Adult eBook Sales are – Erm – Up

No, no, no, not that kind of “adult eBook!”
This kind

Adult fiction ebooks outsold hardcovers in 2011: survey
by Christine Kearney (Reuters)

Electronic books more than doubled in popularity in 2011, with ebooks outselling hardcover books in adult fiction for the first time, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Net sales of e-books jumped to 15 percent of the market in 2011 from 6 percent in 2010, according to a report by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. The groups compiled data provided by nearly 2,000 publishers…

While ebooks increased in strength, bringing in more than $2 billion in 2011, the majority of publishers’ revenue still came from print books, with $11.1 billion in 2011…

Ebooks have been growing in popularity for the past several years, even after major publishers were initially slow to embrace digital formats.

According to the report, in the adult fiction category, e-books accounted for 30 percent of total net publisher sales compared to a 13 percent share the year before.

Adult fiction ebooks beat hardcovers for the first time, however the combined print formats including hardcover, trade paperback and mass market paperback still had more revenue than ebooks.

“Ebooks have demonstrated unprecedented acceptance among readers but the various print formats remain dynamic as well, showing that consumers want options,” Vlahos said.

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In other words, there’s no story here. At least not one that fits the headline Reuters gave it. Why make an announcement of sales figures into a pseudo-conflict between eBooks and print and then further emphasize a non-existent “winner?” Oh, OldMedia, why can’t you play fair? Is it because you know you’re doomed?

Hmm, our last sentence just showed that there really is a conflict after all. Sorry, folks, we’ll just tiptoe away…

EDITED TO ADD: Okay, okay, we confess! The only reason we ran this was  because we wanted to do the thing with those two pics and their captions. Man, life sucks when you get caught. Damn.

ABC Family, NOW AND THEN, and Marlene King

Quick Quiz: What do ABC Family, the film NOW AND THEN, and Marlene King have in common?

ABC Family Developing NOW AND THEN TV Series
by Margaret Lyons

Before she was the showrunner for Pretty Little Liars, I. Marlene King wrote the screenplay for the 1995 slumber-party staple Now and Then. Now there’s talk of her combining these treasures into a Now and Then–based TV series for ABC Family, Variety reports. King and the network are still in the early stages of developing the show, so a finished product is pretty far off — but that just gives us more time to figure out how to LARP inside the idea of a TV show. Except for Ashleigh Aston Moore, who died in 2007, the actresses who played the kids in the movie are now juuuust about the right age to play the grown-ups in this new imagining …

Quick Quiz Answer: We TV writing mayvens of TVWriter™ have never watched anything involving any of the above. But we’re always happy to write about writers who succeed, especially when they get to make a deal based on material they’ve been loving on for almost 20 years.

Besides, this City of Bones thing in Marlene’s pic looks awesome, doesn’t it? And it starts shooting any day.

David E. Kelley Re Kathy Bates

Don’t think of this as more inane Emmy commentary. Think of it as inane Emmy commentary from one of  TV’s most successful writer-producers!

EMMYS: David E. Kelley On ‘Harry’s Law’s Nominations And Cancellation
By Nellie Andreeva

Series cancelled before their time rarely fare well at the Emmys in their last go-around. But NBC’s Harry’s Law defied the odds, landing two noms for its second and final season — the same as last year. Star Kathy Bates earned her second nom in the best actress in a drama series category, and Jean Smart was nominated in the guest actress field for her recurring role as D.A. Roseanna Remmick. David E. Kelley’s legal dramedy was nominated in the same categories last year, winning for guest actor (Paul McCrane). Emmy winner Kelley said he didn’t have any expectations going into Emmy season. “Once you out of sight, you tend to go out of mind,” he said. Nevertheless, “we knew we had first-class actress in Kathy Bates, and Jean Smart had a terrific turn. We just adore Kathy and still feel that she deserved better with the show…”

Harry’s Law was a TV rarity — a series with a sixtysomething woman as the lead. It faced an uphill battle from the get-go, launching in midseason 2011 with no promotion, Kelley said. “They didn’t think the show had any chance but surprisingly, we did catch on in our first year and over the two-year run, we were (NBC’s) No. 1-No. 2 scripted series (in total viewers),” he said. While very soft in the 18-49 demo, Harry’s Law drew audiences. This past season that led to the cancellation, it was NBC’s second most-watched drama series with 8.8 million viewers, just a smidgen behind Smash, which had a Super Bowl-boosted launch and NBC’s biggest series, The Voice, as a lead-in.

With those numbers, “we did hold out some hope that, on a network that does not have a whole lot of success, we may have a chance, but it didn’t work out at the end,” Kelley said. “They loved the show but said they couldn’t monetize it because the viewers were too old. The fact that they would say that was scary, the idea that they can’t monetize 8-9 million viewers gave me a pause.” Because he loved the experience working on the show, Kelley wanted to keep going and pondered starting a “fight to change the nature of the business.” But being a storyteller at heart, Kelley ultimately chose to move on and is now working on his new series, TNT’s medical drama Monday Mornings, which was picked up to series the same week Harry’s Law was cancelled. The cancellation struck a chord with fans who still mourn the loss of their show…

Kelley said that the fans’ reaction to the cancellation has been gratifying. “If you you go out, it’s better to go out loved,” he said. And despite NBC’s axing of his show, Kelley says he doesn’t hold a grudge and respects new NBC topper Bob Greenblatt. Kelley’s move to TNT for Monday Mornings, his first cable series, does not mean a move away from broadcast, he said. “I still love broadcast TV; I started off on LA Law, so I have strong feelings for NBC and want to be part of its resurrection if that happens.”

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Hmm, Mr. Kelley sounds just like a politician. Who’d a’guessed?

Is This How You’ll Shoot Your Next Video?

Vyclone Launches Social Video Collaboration App
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

We could have re-edited this announcement, but we’re on the web, where we all know that whatever is quickest is best.  So here’s what the Vyclone folks say about the app they released today:

Vyclone is the simplest and fastest way to co-create, sync and edit multiple videos of a shared event. Perfect for capturing all of life’s events, from birthday parties to sporting events and concerts, Vyclone synchronizes and edits multiple users’ clips to create one movie with all the angles cut together. The movie can be remixed, or edited, to the user’s liking, then shared with Vyclone’s vibrant community and other social media platforms.

Vyclone gives users the tools to make any shared captured experience social. App features include:
• Ability to film from four different camera angles in a variety of filters including black & white and sepia
• Simple video editing tools including one-tap and multi-camera editing
• Option to share videos privately, with friends or the Vyclone community
• One-tap sharing to Facebook and Twitter or to the camera roll on iPhone or iPod touch to share anywhere
• Discover featured, new, and popular content from Vyclone’s active community
• Ability to tag friends and events, comment on videos, like videos, and follow other Vyclone users

Simultaneous multi-camera? For reals? Instant editing and sharing? Quite honestly, this sounds like the perfect tool for peer-produced video. We’ll report back after we’ve given Vyclone a fair try.