As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...
Rejection is the deepest of all artistic suffering because it is not just what we do -- it is who we are. And when we are celebrated for our work, there is nothing that comes closer to validating our soul.
Publishing today is characterized by powerful corporate entities acting in concert to the detriment of essentially powerless authors. Something must be done to remedy the situation because it's driving a lot of good writers out of publishing.
We're in the heart of beach season, and it's time to replenish our stock of essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen, books to laptops and everything in between.
In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.
As a first-time author who's just written a book for a small publisher, I'm organizing my own book tour. I've been contacting bookstores to a variety of responses, from enthusiastic acceptance to blinding indifference. Nothing I wouldn't expect. Until I got the email from one particular book seller.
CANNES, France - While the predominant consumption of video still takes place on the television screen, the industry is moving to a world where the de...
You can now pre-order Amazon's new Fire Phone at the online retailer's website. Except I wouldn't. Not yet, anyway.
Mostly, binge watching is a handy way to revisit old shows and catch up on missed episodes of ongoing ones. But it has a destructive dimension when it comes to new series, especially as deployed by the principal promoter of binge: Netflix.
The Amazon-Hachette dispute wears on, but the publisher still manages to see two of its titles in this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.
I wrote a book last week. I've never written a book before but so what? They're just words on a computer screen, right? I've written stuff before -- ...
Amazon finally unveiled its long-awaited smartphone, the Fire Phone. #epicfail #at&texclusiveareyoukidding #tooheavyandawkward #toolate #seenitbefore #wherearetheapps #shouldhavecalledzuckandaskedfirst #jeffwhatwereyouthinking
This week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List is, in some ways, a tale of three titles: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, his 2006 novel Looking for Alaska and J. K. Rowling's The Silkworm, published under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.
To encourage efficiency, we would want a proper set of regulations and taxes and have them apply equally to everyone. The point is to encourage people to make profits by providing better products or lower cost services, not to get rich by finding clever ways to evade regulations.
As I sit here writing this, it looks like Apple will be paying many millions to settle lawsuits with the various states over E-Book pricing, as well as to settle a class-action lawsuit for the same reason.