Three of the four charts are oddly skewed this week, with Hawkeye, DC comics, and The Walking Dead each taking over a different top ten.
1. Forever Evil #5
Marvel dominates the comiXology top ten this week, taking eight of the ten slots; they had two #1 issues, including the much-hyped appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, and 99-cent sale on Hawkeye helps as well.
1. Hyperbole and a Half
The Kindle top ten is always an interesting mix; Hyperbole and a Half continues to dominate, and below that there’s a mix of genres and formats—The Walking Dead in collected and single-issue form, two Game of Thrones tie-ins, two issues of the second season of Tom Taylor’s Injustice… Kindle readers are nothing if not eclectic.
1. Naruto, vol. 64
After weeks of stasis, the Nook chart has moved quite a bit. It’s dominated by 99-cent single-issue DC comics, at least one of which (Mad Magazine #1) used to be free, so it may be that its position on the chart reflects a lot of free downloads.
1. The Walking Dead #120
Down at the iBookstore, it looks like The Walking Dead have taken over; gone are the multiple issues of My Little Pony that usually share the space. It’s interesting that while the first volume of The Walking Dead charts reliably on the Kindle and Nook platforms, only in iBooks do the more recent volumes pop up. It looks like they are up to date on Injustice Year Two as well, but that issue #3 is a pre-order.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Flappy Bird has been one of the breakout success stories of 2014, with it rising to the top of the app charts for iOS or Android. The Vietnamese developer was making close to $50,000 per day in advertising revenue from the apps. Many news outlets and media have been petitioning Dong Nguyen about interviews. Unable to cope with the fame and the growing tide of people who said the art assets have been ripped off from Nintendo games, the app has been pulled down.
What may also come as a surprise to fans–even a shock, to some–is that author LJ Smith was cut out of the series by the publisher after the fourth book, even though she had already written the fifth book in the series. At the time that she was expecting to receive remarks from her editor at the publishing house, she instead received a letter telling her they were going with a ghostwriter to finish the series. A very in-depth and authoritative post on the subject can be found HERE.
Now, in a move that Good e-Reader has suggested for authors like JK Rowling, among others, Smith has found a home for her work on her series in Amazon’s Kindle Worlds fan fiction site, allowing even the original creator of the characters and story line to have fun and success at the same time while breathing new life into the title.
Smith, whose work has joined the more than three hundred stories that have already been published through the licensing agreements set up by Kindle Worlds, currently holds the top spot for her continuation of the Vampire Diaries. Even more interesting, readers can pick up book three in the series (traditionally published), and then choose to either go with the publisher’s concept in book four, or Smith’s newly revised version of what should happen in book four.
Once relegated to the iffy realm of overzealous fans who just couldn’t let go, fan fiction has taken on a sudden literary acceptance the likes of which the industry hasn’t seen since self-publishing first became acceptable. While some fanfic writers still spurn publishing of the genre for profit by saying it essentially strips away the reason for writing it, others have found success and even critical acclaim for their work. Still others have even garnered the praise and support of the author who originally created with world these newcomers are crafting for. Regardless of the processes involved in creating a book–whether entirely one’s own concept or a building of another’s prior work–digital publishing has allowed fan fiction writers to reach broader audiences with their stories, and to enjoy the same successes that other authors can.
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