Miscellania V.1.8.2012

LONG LIVE THE E-BOOK: When Amazon first announced the arrival of its ubiquitous e-reader, the Kindle, it created a semi-panic amongst authors, publishers, and those who believed that e-books would kill the publishing industry as we know it.  It reminded me of a similar panic when MTV launched back in 1981 and everyone thought the music industry was dying.  Same kind of panic that erupted when CDs were first manufactured.  Everyone thought vinyl records were a goner.

As a writer, I have always taken a wait-and-see stance when it comes to manufactured panic.  There’s always going to be a group of Chicken Littles that exclaim, “The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!”

So I was encouraged when I read recently that Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sold over 1 million electronic copies since its release, with combined digital sales of all three books logging over three million sales.

Read the full story here.

UNEMPLOYMENT TOUGHER ON ARTS GRADUATES: A new study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states that the rate of success in the current job market is related to one’s major in college. With the unemployment rate for recent college graduates at a depressing 8.9%, the study looked to answer this question: Is it still worth it to go to college?Their answer, after exhaustive research that didn’t necessarily provide any newfound confidence in higher education, was unequivocally yes, of course. But what the study discovered was that Arts majors face a much higher jobless rate, 11.5%, than most others. The good news is that overall unemployment for people with graduate degrees is only 3%.

The study went on to say that undergraduate majors geared toward creating technology rather than using it were more likely to get jobs and higher salaries. The general trend for higher unemployment rates leans toward nontechnical majors like Social Sciences and Arts. The worst rate of unemployment, 13.9%, occurs for Architecture graduates. Median salary for recent Arts graduates is $30,000 compared to $55,000 for Engineering grads.

Read the full report, in summary or in full, at:
http://cew.georgetown.edu/unemployment/

NEW RELEASES, JANUARY 2012:

  • Shadows In Flight – Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Series)
  • Death of Kings – Bernard Cornwell
  • Taken – Robert Crais
  • Need You Now – James Grippando
  • Raylin – Elmore Leonard
  • All I Did Was Shoot My Man – Walter Mosley
  • Odds – Stewart O’Nan
UPCOMING RELEASES TO GET EXCITED ABOUT:
  • The Wolf Gift – Anne Rice
  • The Wind Through The Keyhole – Stephen King (A Dark Tower novel)
  • Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness (follow-up to A Discovery of Witches)
  • Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult
  • In One Person – John Irving
  • Ruins – Orson Scott Card
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