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Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in [...]

Our customers of the future: Writers and other creators must look ahead

By Joanna Cabot
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Who is your future customer? The magazine cover to the left is off target; the masses don’t fly around Buck Rogers style. Instead they surf the Web. How to get the future right? For writers [...]

Publishers behaving badly?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarah Hoyt has a post today discussing a sudden reappearance of her Bantam works in bookstores after the rights to them reverted to her, under a contract clause allowing them to sell any left-over [...]

Are publishers getting ready to publish globally?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Mike Shatzkin’s latest column looks at some of the big publishers’ recent promotions of e-book-related executives into higher positions and suggests they might mean publishers are starting to [...]

The ethics of web scraping

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

On the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Nael Shiab looks at the question of journalistic ethics in gathering data via web scraping. The article considers the moral aspects of whether and how [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say [...]

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the [...]

In the publishing industry, Ursula K. Le Guin wants less profiteering, more freedom

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

While researching the piece I wrote about Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing advice earlier today, I found enough interesting material that I decided to make another post out of it rather than tacking on [...]

‘Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss Won’t Save Publishing,’ says Harvard Business Review author

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s common wisdom in publishing: midlist writers are getting the shaft. Even bestselling writers—either traditionally published or self-published—can end up with [...]

How long should a book chapter be?

By David Rothman
July 26, 2015 // 10 Comments

The answers from writers on KBoards are all over the map. But the sweet spot from 53 respondents to a poll seems to be 1,000-3,000 words. Three-fifths of the answers fall into that range. Try [...]

New report details book and e-book VAT rates around the world

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have released a report (PDF) collecting the VAT rates for print books and e-books in every country that [...]

Sweden’s Telegram Studios takes book tech, formats to the limit

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the most interesting publishing houses I encountered while in Sweden was Telegram Studios, which describes itself as “a brand new type of publisher for music, books and apps, powered by [...]

A hearty ‘Welcome back’ to Joe Wikert: An e-book-hip publishing pro returns to TeleRead as a contributing writer

By David Rothman
July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Welcome back to Joe Wikert—a past TeleRead contributor with sterling credentials in both old-time publishing and the e-book variety. Starting today, TeleRead will again be running his [...]

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 [...]

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