SBD: what I’m reading right now

What I’m reading right now:  The Food of Spain by Claudia Rosen.  It’s a gift book, one that I asked for.  It’s a cookbook but includes narrative about culture and history.  Will I cook many any of the recipes?  That remains to be seen.  But the book is a beautiful object and I have enjoyed paging through it so far.

The other thing I’m reading:  Imogenedisease’s original fiction set in a slightly alternative NHL.  This is all The Biochemist’s fault: she linked to the first story and also somehow conned me into becoming a hockey fan.  Some of it might qualify as gay romance, while other stories not so much.  I’m ambivalent about hockey RPF in some ways, both the tropes and self-insertion (the back button is my friend), but there is some thoughtful writing there, hiding among the porn.

Other bookish things:

For the first time since 2001 (I think?), I did not renew my B&N membership.  It’s just not worth it for me at this point: the coupons aren’t accepted at the bookstore closest to me, and the largest one nearby has a poor selection of books (but lots of toys and Nook accessories) that diminishes my interest in browsing.

Aside from Roden’s book, I did not ask for any books for the holiday. I gave two Isabel Allende books as gifts.  B&N gift cards, which have long been a gift staple, were neither given nor received this year.

Last week, JA Konrath’s Cherry Bomb appeared on Amazon’s self-publisher list of best sellers, according to Media Bistro.  I’m kind of confused/curious about who determines what is self-published and how it is done.  I get that Konrath has the rights to the electronic book and self-published the ebook…but it was originally published by Hyperion in 2009.  Does the initial publication via traditional publisher not matter when they are determining who/what is self-published?  I would expect that the book’s long tail and probably a fair portion of the readers of that series were cultivated by the original publication, not the self-published iteration.

 

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  1. get that Konrath has the rights to the electronic book and self-published the ebook…but it was originally published by Hyperion in 2009. Does the initial publication via traditional publisher not matter when they are determining who/what is self-published? I would expect that the book’s long tail and probably a fair portion of the readers of that series were cultivated by the original publication, not the self-published iteration.

    The original publication matters (at least to me). He’s not the first writer to get the rights back and resell it so calling it self-published is a misnomer.

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