Ebooks and a new social networking site
Hope everyone had a good weekend and Halloween. I have to say, one of the most peculiar experiences of the New York City marathon — which I’ve somehow never noticed in any other race including the marathon — is my sneakers sticking to the ground after sloshing through all the spilled Gatorade at each fluid station. That and the 40,000 runners invading Staten Island so New York Road Runners can say the race goes through each of the five boroughs of New York City. Technically, the race doesn’t *go through* Staten Island, given that it starts on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Literally. Next to the toll booths.
I’m pretty interested in eBooks — increasing sales over the years, free giveaways, etc. — and when Oprah went to the mat for the Kindle, there was definitely a spike in eBook stories. This weekend, The Publicity Hound posted 26 ways to promote eBooks including blogging, social networking and submitting articles to ezines.
Crains New York Business reports that Barnes & Noble has launched a new social network, My B&N. Apparently you can share information through Digg and Facebook, which is a good thing, because at this point I can’t imagine people wanting to create *another* social networking profile.
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Fall 2012: I’ve really enjoyed writing about book publicity and meeting (0nline and in person) writers, publicists, editors, agents and others in the publishing industry, but I’ve — reluctantly — come to the conclusion that I just don’t have the time to maintain this blog.
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