Friday’s Media Report
Breaking technology news: Sony are no longer to pay for the distribution of 3D glasses to US cinemas, which effectively puts a huge nail in the coffin of 3D for this particular cycle. Early reports on the 3D cinema’s great hope, Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’ is that it has ‘the dead, glassy horror of waxworks come to life’.
The Kindle Touch, which does away with all those buttons and finally looks like something you’d own, doesn’t have a UK release yet, although it’s out next week in the US. Rumour has it that Kindle hasn’t been able to assemble the content partners it needs for European release. Instead we’re being offered a crummier version. I guess we’ll have to hang on to our books for a while yet. Or, if you’re like me, just stick to books until all bugs are ironed out once and for all.
And the ‘War Of The Worlds’ game I wrote for Paramount is about to come out, so I’m doing interviews about what turned out to be the most enjoyable work of the last year. Meanwhile, back in the world of bits of paper, I’m heading for sunny (and I do mean ‘sunny’) Brighton for a day of signings and panels. Sadly I can’t stay for the big bashes tomorrow night, but I’ll be around London signing in most major stores over the next few days. Super Thursday (the biggest release day of the book year) was also my launch date.
And what, you might ask, of my own new books? Ah, well, I have the first copies of ‘The Memory of Blood’ in my hot and stickies, no ‘Red Gloves’ yet but I’m hoping to find them in Brighton, and ‘Hell Train’ should be getting finished copies soon. After that, there will be a short break while I go a-wandering, to return and start the final Bryant & May, and two new thrillers. Over and out!