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Shenanigans! Now Live On Amazon

Well, the day has finally arrived! Shenanigans! is available for order from Amazon.com for $9.99!!

Initial reviews are indeed favorable. Here are a few of the blurbs:

“The voice in Shenanigans! is muscular, rhythmic, and full of whizz-bang linguistic energy. The stories view the world with the kind of self-deprecating humor that makes you want to spend an afternoon just wandering around in Benjamin’s mind. Read Shenanigans! You’ll laugh, you’ll think…you’ll have a great time.” — Amy Hassinger, author of Nina Adolescence

“Shenanigans! is the textual photo-album of Anna and Ben, language made to Polaroid the gentle tangle of coupling and maturation. This is a collection wonderfully tinged with humor, beautifully tempered with landscape, and soaked in the genuine.”
– J. A. Tyler, author of Girl With Oars & Man Dying

“The charm of Joseph Michael Owens’s debut collection, Shenanigans! can be found in his voice. At heart, these are a young man‟s stories of love and loss, of life and death. There‟s a sincerity that flirts with retro yet feels like innovation. Each one reads like a conversation … unscathed by the unsentimental tone that too often passes for hipness in this day and age, yet clearly of his own time. These are honest stories.” – Karen Gettert Shoemaker author of Night Sounds and Other Stories

“Between Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace‟s essays, Joseph Owens‟s stories will take you through a caffeinated romp through his life, its exciting highs and frightening lows. Dogs, horses, bicycles come alive with as much love and empathy as the people he holds dear. Owens’s voice, spirited, crackling with energy, is too fierce, and engaging to be ignored.” – Catherine Texier, author of Russian Lessons, The Breakup

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The Real Cost of Amazon’s Bullying of Penguin: A Musing Quickie

I think my biggest problem lies with Amazon’s (latest) bullying attempt.  Once consumers/ readers get it in their heads that, not only ebooks, but hardcovers as well are only worth $9.99, an already fledgling industry will [quite possibly] become even more so.  Book sales overall could even go down, negating the influx we’ve seen as of late from eBooks.

Right now, Amazon ostensibly takes a loss on every book they sell at $9.99 because they initially buy them from the publisher for $13.00 – 14.00.  They are trying to do, in my opinion, what Apple did early on with iTunes and this trying to create an enormous install base of users (this time, think Kindle), upon which time they’ll likely jack the prices of eBooks back up once their competition (the iPad, Nook, and Co.) have been sufficiently stamped out–content-wise (Amazon saw Apple’s iPad as a serious enough threat to its Kindle to create an app for its competitor enabling it to read the Kindle’s eBooks).

Though for an historical example of exactly this type of scenario, just look at Apple’s iTunes and the amount of single songs that have now jumped to $1.29 from the $0.99 they ubiquitously once were, and consider that it might be an indicator of [again, possible] things to come …

Fortunately, at least one Publishing House gets it and has the right idea.  This video certainly gives hope to those of us who still want to earn our crust by putting words on pages: http://bit.ly/aB4ucs (Watch the whole thing from start to finish, it’s only 2:26 long; the pay off is well worth it!)
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