books here.
OH, BOOK, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS I CAN LOVE YOU
The definition of a book is constantly evolving. So, too, are the ways Indie Readers can enjoy, discover and discuss books. You have e-books, print books, wearable books, audio books. You can join a book club, or a virtual book club. You can fly the author in and ask thoughtful questions about her work (hint, hint). You can read alone, or with a group (silent) in a cool hipster location, or read topless in Central Park. You can read leisurely, or thanks to Spritz, sprint through your story. You can connect with your favorite authors like never before, via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or their personal websites. You can even swear by the e-book – a U.S. Ambassador was just sworn in on a Kindle. New technologies are changing every aspect of the Indie Reading experience. Some say autographed e-books are just around the corner. It’s pretty darn exciting when you add up all the possibilities.
HERE WE GO A MEDIANDERING
Indie Readers, Mediander.com would like to recommend books based on the research you do on your favorite search engines. Instead of suggesting books based on recent purchases, Mediander will suggest books related to very topic you have been Googling. Ba-da-Bing. Yahoo! Mediander wants to solve the information overload on the Internet by being your “Knowledge Engine,” your one true one-stop destination.
Not sure what to do with your old Kindle? Well, you could re-purpose your old Kindle into a thermometer. That’s exactly what one hack did. Apparently, it’s easy, and the software is readily available from GitHub.
HOLD THE AUDIO
If you received notice from B&N saying effective June 30 it is shutting down its downloadable audio book selection, have no fear. B&N plans to re-enter the digital audiobooks market at a future date when the company can offer customers a new and improved downloadable audio experience.
GALAXY 4 NOOK
That’s right, just announced yesterday (Thursday) B&N is partnering with Samsung to create Galaxy 4 Tablets, powered by Nook software. The seven-inch tablet will be available for sale this August in B&N stores.
BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF TWEETS
You think you’re pithy and wise. Consider sharing your advice on Twitter: Best Advice in Six Words Contest. Today’s the last day to enter. Smith Magazine is sponsoring the contest. Celebrity judges choose the best responses. The winning tweets will be retweeted. They’ll also be announced on SixWordMemoirs.com. And published by St. Martin’s Press. The book’s title: Six Word Advice. It’s due out in Fall 2015.