Tour’s Books Blog

November 15, 2016

A Publisher’s Game

Filed under: ebooks,Editorial,Price baiting on ebooks — toursbooks @ 3:57 pm

Remember back in September I posted Belle Chasse was offered as an ebook for $2.99 for those who had already pre-ordered the HC? Well, turns out there was a SECOND catch to that seeming bargain, the publisher will NOT allow the ebook to be loaned. To learn this, you would have had to search in the hidden info that provides the page count, etc., so it was there, just well disguised.

Amazon needs to inform customers an ebook cannot be loaned out at the START of the description, or even in the discount pricing box so we know immediately WHY it’s so cheap, not buried in with page count and other crap most of us ignore.

Since I bought the ebook SPECIFICALLY to loan, they ended up giving me a credit, which was nice of them, but that does not mean I’ll get sucked in by this trick again.

If you want the hard copy for your library and ebook for you portable ereader, it will be fine, so long as you realize lending will NOT happen. Not an Amazon decision, it is the publisher’s decision.

June 3, 2009

I hate to do this but ………………….

Filed under: Asleep at the wheel,General — toursbooks @ 7:11 pm

The June Erotic Romance will be a bit later than usual.  Between work and family obligations I haven’t had time to get to writing anything up.  I am half way through Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang and finished several forgettable erotic romance ebooks.  Among the books to be reviewed are the Lunar Mates series by Loribelle Hunt from Cobblestone Press, Bitten in the Bayou by Selena Blake also from Cobblestone, Riding Double by Evie Adams for Siren, To the Victor Go the Spoils by Nia K Foxx, Wolfen by Madelaine Montague and several more.  (Just looking down that list, I’ve been on a werewolf kick lately.  I guess I’m Vamped out a bit – or a bite.)

May was a good month for mystery and suspense thrillers, and too many books that I started and just couldn’t get very interested in, including the erotic stuff.  Maybe I’ll catch up with some that I read before and didn’t review, thinking, “Oh, I’ll do them later.”  Somehow ‘later’ never comes.

I pre-ordered the new Daniel Silva Gabrial Allon assassin/spy novel and the third book in the Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen.  I got book 2, A Royal Pain in hardcover thru paperback swap.  I’ll have to do another update on my experiences with that as it’s improving a LOT!  I’ve learned how to avoid the low end traders and find nicely kept books, incuding some older ones that I wanted to read again.  I’m rapidly approaching 100 swaps and it took a fair amount of dedication to find the right people to trade with, but I’m still having some issues – new ones are cropping up too.

I’m sitting here with a TBR pile that’s 200 books and growing.  Now I need some time – a lot more sleep!  See you next week!

May 23, 2009

The High Price of Revenge Characters

Filed under: Editorial,General — toursbooks @ 4:49 pm
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Remember the whole Victoria Laurie incident where she threatened someone who didn’t like her books by saying she’d create a character in revenge?  To refresh your memory just click on Dear Author and you’ll find all the interconnected links.

Well, it wasn’t original with her and it is certainly not as uncommon as you might think.  I’ve read more than one dedication where the author thanked friends for allowing them to use their good names for villains.   (Randy Wayne White is one who does that, with permission, of course.)  Hey, there are only so many names out there.  But the roman á clef approach, especially a vindictive one, can have consequences.

Well, a writer/producer on CSI is finding that out.  And win or lose, it will be a costly lesson.  How long this link will last, I’m not sure, but click here and read the tale of real estate revenge.  Melinda and Scott Tamkin are suing Sarah Goldfinger for creating characters in one of the CSI Las Vegas episodes who were sleezy realtors named Melinda and Scott Tucker – but had originally been named Tamkin.  And guess what, those two characters were given all those socially unacceptable character traits (booze addiction for her and pornography for him) that would make them undesirable business associates.  Melinda even gets bumped off.  Ms. Goldfinger and the Tamkins were involved in a real estate deal that went bad in 2005, though from what was available in article, there was nothing to suggest there was a reason for any anger on Ms. Goldfinger’s part.

I’m sure it was all very cathartic for Ms Goldfinger, but was it wise?  Did CBS know what was going on?  She is being sued by the Tamkins for $6 million.  That too is inevitable.  I notice the use of ‘could have been deterred’ by the Tampkins lawyer.  I guess that means there’s no direct evidence that the fall off in business is directly related to the TV show – but the ink might well be good for the Tamkins!  How else could they make the national news?  hummmmmmmm

Now all you aspiring writers out there, be discrete.  If you plan to skewer an annoying person, do so with discretion.  And only after chatting with a lawyer.  No doubt we’ll have to kill off a writer of a roman á clef just to even things out.  Oh, wait.  We’ve done that on several TV shows.  Maybe Ms. Goldfinger should have considered the fact the such writers are most often the victims on TV shows.

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