Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Nookd Again

On Thursday, May 22 I posted something I discovered with my new e-reader and "War and Peace." You can read it here: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2012/05/nookd.html. Since then the story has been picked up by a number of "tech blogs" and other Internet sites.

Prior to my "Nookd" story the most page views I have ever had for one post was 567 (January 2011 snow storm photos). As I write, I have now had more than 57,000 page views of the "Nookd" post! I think my story is going viral!

To see what I mean, simply do an Internet search for "Nookd."

[Update at 12:45 pm, Tuesday: Sundae Horn just posted a story about this in the Ocracoke Current (http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/34726). My blog may not actually qualify as "going viral" but just since this morning I have picked up another 800 page views.]

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of a few traditional Ocracoke Island recipes. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052112.htm.


  1. It sure is viral! You've also got coverage on MSNBC's, Washington Post's and PC Magazine's websites. Hope this keeps growing the readership of this wonderful blog!

  2. Anonymous6:18 AM

    I looked it up. So interesting for you! Amazing!

  3. Anonymous6:34 AM

    So, how's it going, your "Let's Chat" chats? Curious to learn how they're being received/attended now that Ocracoke's high season is gearing up.

    Are you maintaining your week-daily pace? Noticing return visitors? Earning any tips? Making new friends? Spotting any celebrities? Muttering more and more "Some people's kids!" Rethinking the whole concept? Considering expanding your pizer to accommodate growing crowds?

    Your photo off to the right-hand side of your blog page sparked today's question. Perhaps the subject of a future post?

    Thanks, as always, for fielding such flights-of-fancy inquiries, Philip.

    You remain a most-gracious blog host.

  4. debbie s.7:06 AM

    omg- thats just too funny lololol

    and hey- maybe some new folks will discover the wonder of ocracoke ;) aside, of course, from our very astute bloggers lololol

  5. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Hmm maybe a regular reader of your blog tipped some one off--maybe someone alerted the drudge report?

  6. "Let's Chat" has been fun -- one hour to reconnect with long-time visitors to the island and/or to meet first-timers. One family group even brought fossilized horse teeth to show me (they were found on the island). Hope to see you on the pizer one day soon!

  7. Anonymous11:51 AM

    You, Philip, are a phenomenon! I think you may have coined a new word.

  8. Anonymous4:50 PM

    Just a note, Mr. Howard, in case the press asks you how you came to own a Nook, it was a birthday gift from a friend. My Nook, however, lives in the bottom drawer of my desk from the first day. I can't cross over the line so I am possibly Nookd as well. My fault, I should have asked for a fairy garden!

  9. Anonymous9:57 AM

    What Teenagers and Knives hasn't gone viral. That post was a classic.

  10. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Googled nookd again--Your fame has spread to the land down under. They even have a link to your blog. Are you still getting a lot of hits?

  11. As I write I am approaching 60,000 page views for the "Nookd" post!

  12. I just learned that NPR Marketplace made mention of this journal and "Nookd" today. You can listen to the podcast here: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/mid-day-update/podcast-bad-tenants-and-advice-live-longer

    The segment is at the very end, at 21:27.

  13. Anonymous3:41 PM

    Wow! This could be a long "15 minutes..."
    Do you by any chance know who first picked up your story?

  14. I am not sure who discovered the story first, but it sure has spread!

  15. Anonymous1:19 AM

    How much did you pay for your e-book of War and Peace $.99? Wow what an investment some hapless publishing intern has created much ado about nothing for a slow news day. I hope some benefactor will keep you in e-books perhaps you will be in a RIF reading is fun ad with a milk mustache hold on to your hats boyz we are in for a bumpby ride

  16. Anonymous3:25 AM

    Hi Phillip - you might be interested in this take sparked by your story! Also love the crafts - you should ship to the uk!


  17. Just had to share that your story has made it across the sea! http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/jun/07/war-and-peace-ebook-nook

    AND it was featured in Publisher's Weekly's newsletter today! So nice to keep seeing Ocracoke pop up in my life...

  18. The story has also made it to Italy, Hungary, Russia, Australia, and who knows where else.

    Lou Ann says I've coined a new word, or maybe a new phrase: "It just got Nookd!"

    This notice recently went up on Superior Formatting Publishing's web site: "Regarding Our Copy of War and Peace on The Nook

    We have seen several blog posts and articles that highlight the fact that the word Kindle was replaced with the word Nook on our copy of War and Peace being sold on Barnes and Noble.

    This happened because all of our titles were originally published on the Amazon Kindle platform first, and the titles formerly had a small paragraph of text describing our works at the beginning of the book. This paragraph had the word Kindle in it several times. When Barnes and Noble released their publishing platform we were obviously excited to offer our books there as well. A Find and Replace was done on the introductory paragraph to replace the word Kindle with Nook (along with some other formatting modifications specific to the Nook editions). On this particular title there was obviously a mistake in which the process was carried out on the entire work, instead of just the intro text.

    Barnes and Noble promptly brought this to our attention and the issue was resolved. The current copy of War and Peace on sale has had the error fixed. This was a simple editing mistake and we apologize for any inconvenience caused."

    Just for the record, I notified Barnes & Noble about the "substitution" immediately after I discovered it, but never got a reply from them. Had I been told how the error happened it is unlikely that I would have made my original post.

  19. Anonymous3:42 PM

    The story made it to Time's website today.



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