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Why Men Don't Read: How Publishing is Alienating Half the Population

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

I'm tired of people saying Men Don't Read. Men LOVE to read. But the more publishing repeats the empty mantra that Men Don't Read the less they're going to try to appeal to men, which is where this vicious cycle begins.

Would You Read An eBook In Installments? The Founder Of Smashwords Wants To Know (POLL)

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

I wonder what Charles Dickens would think of serialized ebooks. The topic has been on my mind recently as I re-evaluate the policy regarding serial ebooks at Smashwords.

Interview with Calvert Morgan, Editor of Harper Perennial: Harper Perennial's Role in the Current Resurgence in American Fiction

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We discussed how Harper Perennial maintains a unique sensibility despite the large number of titles, and the prospects for fiction writing amid the rapid changes in the publishing industry.

Garrison Keillor: 'Book Publishing Is About To Slide Into The Sea'

Baltimore Sun | Garrison Keillor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Call me a pessimist, call me Ishmael, but I think that book publishing is about to slide into the sea. We live in a literate time, and our children ar...

The Future Of Children's Book Publishing: Will Companion Websites And Video Games Keep The Industry Alive?

The Washington Post | Stephen Lowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Publishers are trying to entice kids to read books by offering companion Web sites that are graphic-rich and able to plunge young readers into the sto...

Is Print Dead?

J.A. Konrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
J.A. Konrath

Moderator: Welcome to Obsolete Anonymous! I've gathered you all here to welcome our latest member, the Print Industry.

A Tale of (Mis)Communication in the Corporate Workplace

Leonard Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leonard Jacobs

This is a tale about poor communication in the American workplace. And why, when companies are struggling and unemployment remains high, we sometimes have no one to blame for our problems but ourselves.

Why eBooks Failed In 2000, And What It Means For 2010

Michael Mace's Blog | Michael Mace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although some of the barriers that stopped ebooks in 2000 have been reduced, most of them are still in place. So I think the market isn't likely to gr...

How Norman Mailer Shaped John Buffalo Mailer (Part II)

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

"Color faded from the world for me the moment I heard [my dad] was really gone," recalls John Buffalo Mailer, the youngest son of Norman Mailer.

100 Stories for Haiti -- Indie Authors Do Good

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

McQueen conceived of a book project titled, "100 Stories for Haiti," in which he'd call upon authors around the globe to contribute stories of 1,000 words or less for an anthology to benefit Haiti.

The Editorial Role: An Agent's View

Jean Naggar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jean Naggar

As corporate structures have gulped down and digested independent publishing houses and imprints, their corporate agendas have brought about a slow steady erosion of reliance on the editor's skill and intuitive vision.

Tools of Change: Publishing Conference Looks To The Future Of Books, Features Arianna Huffington, Ray Kurzweil

Publishers Weekly | Calvin Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Even a cold pouring rain couldn't hold down attendance at O'Reilly Media's fourth annual Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, held once again at...

Amazon Sucks Up To Literary Agents

Crain's New York Business | Matthew Flamm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amazon.com has gone on a charm offensive. The online retailing giant flew out a dozen of New York's top literary agents last week for a day of meetin...

Book Wars: eReaders And Discounting

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble unveiled their new eReader, the Nook. The sleek new model is the latest in a series of new eReaders popping up recently to c...

Why E-Books are Hot and Getting Hotter

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

2009 will go down in history as the year e-books went mainstream.

Why the Digital Revolution is Missing the Big Picture

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

By marketing the Kindle to me -- i.e. 'adults' who already read regularly -- publishing is merely doubling down on the biggest problem facing the industry: not enough people read books.

Literary Agent Urges Publishers To Hold Off On eBook Editions

E-Reads | Richard Curtis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary agent Nat Sobel, one of the most respected figures in his field, has issued an appeal to book industry leaders urging them to resist the temp...

Moving the Needle

Nathan Bransford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Bransford

Editors want to take authors to the next level or make a splash with a debut. Publishers want to gain traction with new electronic formats. Sales and marketing teams want to make a splash. Everyone is desperate for a hit.

Going "Indie": Rebranding the New Wave of Authors

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rob Asghar

Stop calling yourself a self-published author. You are an independent author, and you wrote an independently published book, not a self-published book.

Consequences For Our Actions

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth Kales

If you don't love the book, how can you sell it? My passion for each and every book is in part why I am told by others how successful I am at garnering so much media attention for Kales' publications.

Why We Need $4.00 Books

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

The day has come for publishers to offer a $4.00 book. Most books are too expensive. Compared to lower cost alternative media sources, books are becoming niche consumables like caviar.

Book Publishing 10 Years From Now: Smashwords Founder Mark Coker's Predictions

mediabistro.com | Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today, we had the opportunity to ask Mark Coker of Smashwords what his predictions are for the year 2020....

Why Do Writers Write?

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

Writers are artists, and artists are compelled to express themselves, even if only to an audience of one.

Publishing's Next Big Thing and Its Next Big Headache, Part I

David Colbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Colbert

A reader spends a lot of time with a book. Ads will have time to sink in. That makes the medium valuable. Google isn't getting into the book business for charity.

Wal-Mart: "If There's Going to be a Wal-Mart of the Web, It Can Be Amazon"

Steve Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Ross

Where will this pricing war end? Is it in anyone's interests besides the consumers? At what price should inexpensive hardcovers reasonably come -- at the expense of the author's income?