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Why Successful Authors Are Giving Their Books Away for Free

Simone Collins | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books
Simone Collins

Hugh Howey, John Dumas and Danny Iny all have one thing in common. The bestselling author, top-ranking podcaster and profitable entrepreneur have a habit of giving their books away for free.

World Digital Media Factbook 2013-14: Information Cornucopia

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

I'm inundated with numbers, statistics, percentages, charts and graphics that explain how digital the world has become and where it's heading in the n...

Lebanese Press Syndicate Head Kicks Up Media Storm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Baalbaki resigned. Baalbaki didn't resign. "Baalbaki Forever" headlined the Maharat News website, saying that no sooner had the Lebanese Press Syndi...

Do Paywalls Change the Engagement Equation?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Jake Batsell seems to think so, saying that while advertising-driven models of digital journalism aim to maximize page views, when news organizations ...

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Barry Eisler is the best-selling author of two thriller series, one featuring John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin; and another featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

Brain Burps About Books: Lee & Low Reaches High: How a Small, Independent Publisher is Succeeding in Diverse Multicultural Books

Katie Davis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Books
Katie Davis

Subscribe for: iPod, iPhone & iTunes / Zune / Android In this episode you'll hear an interview with Jason Low, publisher at Lee & Low Bo...

Why Publishers Have the Blandest Brands in All the Land

Michael Levin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Publishers love to publish books on branding, because it's such a hot topic in the business world today. The question you have to ask is why publishers don't bother reading the books they publish.

Are Lebanese J-schools graduating functional illiterates?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

This is a summary of a commentary that appeared in the third issue of Middle East Media Educator. I'm disheartened, but not surprised, by comments f...

In Book Publishing Today, Size No Longer Matters

Michael Levin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Once upon a time, authors wrote big books about big topics. The competition was Freudian: whoever had the longest one could brag the most. Today, however, neither authors nor readers seek size from their books.

Writers Helping Writers: Ya Gotta Have Friends

M.J. Rose | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

What began as an experiment in shouting out each other's books into the vast blinding blizzard of social media, has become a virtual world of tight friendships and support--and proof that, among some authors, cooperation trumps competition.

Why Publishers Should Hate Apps But Don't (Yet)

Cameron Yuill | Posted 03.14.2013 | Technology
Cameron Yuill

It was beginning to feel like the good old days were coming back. Finally, publishers could stop giving away content for free and start making money again. Certainly they were not going to make that same mistake they had made on the Web.

Legal Issues in Self-Publishing: What Authors Need to Know

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.

USA Today Publisher Larry Kramer Looks to a Local Future

Rick Robinson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Media
Rick Robinson

Kramer took the helm of USA Today last spring, inheriting a product that missed the Internet when the Internet was a "thing," but is roaring back with multi-platform news delivery.

Why Book Publishers Hate Authors

Michael Levin | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Publishers have begun to hate authors. But seeking to squeeze out the individuality and admittedly the eccentricity of authors is just one more reason why book publishing as we know it is going over the cliff.

Planting the Book Publicity Seed

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 01.13.2013 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

Publicity is like planting a seed. You have to nurture it, give it plenty of time and attention and it will grow.

Amazon's New Push For Same-Day Delivery May Destroy Local Retail

Slate Magazine | Farhad Manjoo | Posted 07.14.2012 | Business

Amazon has long enjoyed an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals. When I buy a $1,000 laptop from Wal-Mart, the company is required ...

Twist Literary Spins a New Yarn for YA Market

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

A good mystery always piques my interest. I'm very excited to see there is a current rise in mysteries for teens. One such series is Alibi. It has a solid plot with well-rounded characterization and twists and turns to boot.

Price-Fixing Is Bad for Both Readers and Authors

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

The truth is that this dispute is not about saving literature or the sanctity of the literary world, it is about the publishers' business model.

The Justice Department Jumps Into Amazon's Pocket

William Petrocelli | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
William Petrocelli

Sometimes the DOJ goes after companies that have done nothing wrong, but more often it lets big-time antitrust violators get away with murder. In a recent case -- one that has roiled the publishing industry -- the DOJ has managed to do both.

The E-Book Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

For fiction authors who are published by traditional publishers and rely on advances and royalties for their living, the future is dim.

A Detour in the Publishing Journey

Boyd Morrison | Posted 06.16.2012 | Books
Boyd Morrison

I'm back to where I was in 2009, with a highly praised novel and no one willing to publish it. Before electronic self-publishing became a viable alternative, that would have been the book's death sentence.

SOPA's Killer Cousin You've Probably Never Heard About

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Findings from NIH-funded research are used everyday to help doctors make treatment and diagnosis decisions -- not just in America but all over the world. That may end with the Research Works Act.

Has Anyone Seen My Pencil?

Harry Freedman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Media
Harry Freedman

Handwriting is in decline. But writing is on the increase. Paradoxical isn't it? Think about it. How often do you pick up a pen these days? I bet it'...

Is It Time For Publishers To FIght Dirty? | Aaron Gilbreath | Posted 10.04.2011 | Books

Last month a fellow bibliophile, someone with whom I work at a bookstore in Portland, Ore., described one of Kindle's newest TV commercials. In it, a ...