Wednesday, May 03, 2006

MAKING THE BIG (STAR)BUCKS

Nearly every news outlet has picked up the "we want to promote movies!" part of this story ("A Small Step at Starbucks From Mocha to Movies") but few seem to have noticed that Starbucks is also announcing its intent to start publishing its own books:
Mr. Schultz said he was also considering self-publishing books for Starbucks stores. "I want to bring books to the marketplace that perhaps can't be found," he said, citing "The Kite Runner," a novel about an Afghan boy that won a huge readership through word of mouth, as an example of the sort of content he would seek. "There's no reason to believe we can't be a self-publisher."

I am sure publishers and booksellers are not thrilled to hear about this, but it does make a kind of sense. Something about sitting in a Starbucks does lend itself to writing ...
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.