This Ought To Help Barnes and Noble’s Business

B&NAmazon may seem like an unstoppable juggernaut, and many partisans for their rival, the (comparatively) scrappy Barnes and Noble have no doubt despaired of late, given Amazon’s willingness to forgo profits in order to deny them to others.  But the latest action by a merry band called “Morality in Media” should give them a leg up.  This group has declared Barnes and Noble, along with American Library Association, to be “facilitators of porn”.  Presumably, this should provide Barnes and Noble (along with libraries, I suppose) with throngs of new customers.

By the way, I would like to point out that, rather than that image of B&N, I could have used an image that neatly encapsulated both librarians and porn, which would have no doubt driven some nice traffic my way, but I held off.  This is a classy blog.

~ by smwilliams on April 2, 2013.

6 Responses to “This Ought To Help Barnes and Noble’s Business”

  1. Ha! You should have gone for the porn.

    Seriously, though, I am both shocked at what *isn’t* classified as porn and the peolpe that complain about it. Ya just can’t please everybody. But maybe B&N can change their name to S&M (what does that stand for?) and enjoy some profits.

    • See, I try to keep things classy, and I get cheap jokes about my fake initials. I don’t know why I even bother.

      • Oops! I complete forgot about your initials, I meant “sadomasochism”, as in kinky porn. I guess. I don’t know what I meant. Anyway…what does S.M. stand for?

        • Well, I know you were talking about sadomasochism, I just found it a bit telling that you did it here. In answer to your question, they are genre-dependent initials. For horror, they stand for Stanislov Mordecai, but for my upcoming Edwardian clockpunk romance novel, they stand for Stacia Meredith, because no one wants to read a lusty tale of bodice ripping and shiny brass gears by someone named Stanislov Mordecai.

          Now, I’m off to B&N for a book signing by S.M. Stirling. Perhaps afterward we’ll commiserate over G&Ts about misunderstandings involving out initials.

  2. […] Generally speaking, I like Clarkesworld’s submission tracker, because it sends me a friendly acknowledgement of receipt and lets me keep an eye on how things are going, and it is nice that it has been made available to other markets.  Granted, one rarely gets more information than “open” (and eventually “closed”), but that beats some markets who go with the old “If you don’t hear back in like, oh, 6, 8, maybe 14 months, you can probably assume we didn’t want it” technique.  However, it seems that somewhere in there is a place for filling out a magazine name, and some markets that aren’t Clarkesworld don’t get around to filling it out when they set the thing up, which can be a bit troubling.  I don’t need anyone glancing at my email and seeing subject lines that say “XXXX Magazine Submission”, is what I’m trying to say here.  I get enough looks as it is, and I don’t need Morality in Media on my back. […]

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