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The Indie Author Power Pack aims for the NYT Best Seller list
November 7, 2014 | 6:29 pm

indie-power-pack-blogDavid Gaughran blogs that he and some other authors are attempting to reach the New York Times Best Seller list with a super-cheap bundle of writing advice e-books. The Indie Author Power Pack bundles together three writers’ guides at the low low cost of 99 cents: Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by David Gaughran How To Market A book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn PLUS exclusive content. Gaughran also suggests that it would...

New York Times public editor finds bias in its Amazon/Hachette coverage
October 5, 2014 | 10:45 am

Wow, this is pretty big. For quite some time, indie publishing bloggers such as Hugh Howey, Joe Konrath, and David Gaughran have been complaining about the slanted nature of the New York Times’s coverage of the Amazon/Hachette squabble. Now New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has taken a look at the Times’s coverage and admitted that it could, indeed, be more even-handed. In her editorial, Sullivan links, recaps, and discusses prominent objections to the Times’s coverage, asks the Times reporters involved for their responses, and concludes: MY take: It’s important to remember that this...

How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of an NYT ad?
August 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Class, today's math question is: How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of a single full-page New York Times ad? And we're going to compare the average median income of a British author, as calculated by the the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), with the cost of a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, as provided by ... the New York Times. "The Times ad, which cost $104,000, was paid for by a handful of the more successful writers," states the NYT. "In 2013, the median income of the professional author...

British printers struggle to cope with shift toward digital media
April 15, 2014 | 5:46 pm

printingpressMy friend Michael Brotzman pointed out this story to me from the New York Times, about how the printing industry in Britain is coping with the decreased demand for its services. Even as high technology leads to printers that can print bigger runs, faster, more efficiently, and with fewer operators, demand is dwindling and so are employees. The British printing industry is down from an estimated 200,000 workers in 2001 to fewer than 125,000 now. And for the jobs that are left, the UK is more and more often having to compete with lower labor costs of printers in continental...

Should authors review other authors’ books?
September 9, 2013 | 1:09 pm

A recent New York Times Bookends feature focused on writers reviewing other writers—specifically the argument of "should they or shouldn’t they?" Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch discussed the topic, touching on why some authors are reluctant to review others, but also why it's important to do so. Heller writes: "Some recuse themselves from reviewing any contemporary fiction at all. Others review only those novels they can praise in good faith. Still others adopt a tactful, discursive reviewing style that allows them to write about books they don’t rate without actually copping to an opinion." Kirsch writes: "Write a bad review and you make an enemy for...

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy
July 16, 2013 | 2:33 pm

David CarrThe latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great "Lord Of The Rings"-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, with its regiments of marching Kindles, comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from the pen of New York Times columnist David Carr. Carr has an illustrious track record as an Amazon-basher, so it's not unusual to see more of the same on display here. Still, savor these gems: "So far, what has been bad for the...

The New York Times Now Available as a Kindle Fire App
July 12, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Kindle Fire AppLove The New York Times and want to read it on your Kindle Fire? Until this week, you had to settle for the Kindle edition, which gave you the articles but none of the multi-media content. No longer. Kindle Fire users can now run a New York Times app, with the features of the Android and iOS apps that have been available for a while now. The Next Web has a nice roundup of the features and a short interview with Paul Smurl, GM of Core Digital Products at The New York Times. We reviewed the New York Times app for Android and...

New York Times: Flipboard or Native App?
March 26, 2013 | 9:38 pm

Last week The New York Times gave me an offer I couldn't refuse: 12 weeks of digital access for $5. No, that's not $5 per week. That's $5 for the entire 12-week period. See why I couldn't refuse? I'd been reading the Times' Top News on Flipboard for months, and I knew I liked it in that format. Now that I have access to the entire paper for a few months, I decided to try out the native Android and iOS apps and see which I liked better. Note that I purchased Tablet access, so I didn't test this out on my...

Mexico’s illiteracy problem is growing worse
March 8, 2013 | 3:48 pm

For years now, whenever reports from Mexico have popped up in American news outlets, the stories have almost always revolved around the seemingly endless homicides that are taking place in the northern reaches of the country, where many of Mexico's infamous drug cartels are based. But an op-ed about one aspect of the Mexican cultural landscape that appeared in the New York Times recently has been earning attention for a very different, if still inexcusable, state of affairs: Much of the country, it seems, has effectively stopped reading. As the article's author, David Toscana, explains... The proportion of the Mexican population that is...

New York Times Now Available on Flipboard for Android and Kindle Fire
February 28, 2013 | 3:02 pm

FlipboardFlipboard made my list of great productivity apps in a previous post I wrote for GadgeTell (one of TeleRead's sister sites), but until today I only used it on my iPad. Why? Because the New York Times was only available in the iOS version. Not only that, but previously, if you logged into Flipboard on Android, you lost Times access on your iOS device. No longer! As of today, you can get the Times in the Android and Kindle Fire versions as well. I just downloaded it and tested it out. The articles look great on my Nexus 7. Flipping is smooth. In fact, I think I like it better on Android. The Times in the iOS...

Is the Vampire Weekend classified ad proof that print is approaching its retro-cool tipping point?
February 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

Vampire Weekend The Approval MatrixI about wet myself after opening up the February 18 issue of New York magazine, after which I immediately flipped to the often imitated (but never duplicated) Approval Matrix. There it was, right down in the furthest corner of the Brilliant/Lowbrow axis: Liberal-arts rockers Vampire Weekend show their allegiance to print by announcing their new album title in the N.Y. Times classifieds. Don't get me wrong: I realize we're all media-savvy enough to recognize this sort of thing as a clever marketing ploy, and nothing more. But therein lies the basis of my excitement ... and the overarching point of this post. Let me...

The NY Times creates the first-ever Kindle Paperwhite infographic
December 31, 2012 | 4:01 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteDid anyone else notice the fantastic Kindle Paperwhite infographic that ran in the New York Times' Business section on December 26? It appears to have been a dual effort on the part of tech reporter Brian X. Chen and graphics editor Frank O'Connell; the latter put together an equally gorgeous infographic about the Lytro camera back in February. We've reproduced a portion of the graphic for you below, but in order to access the "info" aspect of the feature, you'll need to click here to visit the Times' site. The piece essentially explains how the Paperwhite's "unique lighting system" works: "Rather than using a...