Thursday, July 31, 2008

Jezebel: Why Chick-Lit Covers Are Pink

A blog I regularly read called Jezebel has a great article about the publishing trend of slapping a pink cover on books written by women, or even written by a man with a female protagonist.
It has been suggested that females prefer pink because of an evolutionary preference for reddish things like ripe fruits and healthy faces. We also prefer pink books. Or at least the publishing industry is so convinced of this that to cover their asses they're wantonly packaging any book written by a woman with a chick-litish cover in the desperate hopes that we'll buy it. Having cottoned on to the fact that chick lit books sell like cupcakes, publishers are now adding chick lit-style covers to any book written by a woman whether it fits the genre definition or not.

Speaking of, covers that don't reflect what's inside irritate me. I picked up The Wedding Officer thinking it was a light frothy romance but instead was a very gritty realistic view of the tragedies of WWII in Italy which included starvation, prostitution, rape, VD, and murder. Not that I didn't think it was a good book, but it's something I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind for. In the article Sadie Stein said publishers may experience a backlash over this treatment:

They are, however, likely to be disappointed when they get to the beach and find that instead of some heartwarming bit of froth they've ended up with Serious Fiction full of incest and substance abuse.

Right on sister. Read the full article here.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Reading is Sexy

Declare your love of books with this hot tee from Sarah Utter that says "Reading is Sexy". Buy at Comes in pink, blue, green and yellow.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Free Stuff from Katie MacAlister

What: win yourself an advanced reader's copy of Up In Smoke, the second silver dragon novel.
When: contest runs from July 2nd to August 2nd, 2008.
How: Send an e-mail to with something in the subject line indicating it's a contest entry (to keep the e-mail from going into the dreaded reader mail queue), and the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • A statement of which hero (mortal or immortal) from one of my books is your favorite, and why you should have exclusive dibs on him over all the other readers who probably wouldn't kick him out of their respective beds. Your statement can be as short or long as you desire, will not be judged on either grammar or spelling, but the more inventive your reasoning is, the more likely you'll make Katie giggle. And giggling is good.
Submit all that no later than midnight August 2nd. Ten entries will be picked by August 5th to receive ARCs.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

New 3G iPhone

I'm so excited, I finally got an iPhone! I've been waiting for the 3G version for ages it seems like. So, yesterday I was one of those crazy fools waiting in line at the Apple store for.....6 1/2 hours! That was a pretty insane amount of time to wait but after about 2 hours you're pretty much invested in staying. The wait wasn't supposed to be so long but Apple & AT&T apparently had significant delays with the idiotic in-store activation process.

At least the Apple store employees tried to make it a little better for us. They kept our energy up with bottled water, donuts, popsicles & ice cream sandwiches. Other retailers were working the endless line too and we got free t-shirts from, chicken sandwiches from Chik-fil-A and tons of other coupons for free crap. I don't think I would do that again but I have to say it was worth it because the new iPhone is frickin' awesome! I'm definitely going to be trying out the e-book readers for iPhone and giving you the scoop on them.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cool Book Stuff on Etsy

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of Etsy. It's a website where people can buy and sell things handmade or that are vintage. I sell my Hide-a-Book covers on Etsy and I've had the good fortune to stumble across many talented people who sell a really cool variety of stuff. Here are some items I found that you might like too...

I'm bit obsessed with birds right now and this lovely set of bird bookplates will keep your friends from forgetting to give your book back.

This super sexy romance cover might be embarrassing to be seen reading but I can guarantee you'll get admiring glances with this purse.

You can keep this bodice-ripper bookmark tucked away between the pages of your latest book for your eyes only. I won't tell...

Gotta love that 70's hair with this journal made from a recycled Harlequin novel.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Giveaways From HarperCollins

Free books and a vacation? Just what I need. Courtesy of HarperCollins.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

E-Book Reader With Flexible Screen

Holy Moses it's an electronic scroll! Readius by Polymer Vision is about the size of a standard cell phone. It has a flexible screen that can be pulled out to read ebooks, magazines, newspapers, etc. Sounds way better than the Kindle but will probably be more expensive. Readius will be available in the US early 2009.
-Via New York Times