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What Amazon Fails to Understand About Readers (...and Authors)

Valerie Alexander | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Valerie Alexander

I don't want my new relationship with a book, with all its promise of knowledge and thrills and emotions, to start with the action. I want that slow build of courtship that leads to longer and deeper satisfaction, which only a few "get-to-know-you" pages can supply.

Bad Book Reviews: One Author's Reaction

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.

When Reader Inspires Author

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Melody Moezzi

While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.

7 Things Only YA Book Fans Will Understand

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Every fandom has its own jargon, inside jokes and wacky memes. Young adult book fans are no different and add their own crazy literary flair.

#AOLBUILD Hosts theSkimm's Co-Founders

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.06.2014 | Media
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD QUOTE OF THE SESSION "One of our readers said it best, 'I can get behind a business that respects brunch.'" -- theSkimm co...

6 Types of Aggravating Readers

Steven Petite | Posted 07.15.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

There are certain types of book readers that tend to take it too far. There are times in conversations about novels where the only thing running through the mind is, "Come on, seriously?" or "Oh not this again," or the best of them all, "I wish you didn't know how to read."

The Soul of a Book Lover

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The task of writing a review of An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine is daunting. Why? Because I don't want to write anything that might keep someone from reading this book.

Reader Reviews Vs. Reviewer Reviews: Is There a Difference?

Rachel Thompson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

We don't want anyone to call our baby ugly, right?

Readers, Writers, Non-Readers and Me

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

I am humbled. A note from a stranger whose life I have influenced means as much, if not more, than the same honor from a friend. Across space and time, with nothing more than words, it turns out to be possible to change the world at least a bit.

What Being a Writer Requires

Amy Koko | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Amy Koko

Sometimes I just have to see the words so that I can make myself believe it. "Is it okay to call myself a writer?" I ask myself daily. What is it that actually makes me one?

'What If?': The Big Question

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I began writing Love Gone Mad with that What if? premise in mind. Soon, more complexities, complications and permutations evolved, so by the novel's third draft, the plotline went far beyond the initial What if?

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

When Readers Tell Authors Their Personal Stories

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.06.2013 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For me, sharing some of my own experiences as opposed to commenting on that of my readers has helped me navigate these wonderfully unexpected interactions.

"Game of Thrones" Readers' Unimpressed Reactions Compilation

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.05.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

While everyone else was completely flipping out about the Red Wedding on Sunday night, it seems that some devout readers of George R.R. Martin's series were not quite phased by it. In fact, they were pretty unaffected by most major moments in film and television. Lighten up, guys!

Amazon Buys Goodreads: What Does It Mean for Authors and Readers?

Dan Blank | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
Dan Blank

In an age where authors increasingly own the connection to readers, does it matter that Amazon bought Goodreads? What exactly will change in the day to day life of writers and readers? Well, nothing.

Survey: News Biz Shooting Itself in the Head Trying to Stay Profitable

David Ropeik | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media
David Ropeik

Less news = smaller audience = less profit.

The E-Books Are Coming! Run for Your Lives!

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Many reviewers have been complaining for a while about the democratization of publishing and the "flood" of e-books. How are you supposed to weed out the crap?

Goodreads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing

Foz Meadows | Posted 09.24.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The book blogger community is still essentially a frontier town, caught between laying foundations on the one hand and trying to deal with the regular influx of lawbreakers, businessmen, migrants and pioneers on the other.

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 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.

"E" Stands for "Errors"

Karen Dionne | Posted 12.21.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

Authors who have massaged their book to perfection during the editorial and page proof stage may be dismayed to learn that the electronic version readers are purchasing and reading frequently represents an earlier effort.

Borders' Liquidation Sales an Unexpected Boon for Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

When a bookstore closes, it's always a loss -- for the community, for readers, and most especially, for authors. The impact of the closing of 600 Borders bookstores is incalculable.

Readers -- Did You Mean to Give Me Your Phone Number?

Karen Dionne | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

The idea of authors having a list of their readers' phone numbers compiled for them by Facebook and readily available at their fingertips just feels wrong.

Dispatches From the (Book Tour) Front

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 06.14.2011 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

I'm on book tour with The Four Ms. Bradwells. That's the good news and the bad.

Going on a Book Tour? Dream Big or Stay Home

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

After publishing my first book, I packed my bags, used up all of my husband's Marriott points, and hit the road -- only to experience what many authors had experienced before me.