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Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower If you're an Indie author l...

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

The Bookstore Is Dead, Long Live the Bookstore

Alice Carey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Books
Alice Carey

What can be more pleasant than walking down a street with magic in your hand and excitement in your heart at the thought of settling down with a cup of tea, and opening a new book?

I Don't Want Your E-Books, Thanks Very Much

Sarah Convissar | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

There is something about holding a book and being able to turn the pages that I find comforting. In today's 21st century, books may become obsolete. For me that's something I find scary.

Our Exclusionary Attitudes Toward Self-Publishing Must Change

Jenny Trout | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Jenny Trout

Self-publishing is the only way many authors, for various reasons, will ever be able to put their books in front of an audience. Suggesting that alternative methods of publishing will harm literature is the same as suggesting folk art will harm high art, or YouTube will harm film.

How to Save Local Bookstores In Two Easy Steps

Eytan Levy | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Eytan Levy

Amazon beats local bookstores on price, and beats them on digital sales completely. Most people think local bookstores don't stand a chance. Plenty have done well enough, but there's a way out of this mess anyway. We can fix bookstores so they survive for decades to come. In two easy steps.

Forgotten Books, Discovered

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.05.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Pacing through the website of Forgotten Books, an online library with hundreds of thousands of titles, is like walking through the aisles of a favorite bookstore.

WATCH: Tech Takes Reading For A Ride

Shawn Amos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Can it be true? Those shiny, blinking devices that seem to be multiplying around us are actually encouraging us to read more? Apparently so! But tabl...

The 20 Most Important Questions to Ask About the Business of E-Book Singles

Howard Polskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Howard Polskin

We've had many random questions about the e-book single business since Thin Reads launched in April as the world's first and only website covering this medium. Here are 20 of them in no particular order.

Ten Reasons Artists and Authors Should Still Get Paid in the Age of the Internet

Eva Claudia Schweitzer | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
Eva Claudia Schweitzer

We live in the age of the internet, and the age of free content. And free music. And free books. Free blogs. Free news. Why should artists, musicians, authors, and journalists be paid at all, even less so since what they produce is invisible, immaterial, and ubiquitous?

This Author Fell for a Russian Spy and (Naturally) Wrote a Book About It

Howard Polskin | Posted 12.22.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

Swenson had suspicions about the Russian woman before she vanished and he set out on a quest to discover more about her in a journey that took him to Russia. He's a writer so he did what all writers do when life throws a curve ball: he wrote about his failed romance.

Deleting Tolstoy

Carl Pettit | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Tackling Tolstoy was an emotional, as well as a financial investment. Even if you couldn't wade through the hefty prose, that beautiful hardback edition would display prominently on your oak bookshelf, right next to your edition of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.

A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Other companies have tried and failed to institute a paywall for this new way of reading news. Why are we suddenly hopeful that this model could work?

The Seven Secret E-Book Single Trends of the Summer

Howard Polskin | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

Summer is usually a sleepy time of the year for the publishing business, but there were several fascinating developments in the world of e-book singles the past three months that were either overlooked or underreported.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring

Christiana Miller | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Christiana Miller

I published Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead for a grand total of $125. Yes, my hopeful indie author, it is possible to publish a book for next to nothing.

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.

No, I Won't Use an e-Reader

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

A Politico Snack Before the Main Course of 2012 Campaign Books

Scott Porch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Scott Porch

The Playbook 2012 series is a breezy, fly-on-the-wall, real-time reporter's notebook. It is not a definitive history of the election and does not purport to be.

WATCH: Self-Published Author Shares Secrets To Success

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In the past, publishing a novel meant hiring book agents and writing letters to big publishing houses. But with the rise of Kindles and iPads and Nook...

Paper Books in a Digital World

Kimberly Tan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

Whether it be stories about magical tree houses and funny talking pigs or works by Dostoevsky, the paper books I keep stacked on my bookshelf serve as a permanent testament to the works of literature that I've conquered and enjoyed. Books just wouldn't feel right any other way.

Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, on How to Get People to Read Your Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you take nothing else from this, just remember, when someone flames you and you feel like lashing out electronically, think: "What would Mark Coker do?"

How to Fix Amazon's Review System

Warren Adler | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

For Amazon, the system began with good intentions as a marketing device for books, but unintended consequences have made it both an unreliable and suspect platform. Worse, it has tempted the unscrupulous.

As E-Books Rise, Publishing Still Waivers

Michael Drew | Posted 03.20.2013 | Books
Michael Drew

There's probably no going back: e-books are going to be the dominant form for publishing pretty soon. Consider that 23 percent of Americans now read...

Misreading the Facts on E-Books

Warren Adler | Posted 03.13.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

The printed book will survive as long as the generation that grew up with the printed book remains an economic factor in its survival. When that generation passes into history, the digital bookshelf will be the dominant technology for the reading public.