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Writing and Publishing

Writing and Publishing

After my post regarding Amazon's crackdown on 'interactive' e-books, I started asking for a clarification of just what this means. Is any form of URL linking permitted inside an e-book? How, exactly, is Amazon defining...

Apparently it took the advent of e-books to make people fully aware of just how much they loved paper books. The latest evidence of this is the proliferation of perfumes and...

Many, myself included, have embraced scholarly open access publishing as an antidote to the ills and exploitative practices of mainstream academic, scientific, and scholarly publishing. However, not all scholarly open access...

Rakuten, parent company of Kobo and Overdrive, is shuttering its European retail site Rakuten.co.uk as of the end of August, according to reports in TechCrunch and Engadget. Formerly known as Play.com,...

On BookRiot, Hannah Engler delves 125 years into the past to find an uncannily prescient publishing satire. The book in question is New Grub Street, by George Gissing, which follows a...

Why aren’t Apple and Google selling more e-books? Gareth Cuddy, founder and CEO of digital publishing startup Vearsa, ponders this question on Vearsa’s blog. (We’ve covered Cuddy’s innovation efforts in the...

Today I noticed a way in which the Big 5 print publishers are falling behind some companies in the movie industry. Strange as it is to say about a company that’s...

What is it about the idea of serialized books and “binge” reading that makes so many people unclear on the concept? I already covered this with regard to Harlequin, which announced...

The UK Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), responsible for authors' rights and licenses in Britain, shared an interview with Crystal Mahey-Morgan, creator of the digital publishing platform OWN IT! And...

Jane Friedman, a self-publishing guru and formerly one of the powers behind Writers Digest, shares some thoughts on the current trend toward print supposedly coming back. Backing up her analysis with charts, Friedman effectively...

AMAZON

Courtesy of the Kboards, a worrying item about struggling e-book sites and their ability to monetize engagement with Amazon - or not - has...

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