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Picking a pen name (or marrying a real one)
May 25, 2015 | 5:00 am

dragonsanddreamsYes, “Becca” is probably a friendlier name for the author of a kid’s book than is “Rebecca.”  But what about other factors, such as shelf position, not to mention the possibility of even marrying right? Oh, the possibilities. Kindle Boards has a lively discussion on writers’ names, with thoughts from authors of various genres. Related: Google links to pen-name generators.   ...

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post
September 26, 2014 | 9:59 pm

Ellora's Cave Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave More Ellora’s Cave troubles… Cat Grant Gives Away Her Unreverted Ellora’s Cave Titles And those are just from the last week or so. Authors...

Dumping DRM is not a panacea
June 20, 2014 | 12:23 pm

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). Doctorow feels Hachette is hoist by its own petard because of the DRM it insists Amazon (and the other e-book stores) use. It’s an old, old argument. And make no mistake, I don’t like DRM myself and would be just as glad if it all went away tomorrow. But Doctorow...

‘Boom’ goes bust with Byliner
June 20, 2014 | 10:30 am

boomIn the New York Times, Tony Horwitz writes a cautionary tale about his travails with a small e-publisher called Byliner. a Kindle Singles publisher who’s shown up a few times in TeleRead. Horwitz had been asked by a new e-zine called The Global Mail to do a long-form work on the Keystone XL pipeline, to the tune of $15,000, plus $5,000 for expenses. So Horwitz traveled, did his research, and wrote a 40,000-word piece from the experience. As he was writing, the Global Mail informed him they had arranged a deal to co-publish with Byliner, who “thought we might...

HarperCollins seeks injunction, damages against Open Road over Julie of the Wolves e-book
May 25, 2014 | 8:51 am

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has the latest news in the Julie of the Wolves case. The affair began when Open Road agreed to publish an electronic edition of Jean C. George’s book Julie of the Wolves. George, who has since passed away, and Open Road felt that the terms of George’s contract with HarperCollins could not cover electronic editions, given that it had been signed decades before they were invented. She was also dissatisfied with the low royalty rate HarperCollins offered, whereas Open Road offered her 50%. HarperCollins filed suit, and the case was decided by summary judgment...

Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up
January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that "the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing," while "more also own dedicated e-reading devices." The survey, one of the first of the new year and based on a sample of just over 1000 adults surveyed in January 2nd-5th, 2014, indicates that "the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.' That said, the survey also concludes that: "print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people...

Joanna’s ePublishing Predictions for 2014
December 5, 2013 | 12:25 pm

epublishing predictionsI have a pretty good track record as an ebook trend-spotter. It's that time of year again. What do I see coming our way in 2014? Here are my annual epublishing predictions for the coming year. 1) Someone will step in and fill the tagging void. I have noticed a few app store apps pop up in my RSS feeds lately with little notices on them that they 'comply' with the standards of some organization or other. The most popular seems to be a group called 'Moms with Apps' whose 'members' must have their app verified to be free (or not)...

Momentum builds for new Amy Tan title with digital-first excerpt from Fourth Estate
July 11, 2013 | 11:44 am

The upcoming new novel "The Valley of Amazement" by Chinese American writer Amy Tan, author of the much-loved "The Joy Luck Club," is seeing a steady uptick in promotional activity prior to its scheduled official release on November 11th, 2013. One such move, as reported in The Bookseller, is a 42-page digital-only extract from the new novel, entitled "Rules for Virgins," released in the UK over Kindle on July 4 by HarperCollins imprint Fourth Estate, following its prior release in the U.S. in December 2011 by American imprint Byliner as a Kindle Single. The Bookseller quotes Clare Reihill, editorial director at Fourth Estate,...

Jack Vance e-books showcase achievement of deceased SF/fantasy master
June 28, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Jack VanceJack Vance (1916-2013), the veteran pioneer of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a prolific master in many other genres, died just short of a century old this year, on May 26, 2013. But his massive legacy has been fittingly preserved in two huge publication projects: the Vance Integral Edition (VIE), a 44-volume set of his complete works acclaimed by some as "one of the more remarkable publishing feats of the last 50 years," and the Vance Digital Edition, a series of e-books "created from latest digital versions of the Vance Integral Edition texts," and sold directly from the official Jack...

Not all digital-only imprints are exploitative, The Guardian reports
June 23, 2013 | 12:42 pm

carina_logoOn The Guardian’s self-publishing blog, Molly Flatt takes a look at the controversy surrounding some of the traditional publishers’ new digital-only imprints. She brings up the uproar over Hydra’s contracts that were viewed as exploitative, but also discusses Little, Brown’s “Blackfriars” imprint, and Harlequin’s “Carina,” which offer contract terms more akin to traditional publishing. The message seems to be that authors should not be afraid of a digital-only imprint because it is digital-only, but should look carefully at the terms it offers. Author Amy Bird tells Flatt that Carina gave her all the editorial and marketing support she would...

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven
October 31, 2012 | 2:00 pm

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s Foucalt’s Pendulum, a still-in-print book by a living author translated from Italian at great trouble and expense, which features a number of c-for-e OCR errors: I’ve found other typos in other books too, but statistics on this are hard to come by, and since I’ve only been using an e-reader for a few weeks,...

E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction
October 2, 2012 | 2:12 pm

Could serialized fiction finally force the e-book to evolve? Various ventures are trying to satisfy a common complaint about e-books: that they are simply black-and-white digital reproductions of long-form print books, flat and unoriginal in their design and concept. One variation, what publishers call enhanced e-books, with audio and video elements woven throughout the text, has largely fallen flat with readers. But serialized fiction, where episodes are delivered to readers in scheduled installments much like episodes in a television series, has been the subject of an unusual amount of experimentation in publishing in recent months. Read Full Article ... Source: New York Times...

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