I'm surprised Black hasn't been picked up by a major publisher already, not just because she's an incredibly talented writer, which she is, but because her stories are so universally appealing and... well... human.
Scribd advertises itself as a social publishing web site where you can upload your writings and documents instantly and discover unique content. They don't add that you can also steal people's books, but you sure can.
I recently re-issued the free app as a lengthy excerpt and posted 150 pages of "Knife Music" on Scribd.com. Since then some folks have asked me whether giving away the whole book or these extended free samples has helped sell books.
Several months ago, one of the web measurement companies released a report that showed that Facebook had surpassed Google as the number one driver of traffic to major news and entertainment portals like Yahoo and MSN (13% vs. 7%).
We're starting a regular feature on HuffPost that we're calling Scribd Editor's Pick, which will introduce you to some of the rising talent found on our site. I hope you find them as wonderful as we do!
There's no doubt that e-reading will continue to proliferate, not only in volume but also in format and richness of experiences. As a lover of the written word, I'm incredibly heartened by this Renaissance.