Monday, June 1, 2009

Book News, In Brief

If you skimmed through Sunday's online book news, you'd have noticed two recurring themes. 1. BEA was BEAutiful! (Here, here, here and here.) 2. Motherf**k bathing suit season. (Here, here, here and here.)

There's a secret war being waged right now, and it's got nothing to do with North Korean nukes or borderline psychotic volunteer border patrolmen. It's the ebook pricing wars (and it's as boring as it sounds).

If you'd noticed a dip in the number of free books coming your store's way in the past few months, you're not alone. Hell, even the Lexus leasers at The LATimes are wondering, Where have all the galleys gone?

Last week we pointed y'all to the Tony Millionaire cover to Elvis Costello's new album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. This week, we're pushing you towards GalleyCat's reworded press release for Iggy Pop's "literary album," Preliminaries.

Described as "a cheap and uplifting break from life" and an escape "into sweet and heartening stories of love and passion," romance novels are one of the few genres currently experiencing a sales boom. In related news, we've decided to hire some male strippers to work our events room on Wednesday nights. There will be no cover charge, but a two book minimum will be strictly enforced.