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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.

Sales Appeal

M.J. Rose | Posted 06.27.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

Bridges of Madison County, The Da Vinci Code, The Help and Sarah's Key have very little in common with each other. But they all had that certain indefinable something that appealed to readers.

Authors and Agents and Tennessee Williams Fest [Oh My!]

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

'Sometimes pain is just pain,' she said," which is something one of my characters says in Glow. My writing experience had come full circle. I am most grateful to the people of Rabun County who midwifed Glow into being.

The Pulitzer Judges Were Dead Wrong

Warren Adler | Posted 06.20.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Not one book was worthy? Does it follow that, in the opinion of the judges, the reading public last year was short-changed on the quality of what was on offer?

Harlequin Picks Up "Sh*t Girls Say" Book, But Can Old Industries Keep Up With Internet Time?

Lori Culwell | Posted 06.18.2012 | Books
Lori Culwell

Most Internet memes have the shelf life of a banana, and trying to capture these memes in traditional forms like publishing or television is often an exercise in "too little, too late, no one cares anymore."

EBooks: Windbagging the Price Issue

Dan Agin | Posted 06.15.2012 | Books
Dan Agin

Here are some truths about the current brouhaha concerning the Department of Justice and the Big Six publishers and Apple controversy.

(Video) MIT's Jason Pontin: Tablets Must be Based on Open Standards to Succeed

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

The "feckless infatuation" of magazine publishers in creating closed-garden Apps to replicate their publications has proven to be a disappointment...

Why The DoJ Lawsuit Is Good For EBooks

Will Entrekin | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Will Entrekin

The DoJ lawsuit might make things more difficult for those who have based their business models on paper books, but it could well be a boon to smaller publishers, authors, and--most importantly of all--readers.

Let's Hear it for the Self-Published Author

Warren Adler | Posted 06.06.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

"Self-publishing" is now a reasonably respectable process that allows anyone who writes a book to be digitally "shelved" alongside authors published by traditional routes.

David Bellos on Being Translated

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Nataly Kelly

What's it like to have your own work translated if you're an author who is also a translator? This was a question recently faced by David Bellos, the author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

Catching The White Horse Pandemic

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

Alex Adams' debut, White Horse, is the first in a brilliant trilogy which will no doubt be ranked among the great fantasy novels.

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish

Hillary Rettig | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

For many authors, the decision to indie publish is a no-brainer. Sure, it's work, but it's interesting work, and you have a shot at fair compensation for your efforts.

Connecting The Dots: Lessons in Rebellion From the Math Network

Travis Korte | Posted 08.06.2012 | Science
Travis Korte

One system being developed is the Selected-Papers Network ("SP net"), a sort of Pinterest for peer-review in which researchers with common interests across the sciences can subscribe to one another to share 'must-read' articles and reviews.

Begging for Blurbs

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Begging for blurbs is one of the more misery-producing aspects of being published. It can leave us desperate and depressed. It's humiliating to have to grovel for blurbs, rather than have your publisher secure them for you.

Harper's Magazine Publisher Rages Against The Internet For Ruining Publishing

The Providence Journal | Posted 05.13.2012 | Media

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper's Magazine and a monthly contributor to The Providence Journal, among other publications. This essay is one o...

Allie Compton

NYT Editor Descends On South By Southwest | Allie Compton | Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

The media world has been going through a period of intense change for over a decade, but, as New York Times editor Jill Abramson noted on Monday, not ...

Content Marketing: Why You Need it More Than You Think

Michael Parrish DuDell | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business
Michael Parrish DuDell

In the digital age, every business is in the publishing industry. And that includes yours.

Writing Is My Business and So Is Publicity

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Doing publicity takes time away from writing, but without it, the writing you do doesn't get out there. If you're lucky, the PR can be fun.

Chick Lit Grows Up

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.04.2012 | Books
Pauline Millard

In the past year, a different breed of chick lit has appeared with smarter writing and characters. It's notable not just for the content, but also for what it says about women, and what they are willing to read in their leisure time.

Pimping Your Book, Indie or Traditional

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are some differences in how traditional and indie books are publicized, but those differences are shrinking by the nanosecond.

The eBook Publishing Revolution Has Just Begun

John F. Ince | Posted 04.22.2012 | Books
John F. Ince

Strategic questions need to be answered. Does a eBook publisher focus on marketing, or content creation, or formatting?

How to Sell a Novel in Just 25 Years!

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When my agent called a few weeks ago to say that an editor at Penguin wanted to buy my new novel, The Wishing Hill, I literally had to lie down. I've been waiting for this call for 25 years.

Why Khet Mar Got Thrown in a Burmese Prison for Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.22.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Khet Mar is a writer and activist from Burma. When I heard about her heartbreaking odyssey, I thought it was my duty to tell the world her story.

My Opposite-of-Overnight Success Publishing Story

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I think, like with a partner, when you have the right material, there's a magic click, and you fall in love -- whether it takes six books or sixteen years on one book. Maybe that's how long it takes. As long as it takes to feel the click, and have someone else agree.

Where e-Books Fall Short, Print Delivers

Joseph Sutton | Posted 04.11.2012 | Denver
Joseph Sutton

Publishers are going back to the drawing board to see where they can innovate with printed books to keep readers interested.