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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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. [...]

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 [...]

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