The Guardian

Erotica flourishes in e-books via Ellora’s Cave

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

The strong use of e-readers by erotica readers is not exactly new, but The Guardian has a story discussing the success of erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave and the huge numbers of erotica readers reading digitally. Ellora’s Cave was founded after no traditional publisher wanted to publish founder [...]

Where publishers ought to be behind libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

As a recent, rather vexed, letter to the UK Guardian points out, publishers and booksellers facing an apparent decline in appetite for the printed word ought also to be looking to their libraries – and supporting them more. Because it’s a no-brainer to conclude that the more libraries [...]

The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors’ lamentation over the state of … well, author earnings … , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, [...]

Authors add pressure on UK government over school libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dozens of British authors and others have written an open letter to the UK Department of Education calling for action in the wake of a report from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, urging that the Department should supervise proper standards of [...]

The Guardian: Big Publishing’s most useful idiot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

In line with its past inflammatory anti-Amazon screeds, UK daily The Guardian has been weighing into the Hachette vs. Amazon spat with histrionic variations of its own. The latest, sublimely, stating that: “New Amazon terms amount to ‘assisted suicide’ for book industry, experts [...]

Dumping DRM is not a panacea

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2014 // 10 Comments

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). [...]

The Guardian names the winner of its first monthly self-published award

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Guardian announced the first winner of its new monthly self-published book contest. The winner was “Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers,” a debut novel from Tom Moran. On Amazon, the book’s summary reads: “Enter the mind of Walton Cumberfield, an amateur gas and electricity meter-reader who is [...]

Top tips on Tweets with the Top Ten Twitter writers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

With all the Jonathan Franzen-style bleating about the grind of promoting yourself through Twitter and other social media, it’s worth highlighting an instance when someone sums up what actually works for Tweeting writers. After all, if you’re going to be “absolutely coerced into this [...]

The Guardian creates monthly literary prize for self-published authors

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

The Guardian has created a new monthly literary prize for self-published authors. The newspaper is joining publisher Legend Times to find the best writing from self-published writers. The contest is open to novels written in English (translations also welcome). The submissions will be read by a [...]

Penguin Random House UK CEO: You’ve never had it so good

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

As interviewed by Jennifer Rankin in The Observer, the Sunday imprint of the UK’s Guardian, Tom Weldon, UK CEO of Penguin Random House, has some good things to say about the state of publishing. Good for publishers at least.  He declares that: “”Some commentators say the [...]

Guardian stops ebook bashing, details benefits to small publishers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Do it the Caxton way. For an organization with an apparent anti-ebook and anti-Amazon animus, The Guardian seems to have had something of a change of heart. A long article in its Guardian Small Business Hub section, by Alison Coleman, under the title “Small publishers are benefiting from [...]

The early history of e-books

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Guardian has taken a look back at early e-books, trying to determine when they began. One example the article points out is a novel called Host, published as a publicity stunt on two floppy disks in 1993. Since the book was about a scientist who downloads his mind into a computer, I imagine it [...]

UK publishing and those poor struggling writer people

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Robert McCrum has posted a very interesting – and inadvertently revealing – article in the UK Observer, Sunday sister of The Guardian, on the financial difficulties of that poor struggling species, the writer. And as longstanding literary editor of The Observer and a writer himself, he [...]

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