What ails Sweden’s book world?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

After several very in-depth discussions with publishers, booksellers, and writers in Sweden, I can report an industry in crisis – and one which is stumbling towards possible solutions, frequently in the wrong direction. The situation was typified, according to my sources, by recent reports [...]

Morning Links: Comixology Subscription Plan? New Movie Anti-Piracy Ads Aimed at Moviegoers

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Comixology to Launch “All You Can Read” Subscription Plan? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) There’s an unsubstantiated, unverified, and unsupported (but almost certainly true) rumor going around today that Comixology is about to offer a Kindle Unlimited type of subscription service for digital [...]

Morning Links: No Curfew For Adult eBooks. Cord Cutting On the Rise

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

eBooks Won’t Actually Be Getting a Curfew in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Yes, that is as crazy as it sounds, but now it appears that German regulators recognize that fact as well. A new story crossed my desk this morning which suggests that the curfew might not be enforced after all. [...]

A dirty secret of big publishing: More fact-checking needed. Fixes on the way?

By David Rothman
June 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I worked on The Silicon Jungle, I didn’t just benefit from a keen-eyed copy editor at Ballantine Books. Sentence by sentence, a computer consultant vetted me. A few years later I published another popular-level technical book at another big house. The amount spent on professional [...]

Morning Links: Wendig on Fixing Kindle Unlimited. Real Price of Traditional Publishing

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s How Amazon Could Fix Kindle Unlimited (Terrible Minds) So, Amazon — you and me, we’re pals. We’re cuddlebuddies, right? I’m going to fix Kindle Unlimited for you. I’m going to blow it open and make it awesome for authors. TeleRead Take: I’m usually not a fan of Chuck Wendig [...]

Morning Links: Instapaper Opens API. Gaming the System

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Instapaper Opens Its API, Gives Free Users More App Options (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instapaper announced on its blog yesterday that it was loosening a restriction on the Instapaper API, finally making it possible for free Instapaper users to use any 3rd-party app which supports Instapaper. [...]

Author’s Guild Proposing Contract Challenges

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now this is a step in the right direction, assuming they follow through on it. The Author’s Guild is proposing an initiative for fair author contracts, and I think they are right on. Authors are among our more vulnerable classes of workers. Book authors receive no benefits, no retirement [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

Latinos, e-books and the rest of the publishing industry: A Hispanic writer speaks out

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier today I noted the U.S. publishing industry’s disgraceful lack of diversity—this among a slew of other idiocies. Now, check out a trilogy of smart posts from Daniel Cubias, a Hispanic writer of fiction and nonfiction, blogging in HuffPo. – Are e-Books a good idea for Latino [...]

E-book gouges and other risks TO profit-crazed publishers

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 17 Comments

Nate and Good E-Reader are on the money in blasting Big Five houses for bloated publocracies and the inevitable result. Overpriced books—to pay for the waste. We know, too, that the B5 are trying to protect their investment in pulped-wood publishing, by way of e-book gouges. Sigh. They never [...]

Canadian writers also facing author income crisis

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The dire economic situation for British authors has been chronicled in appalling detail by the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the UK Society of Authors. And, for better or (very definitely) for worse, it turns out that the Brits are by no means alone. The Writers’ [...]

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

David’s Links: Scalzi’s $3.4M book deal. The struggles of small-town librarians. Chinese e-book market

By David Rothman
May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

John Scalzi signs 10-year, $3.4-million book deal with Tor (Los Angeles Times) The multimillion-dollar deal will last a decade. During that time, Scalzi will write 13 novels for Tor. They’re partially mapped out: 10 novels for adults, plus three young adult novels; a sequel to "Lock [...]

Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random [...]

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro

By Joanna Cabot
May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free [...]

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