Thomas Ligotti gets the Penguin Classics seal of approval

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thomas Ligotti could be called an acquired taste for some, in the same sense that some evangelical preachers acquire resistance to snakebite and strychnine. This most mordant, bleak, and pessimistic of horror writers hardly lays himself out to make things easier for readers, or to court success. [...]

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those arguments “highly unorthodox,” she goes over them with the help of some anti-trust experts. The [...]

Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to support a new 8” device. Details are sketchy—there are no new submissions to the FCC, and [...]

‘Author’ organizations make noise on behalf of publishers

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-publishing advocate Barry Eisler has an opinion piece on Techdirt discussing the way that so many organizations with “authors” in the name (Authors Guild, Authors United, etc.) seem to be arguing on behalf of publishers rather than authors. Now look, there’s nothing wrong with lobbying [...]

Amazon, Authors United, and anti-trust issues

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here we have a few articles about putative Amazon malfeasance. The subject seems to be getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s probably going to get more. The snowballs have begun rolling down the hill, and they’re only going to pick up more momentum as they go. First, here’s a piece from [...]

Authors Guild complains about publishers’ low e-book royalties

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Authors Guild has issued the opening salvo in its Fair Contract Initiative. The organization has released a lengthy report to its membership detailing the inadequate royalties authors are currently issued on e-books, Publishers Weekly reports. The current standard e-book royalty is 25% of [...]

‘On loving books I can’t remember’

By David Rothman
June 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

“I’ve struggled with this realization for a while now. I tell myself I’ll go back and reread them, but there’s always some shiny new book I’m dying to read instead, and endless piles on my shelves I still must get to. When I consider how many books I consume each year, I suppose it’s [...]

Picking a pen name (or marrying a real one)

By David Rothman
May 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yes, “Becca” is probably a friendlier name for the author of a kid’s book than is “Rebecca.”  But what about other factors, such as shelf position, not to mention the possibility of even marrying right? Oh, the possibilities. Kindle Boards has a lively discussion on writers’ names, [...]

A History of Pen Names (Infographic)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s a fun infographic from PrinterInks about pen names. Who had what pen name? How were the most prolific authors with pseudonyms and more. Some will be familiar–we all knew Mark Twain was a pen name, right? Others might not be. I’ll even admit that I didn’t recognize [...]

Gaughran Exposes Author Solutions as Worse Than We Thought

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Seriously, I’ve thought Author Solutions was pretty bad, horrible and no good. But the latest article by David Gaughran makes it clear that they are even worse than I’d thought. For those of you who may have been either under a rock or hiking in the Himalayas (do they have cell signal [...]

July Author Earnings report surveys DRM, genre sales

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Hugh Howey and Data Guy have done it again, producing another interesting report on a sample of data scraped from Amazon. The July report re-runs the numbers for their main chart based on the new data, then branches out into a couple of interesting new measurements—including one that I [...]

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