The Solomon Scandals
The D.C. newspaper novel, the media,the Washington area, tech and other surrealism: David Rothman at large

Your wisdom, please, readers. Did you think that the blonde woman on the cover of The Solomon Scandals‘s electronic edition was too sexy? For now, we’re reverting to the original cover, shown in the e-book ad on the right. A giant Sy Solomon is plunking down a wildly unwanted skyscraper that he bribed an obliging […]

A sign that the U.S. economy is looking up? Twilight Times Books has ended the 99-cent sale, and the e-book edition of The Solomon Scandals is back at its former price of $2.99 on Amazon. I myself liked the 99 cents, but this is my publisher’s choice to make, and I actually can see both […]

The new Google eBookstore, a rival to the Kindle Store, didn’t disappoint me when I tried it just now. Books display on PCs, Macs, iPads, nooks and other gadgets (although not the Kindle), even offline—and you can adjust the type size and style, line spacing, and other variables. More info here. Also see Google Blog. […]

Update, Nov. 5, 2010: I’ve disabled the iPad mode for the moment but will probably bring it back when I have more time to experiment. I still love the idea. – D.R. Own an iPad? Go to this post if you’re not reading it on your Pad already. In iPad-style splendor, you can see an overview of […]

Remember my optimism about Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, the play by the Engel twins, based on the life of the uppity liberal Texas columnist who fondly gave George Bush the nickname of “Shrub”? So far, the write-ups are upbeat, and I predict that R.H.P. will make it to Broadway—aided by […]

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The Kindle e-book reader is going global, with official support for 100+ countries, and there’s also a price drop to a mere $259 for the domestic model.  The global one costs $279. Ouch. Still too high. And there are other issues, such as the Kindle’s inability to read the new standard for e-books—ePub, as the […]

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Scandals may be as close as your keyboard even if you live outside the U.S. Try the Book Depository. It offers free shipping to dozens of countries. Also see other buying info.

Hollywood mentions pop up in The Solomon Scandals, my Washington newspaper novel. L.A. and D.C. overlap, all right, and even the peons can fixate on this. In Scandals, a GS-11 bureaucrat isn’t just dreaming of making a mint as a tabloid tipster. He already knows who’ll play him in the movie. Closer to real life, […]

Originally posted on Aug. 6, 2009. Moved back to play up basics of The Solomon Scandals. – D.R. RIP, Budd Schulberg. I hated to see the Washington Post obit blog remind us you’d outlived your fame. Of course, I was glad you reached 95, but I wish the media and the public hadn’t been so […]

If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can buy The Solomon Scandals at the Fictionwise/Stanza store. Within Stanza on your iPhone, just go to to the Online Catalog, then choose Fictionwise. The latter screen contains instructions. You can search for The Solomon Scandals by name. The screenshot gives you an idea of what you’ll […]

Kudos to Books On Board, one of the Net’s leading e-book stores, for playing up The Solomon Scandals on the home page and for offering it first in nonDRMed ePub format—readable on recent Sony Readers, the iPhone with Stanza, and otherwise. Additional popular formats will follow. We’ll highlight other retailers, both electronic and paper, that […]

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Psst! Advance promo copies of The Solomon Scandals are on sale now in e-book format (retail $5.95 USD). Twilight Times Books is also taking advance orders for First Editions in trade paperback (retail $16.95 USD). The paperbacks will ship in January 2009. These are “pre-release promotional copies.” Twilight’s phone number is 423-323-0183, and other ordering […]