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UK Publishers Association trumpets success of Brit novel filmations
July 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

movie.jpgThe UK Publishers Association has put out an interesting communique in the aftermath of the release of the BFI’s Statistics Yearbook, the annual statistical digest of the British Film Institute. As that document apparently points out, "of the top 20 grossing films worldwide, 40 percent were based on British novels, while of the top 20 British grossing films 18 were based on novels, including works by and inspired by Ian Fleming, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and JK Rowling." Now there are two interesting things that come out of this. One is typified by the statement by Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the Publishers...

Morning Roundup: Comixology to offer DRM-free comics. Gallery of Horrors Bundle
July 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

ComiXologyThe Gallery of Horrors Bundle (StoryBundle) We have a fantastic lineup of authors in this pay-what-you-want collection, chosen to represent so many aspects of the horror landscape. *** Comixology to Offer DRM-Free Backup Copies (PW) Comixology, the digital comics marketplace, announced plans to become the latest platform to offer DRM-free content. *** Why Does the Author's Guild Refuse to Even Acknowledge Views of Authors Who Disagree with It? (Techdirt) When an organization tries to conceal what its critics are saying, it's fair to surmise that something else is driving its behavior. And I don't know what that thing could be other than fear of contrary opinions...

If you want to compete, compete!
July 24, 2014 | 4:06 pm

competeI have spent the last week being simply exhausted by the Amazon stuff showing up in my news feed. Every blog, every writer, every author's group or reader's group or publisher's group has an opinion on the latest Amazonpocalypse, and it's cluttering up my news feed like you would't believe. I've written already about my own opinion---that we should not fool ourselves thinking Hachette is any better, that we should concentrate instead on the factors we can control ourselves. But a blog post from writer M.C.A. Hogarth, found via The Passive Voice, makes one more point that I think is...

Can we trust anything the new Harper Lee biography says?
July 24, 2014 | 12:31 pm

mockingbirdThe publication of the controversial - and apparently unofficial, no matter what the author and publishers originally claimed - Harper Lee memoir has led to coverage in certain journals of all the nuggets on the celebrated author's life that Marja Mills supposedly reveals. For example, Bookriot's Dwight Garner shares the revelations that Ms. Lee has a regular booth at McDonald’s, where she goes for coffee," and "eats takeout salads from Burger King on movie night." Apparently saddened by the absence of more than "hints of a life of the mind," he complains that "She feeds the town ducks daily, with...

The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report
July 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

Bookseller ranking June 2013In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors' lamentation over the state of ... well, author earnings ... , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller, for their reaction to the report. And the response from The Bookseller's corner at least was not exactly positive. In The Guardian, Jones said: "this is a very narrow selection of a particular type of market at a particular time ... you can't extrapolate from bestseller rankings on the Kindle store...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?
July 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneWe Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we must occasionally say these holy grumbles and offer a bow, lest the god be offended. And then we carry on. *** Man Booker Prize- Disappointing and Disappearing (Digital Book World) My guess will be the apathy for the list will pass over to the customer and we’ll see some...

Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing
July 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

author harry bingham[caption id="attachment_116356" align="alignright" width="210"] Author Harry Bingham[/caption] Harry Bingham reached out to me last week with a link to an article he published on his blog about the Amazon/Hachette situation. I was intrigued by his point of view and his intentions to become a hybrid author. He kindly agreed to an interview to expand on his views. His candor and openness impressed me, and I hope you feel the same. TeleRead: You've been a traditionally published author for fifteen years or so and yet you’re embarking now on the process of becoming a true hybrid author: that is, one with books that...

Do you have any non-screen hobbies?
July 23, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hobbiesThere has been a lot of Doompocalypse talk lately about what Amazon/Google/Apple/The Cloud means for authors, readers, publishers and...well, books. And accompanying that has been a moderate spike in the quantity of 'Blogger abandons Kindle, returns to 'real' books and rhapsodizes about the smell of paper' posts. I don't think the smell of paper is anything magical, per se, and I have no problems snuggling up with a blanket and a Kindle just as I did with a book, or reading on the beach or in a bathtub (eBooks are actually better for that because you can put them in a...

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM
July 23, 2014 | 11:20 am

drm-rollIf you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but Hachette in the UK, and Tor went DRM-free two years ago, this means the US edition of their book would be DRM-free. Hachette didn’t like that, and wanted authors to insist that Tor put DRM on that edition to protect the sales of their UK edition. The letter was actually posted...

UK’s Green Shore outed as product of veteran author scammer
July 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

A welcome tipoff from a TeleRead reader steered us over to Writer Beware, and a warning about a new Author Solutions-style e-vanity press, the UK's Green Shore Publishing, the self-styled"best option for success in the European book publishing market." And astute sleuthing by Writer Beware indicates that Green Shore comes to you courtesy of one of the best-attested author scamming names in recent years. Packages offered by Green Shore range from a £300 ($511) "Affordable Publishing" package to "The Ultimate Chance at Success"at £1500 ($2555). A whole three (count 'em, three) "Reviews" by satisfied authors are offered as video testimonials for...

Morning Roundup: Apple patent for iTime. Why Amazon terrifies publishers and more
July 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple patent for itimeKindle Unlimited's Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens (Digital Book World) Whenever I speak about a situation where an entity (retailers or publishers) treat authors poorly the answer is always the same: “because they can.” *** Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers: Let's Look at Royalty Statements (Forbes) Like many authors, I’ve been struggling to decode all the noise coming  from Amazon and traditional book publishers, in hopes of figuring out which side is right in this long-running quarrel. The breakthrough moment for me came earlier this month, with the arrival of a new royalty statement from my New York agent. *** Amazon Makes Plea to Authors...

Amazon Prime streaming video app coming soon to Android, Amazon says
July 23, 2014 | 12:36 am

It might be a bit surprising, but one of our most popular articles here at TeleRead deals not with books but rather with video—in particular, how to use a Flash-enabled web browser to watch Amazon Prime streaming videos on Android devices. Since there’s no native Android player application for the service, the way there are for Kindle Fire and iOS devices, this workaround has been the best that Android owners can do. (And even that didn’t work outside of the US.) Until now. PC Advisor reports that Amazon Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris said at an event in...