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Nearly 81% of eReader Owners Would ‘Likely’ Buy eBooks Online from Indie Bookstores

According to Digtal Book World and Verso survey, nearly 81 percent of eReader owners would “likely” buy eBooks online from independent booksellers–as long as the prices were competitive. We’ve embedded a slide from the presentation above, click to enlarge.

At the Digital Book World conference in New York City, director of programming Guy LeCharles Gonzalez introduced statistics from the Consumer Book Survey. Google eBookstore allows indie booksellers to sell digital books, but, as eBookNewser reported, it is very hard to compete with larger retailers.

Here’s more from Gonzalez: “As in last year’s study, independent booksellers enjoy a slight mindshare advantage over their brick-and-mortar competitors … This year’s study found that, while the preference to shop with indies is greater with men and the college-educated, it’s much less so with women and those having higher household incomes. The higher [household income respondents] disproportionately prefer to shop at retail chains and online.”

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Booked: Optimists Versus Monsters

dreadful.pngToday’s edition of our Booked feature includes monster mash-up writers and publishing optimists in two events located hundreds of miles apart.

Tonight Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Ami Greko, and Ryan Chapman will host another 7x20x21 event, giving seven industry innovators a chance to show off their projects in quick slideshows. Click here to RSVP for the event at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC.

If you live in Chicago, check out Quirk Book’s Monster Mash-Up Panel at the C2E2 festival on Friday. Here are more details: “Seth Grahame-Smith, Ben Winters, Steve Hockensmith, and Jason Rekulak: all the masterminds behind the Quirk Classics in one place, for the first time. Ever! If you’re going to C2E2, come by Room E351 on April 16 at 8PM. They will all be there to talk zombies, kraken, robots, more zombies, ninjas, and Jane Austen.”

Booked features the best events that come across our literary radar. Got any suggestions? Send them here. (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of The Dreadfuls image via)

Ward Sutton’s Cartoon Book Reviews

Last night GalleyCat covered Digital Book World‘s 7x20x21 event, a series of presentations by seven industry professionals, each given seven minutes, the chance to choose 20 slides, and 21 seconds to talk about each picture. The night was hosted by and Ami Greko and Guy LeCharles Gonzalez.

All seven presenters focused on publishing optimism, but cartoonist Ward Sutton had a particularly cheery story–explaining how he re-invented his career as a pioneering book reviewing cartoonist. As the video above shows, he found new work following a GalleyCat interview last year. In addition, Sutton explored his newest project, reviewing children’s books with his signature style. Follow this link to read his cartoon reviews.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Digital Book World’s 7x20x21 event, and check The New Sleekness blog for slides and materials from the presentations.

What Should Writers Blog About?

wc09 copy.jpgAspiring authors around the country know they should be blogging and Twitter-ing, but many of them don’t know what to blog about. At the New York Round Table Writers’ Conference on Friday, a panel of professional web writers debated this tough topic.

Roy Sekoff, the founding editor of The Huffington Post, told attendees: “If you can blog about the thing you are writing about [in your book], even tangentially, that’s interesting.” The editor noted that a playwright called him last week, asking to write about the newly released torture memos–partly to promote his new play about torture, partly to blog his thoughts about the breaking news.

mediabistro.com managing editor Rebecca Fox suggested authors create Twitter accounts for fictional characters–blogging in character as they write the novel. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez from Spindle Magazine recommended that aspiring authors and bloggers follow one writer’s example: “Neil Gaiman is not pushing his new book, he’s blogging about things that interest him.”