publishing

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 Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell e-books without relying so much on, say, the Amazon juggernaut? Suppose you could even push your titles [...]

The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a vast expanse of real estate by tablet standards. My bet is on 12.9 inches. This would be noticeably [...]

Ouch! Support for book banning grows in U.S., and poll shows most Americans want a rating system for books

By David Rothman
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Isn’t this grand? Cable is full of porn, but more Americans favor censorship of books than of movies, TV programs or video games. What a touching  tribute to the power of the printed word. More stats and scary insights are in Library Journal, which quotes the Harris Poll. An excerpt from LJ: [...]

Hot in the year 2020: Groupon-style newspaper subs, ads in many mainstream books, and e-book clubs

By Joe Wikert
July 28, 2015 // 8 Comments

The year is 2020 and I’m about to make a digital content purchase. It’s amazing how much the industry has evolved in the past five years. For example, pricing is no longer a one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it component. I now have multiple pricing models to choose [...]

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 clicking or double-clicking or tapping on the image for a better view of the numbers after you open up [...]

Better than a book cover: Geo-based P2P to let people know what you’re reading—and maybe even share content

By Joe Wikert
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a watch to other obsolete single-use devices like the GPS. I doubt I’ll [...]

‘The New Design Fundamentals’: Free O’Reilly e-book (warning: bad design can kill)

By David Rothman
July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

My wife of 24 years is about to get chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, very possibly inoperable. So you can imagine how I felt when I read of a cancer patient who had died because of badly designed software. Giving her chemo, the nurses giving overlooked crucial information—because the [...]

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 authoritative posts. Joe is director of strategy and business development at Olive Software, which serves the [...]

TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to cut copy from the bottom of an article with impunity, the inverted pyramid imposes a discipline on [...]

Penguin Random House Canada head courts controversy with $100,000 minimum revenue requirement

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

There seems to be some controversy in Canada over a recent statement by Brad Martin, head of Penguin Random House Canada, in a column discussing the PRH merger. Martin said, “I’m not interested in a book that is going to generate less than $100,000 in revenue unless the editor or publisher has [...]

Authors United and ABA Call For DOJ Investigation of Amazon

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 14, 2015 // 14 Comments

I was going to stay out of this fight. I really was. But two statements are so wrong that I just couldn’t. Okay, context first. Remember Authors United, the group which last year talked about sending a letter to the Department of Justice calling for an investigation of Amazon? You remember. [...]

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 [...]

TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.

By David Rothman
July 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line—well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a [...]

TeleRead Links: New Harper Lee novel excerpt online for free. Exotic e-readers on Amazon. Wattpad as a sales-booster for writers.

By David Rothman
July 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

By popular demand, TeleRead Links will remain even if our links roundups won’t appear as often, or at a regular time. Our fare today: 1. This morning Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman finally reaches the public after 60 years (the Guardian). You can read the first chapter or hear Reese [...]

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