Morning Roundup: Amazon says publishers not “really necessary.” Konrath advice

amazonBook Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings are Useless) (Book Riot)
I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books.

Is BuzzFeed’s Deletion of Articles an Ethical Lapse or the Growing Pains of a New-Media Entity? (GigaOM)
BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no, or congratulated for evolving?

Amazon’s Grandinetti: Agents, Publishers, Retailers Not ‘Really Necessary’ (Digital Book World)
In a profile in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Amazon senior vice president and head of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti was called possibly “the most influential person in publishing.”

Konrath’s Advice to Publishers (Joe Konrath)
Now I’m starting to believe that the ones with the real power are the ones who should have had the power since the beginning of publishing. The ones who create the content in the first place. The authors.

Kindle Daily Deal: River of Darkness (and others)

About Joanna Cabot (1595 Articles)
"I’m a journalist, a teacher and an e-book fiend. I work as a French teacher at a K-3 private school. I use drama, music, puppets, props and all manner of tech in my job, and I love it. I enjoy moving between all the classes and having a relationship with each child in the school. Kids are hilarious, and I enjoy watching them grow and learn. My current device of choice for reading is my Amazon Kindle Touch, but I have owned or used devices by Sony, Kobo, Aluratek and others. I also read on my tablet devices using the Kindle app, and I enjoy synching between them, so that I’m always up to date no matter where I am or what I have with me."

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