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Night Vale co-creator shares secrets of success: Love and integrity
November 17, 2014 | 6:35 pm

night-vale-logoWelcome to Night Vale has long passed the point where it needs any introduction, with the spinoff book deal just one of the many developments around the hugely popular, slightly unsettling podcast series bringing news and wackiness from America's spookiest community. Now, series co-creator Jeffrey Cranor has shared some of the secrets of his success on Boing Boing, as part of the recent series of creativity-focused guest posts commissioned by Cory Doctorow from some of his favorite creative peers. And Jeffrey Cranor's recipe for success is summarized under two heads: Integrity and love. Love in this case, or at least one...

More mutual shunning – around Night Vale and H.P. Lovecraft
June 7, 2014 | 12:18 pm

night-vale-logoAs if there weren't already enough mini-culture wars going on around certain literary genres and figures, another small one seems to be brewing up around the delightful weird/dark podcast series Welcome to Night Vale and horror great H.P. Lovecraft. The trigger was an interview that Newsarama did with Welcome to Night Vale creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, where the subject of their influences came up, including any influence from H.P. Lovecraft. "People area always assuming is a major influence, and the funny thing is that Lovecraft is not something that I’m into – in fact, I strongly dislike his work,"...

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit
March 7, 2014 | 10:24 am

After fan fiction and online writers' circles, now it's the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights to the upcoming Welcome to Night Vale novelization have been picked up by Orbit UK in what the publisher itself describes as "a heated auction last month" from "Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US," following the announcement in December 2013 that Harper Perennial...

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study
February 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children's author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt's Tim Cushing argues that, notwithstanding some of the fallacies the author is operating under, in fact, many forms of entertainment these days are indeed given away for free. And of course, many others are paid for... I decided to have a quick think about the 'entertainment' we consume in my own household. How much of it do we pay for? How...

eBook Architects Acquired by Firebrand Technologies
February 5, 2013 | 4:52 pm

Firebrand TechnologiesI'm guessing that the majority of regular TeleRead readers are familiar with the eBook Ninjas Podcast, which takes a very deep and high-level look at the e-reading industry and subculture with roughly two or three new episodes each month. (Click here to stream or download to the Ninjas' 2012 Year In Review episode, featuring TeleRead's own Joanna Cabot.) The Ninjas' podcast is actually something of an extra-curricular service offered by an e-book conversion company known as eBook Architects. Today, an announcement was made that the Austin, Texas-based eBook Architects has been acquired by the 25-year-old Firebrand Technologies, a digital publishing solutions...

Your humble editor on Beyond the Book, a CCC podcast series
October 15, 2012 | 5:40 pm

Beyond the Book podcast, Copyright Clearance CenterLate last week I was lucky enough to be featured as a guest on Beyond the Book, a twice-weekly podcast series produced by the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Beyond the Book generally covers the business of writing and publishing, and I can't recommend it enough for anyone who's interested in staying on top of the publishing industry, and the many changes it's currently undergoing. You'll find the program's archives available for free on the homepage of its website, where you can also download the shows as MP3 files. BTB is also free on iTunes. Speaking of iTunes, BTB is described there as...

Beyond the Book podcast series covers uPublishU, a self-publishing event
August 31, 2012 | 10:30 am

If you're not familiar with the Copyright Clearance Center's fantastic Beyond the Book podcast series, which focuses primarily on the business of writing and publishing, this is the perfect time to check it out. Earlier this summer, BTB recorded an episode at uPublishU, which is technically a pre-conference program of the annual BookExpo event. This particular podcast episode features the following industry hotshots: Jenny Pedroza, co-founder of the Writers Coffee Shop Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, President of Smith Publicity Bob Young, CEO & Founder of Lulu.com And here's a brief description of the episode, direct from the CCC:   This panel’s industry insiders know how to ensure...

The Naked Book podcast covers DRM, interviews Matteo Berlucchi and Nick Harkaway
March 22, 2012 | 11:38 pm

On FutureBook, Philip Jones posts a summary of the first episode of his new podcast, The Naked Book. This episode had to do with DRM, and featured talks with people including Anobii chief executive Matteo Berlucchi (who I’ve previously covered for his presentation stating that publishers should bite the bullet and drop DRM so they stop helping Amazon build its walled garden) and author Nick Harkaway on the matter. Kobo director of merchandising Nathan Maharaj pointed out that DRM that restricts books to one particular class of device runs up against the mom problem: non-tech-savvy moms are an important...

Mercedes Lackey superhero project bind-in CD available on The Fifth Imperium
March 23, 2011 | 11:50 pm

Invasion art sliceThe Fifth Imperium’s Baen CD repository has posted another CD. This one is bound into the release of the Mercedes Lackey superhero “braided world” book Invasion: The Secret World, an outgrowth of a podcast audiobook project inspired by playing and writing fanfic about the MMO City of Heroes. As with past CDs, the contents are DRM-free and free to distribute non-commercially. More than any other Baen CD, this one has personal meaning for me. I was playing City of Heroes at the same time and in the same role-playing/writing guild as Misty and all our friends, many of...

The Biblio File Amazon/Macmillan podcast now available
February 6, 2010 | 8:34 pm

We had a great show today on The Biblio File, marred only by a minor technical malfunction in the middle. I was joined by Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show (as well as a number of listeners in the text chat) and we talked for over an hour about Ficbot’s and my posts, the Amazon/Macmillan situation in general, and related matters. The 30-megabyte mp3 file can be downloaded here (right-click and choose “save as”), or streamed from the show’s homepage. At some point it will be available in the  iTunes podcast section as well. Items we...

TODAY, 4 p.m. Eastern: Live talk podcast on Amazon/Macmillan affair
February 6, 2010 | 1:13 pm

This Saturday, I have decided to host a live, call-in podcast talkshow on my book-related podcast The Biblio File, Saturday February 6th at 4 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific (and 9 p.m. UK) time. The podcast will be devoted to a discussion of this week’s Amazon/Macmillan feud. I have invited several guests, but I do not know whether any of them will desire or be able to attend, so I’m prepared to discuss my own point of view with all comers if it comes down to that. I will welcome as many different viewpoints as possible, but...

TeleRead audio interview: Smashwords encouraging self-pubbed writers to go POD as well as E
February 14, 2009 | 2:27 pm

image Smashwords has worked out an affiliate relationship with Wordclay, a print on demand company, to encourage writers to appear on paper as well as in ePub and other electronic formats. Mark Coker briefly discussed this during an audio interview with TeleRead Co-Editor Paul Biba during Tools of Change. "Authors should publish in print," Mark said---since e-book revenues are just a fraction of those from paper books. Electronically, Smashwords books are available not only directly but also through new arrangements under which you can download them within the Stanza program for the iPhone. In the interview...