There’s a seedy underbelly to the world of digital self-publishing, and it’s best if we all just walk away. If you look too closely in the darkened corners of the Amazon Kindle store, you may be the next victim of titles like A Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay and Taken By The Haunted HDMI Cable (we promise, unfortunately, that both of these titles are all too real).
So when author Lacy Noonan decided to have some sexy, satirical fun with a book more in line with this sphere of the internet, she wrote what promised to be the first book in a series of Gronkerotica titles. Yes, there is a forthcoming series of erotica featuring New England Patriots’ own tight end (no tasteless jokes, please) Rob Gronkowski, otherwise known as Gronk. Noonan’s title, A Gronking to Remember, well…go look it up for yourself.
Unfortunately, Kindle fans of bizarre sex play featuring NFL players will be disappointed to know that–despite tonight’s 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens–Gronk’s sexscapades are no longer available in ebook format. Was it because it was too steamy for e-readers to handle? Was it just too much for 50 Shades fans to swoon over?
No. As it turns out, the NFL is actually serious about copyright issues. Noonan’s cover features an image of Gronkowski that not only did the author not have permission to use, but also dips so far into the realm of low-class as to have a patch in honor of the team’s owner’s recently deceased wife located prominently on his jersey. That’s not to say that the NFL would have overlooked the copyright issue if the “MHK” patch was not front and center, but it certainly didn’t help the author’s case.
For her part, Noonan has stated she didn’t realize it would be a problem, and has apologized. Amazon removed the self-published ebook, but the paperback is still available as that is a CreateSpace title, which is a separate entity within Amazon’s platform. For those of you who mourn the lost opportunity of reading the ebook, don’t worry, the reviews are still online and they’re even more fun than any Gronkerotica could ever be.
Patriots Win, But It’s Not Enough to Save Gronkerotica is a post from: Good e-Reader
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Once the craze settled down some, industry experts were certain we’d reached a happy medium, where both sides of the debate could see the merits for both formats. It seemed as though print and digital would happily exist side-by-side, despite controversies such as the Apple ebook price fixing suit, and the more recent Amazon-Hachette/Simon&Schuster/Macmillan pricing disputes.
Now, according to a report in Time, not only are ebook sales down while print sales continue to rise, e-readers sales are in a slump as well. Some outlets, like UK bookstore chain Waterstones, have reported that sales of Kindle e-readers have stopped almost entirely.
"The rapid growth of ebook sales has quite dramatically slowed and there is some evidence it has gone into reverse," said Douglas McCabe of Enders Analysis in an interview with Time.
Of course, this news hasn’t stopped authors, particularly the authors who are continuing to self-publish, and the ones who are continuing to thrive in a once-again uncertain industry. Predictions from industry experts like Mark Coker have stated that the number of indie authors may decrease, but that the quality of content and business activity of the remaining authors will increase.
|The other day I posted about a new 13.3-inch E Ink ereader from Netronix. In the background of the video you could see a smaller device that wasn’t demoed. In addition to the 13.3-inch device, Netronix also has a 6.8-inch version with the same set of features. Both are note taking devices in addition to […]|
With the Winter 2015 simulcast season now getting underway, here's a look at six of the new titles making their premiere on the Crunchyroll streaming service.
Absolute Duo: This series is based on the light novel series written by Takumi Hiiragiboshi and illustrated by Yu Asaba. The series focuses on Thor Kokonoe, a young man who has lost a loved one in a tragic accident. He enrolls in Koryo Academy, where ever student has a weapon that is their soul manifestation, but is dismayed to discover that his soul is a shield instead of a weapon. Absolute Duo streams on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and is available to viewers in Europe (except for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!: This parody of magical girl anime was created by Kurari Umatani, and it revolves around the members of the "Earth Defense Club" aka the "Do Nothing Club" at Binan High School. When the club members soak in a hot bath together, a mysterious pink wombat appears and asks them to lend their help to protect the Earth. After receiving magical bracelets, they transform into the Battle Lovers. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! streams on Tuesdays at 10:40 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and is available to viewers worldwide excluding Asia.
KanColle: This series is based on a free-to-play online card game that was developed by Kadokawa Games. It's set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the "deep sea fleet." The only hope to counter this threat is a group of teenage girls known as Kanmusu, who possess the spirit of Japanese warships. The story focuses on Fubuki, a destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kanmusu. KanColle streams on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and is available to viewers in the United States and its territories, Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
Saekano –How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-: This is a series based on a light novel written by Fumiaki Maruto and illustrated by Kurehito Misaki. An otaku high school student named Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl that inspires him to design a "gal-game" that features a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. But Tomoya is surprised when he learns the girl that inspired his project is his boring classmate, Megumi Kato. Saekano –How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- streams on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and is available to viewers in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
The Testament of Sister New Devil: This anime is based on a light novel series written by Tetsuto Useu and illustrated by Nekosuke Okuma. High school student Basara Toujo's father has suddenly remarried, and Basara finds himself alone with his two new beautiful step-sisters after his father suddenly departs. It turns out that Basara's new sisters are the new Demon Lord and a succubus, and he accidentally forms a reverse contract with one of them and becomes her master. The Testament of Sister New Devil streams on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and is available to viewers in the United States and its territories, Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (and its territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Yurikuma Arashi: This anime is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, who is also known for directing Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum. After a meteor shower lit up the sky over the Earth, strange yet adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. Humans fought back, and in the end, a barrier known as the Wall of Extinction was erected to separate the humans from the bears. Several years later, two of the bears disguise themselves as humans and enroll in Arashihaoka Academy. Yurikuma Arashi streams on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in Europe (except the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East, and North Africa.