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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...

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...

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...

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...

UK Publishers Association tracks rising digital sales
July 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

apple-time-to-use-digital-textbooksThe UK Publishers Association  has just shared its latest Digital Sales Monitor, tracking sales till end April 2014, which demonstrates that UK "digital sales increased from £119.9m [$204.78 million] from January-April 2013 to £132.5m [$226.3 million] in the same period this year, a rise of 10.5%. This continues the increasingly strong performance of the digital formats which in 2013 represented 16% of total book sales, and has grown a massive 305% over the past five years." Even these impressive figures, however, considerably underreport actual digital book sales in the UK as a whole. "Data from companies estimated to represent c75% of total...

July Author Earnings report surveys DRM, genre sales
July 18, 2014 | 3:34 am

ae-julyHugh Howey and Data Guy have done it again, producing another interesting report on a sample of data scraped from Amazon. The July report re-runs the numbers for their main chart based on the new data, then branches out into a couple of interesting new measurements—including one that I specifically asked for back in May. The main measurements show basically incremental change from the last few reports, In terms of daily revenue to authors (taking into account royalty percentages from publisher sales and Amazon revenue percentages from self-published works), Big Five authors take 37% of total Amazon daily revenue...

Oxford publishers get skills training grant from UK government
July 16, 2014 | 6:39 pm

oxford.jpgPublishers in Oxfordshire, home of the Oxford University Press, have received a grant of £150,000 [$256,884] from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Education  as part of a public/private co-investment strategy for developing skills in the industry. Announced by Oxford Brookes University, which is coordinating the recipient Oxfordshire Publishing Cluster Group through its Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the grant will "will go towards developing locally run training courses for people in the publishing industry." "The publishing industry is in the midst of enormous changes; the move from print to digital has opened up a wealth...

Penguin Random House and the Harper Lee memoir controversy
July 16, 2014 | 4:36 pm

to-kill-a-mockingbird-JPEG_thumb.jpgThe dispute between Harper Lee and her self-styled chronicler Marja Mills is receiving substantial coverage for a feud that goes back to 2011, when Penguin originally acquired the rights to Mills's The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee.  Even at that point, Lee's attorneys released a statement from the celebrated author that she had not "willingly participated in any book written or to be written by Marja Mills. Neither have I authorized such a book. Any claims otherwise are false." Mills, however, insisted that she had written confirmation from Lee's sister Alice that both sisters had cooperated with the...

Guardian takes up UK Society of Authors statement: Traditional publishing terms no longer fair or sustainable
July 13, 2014 | 1:41 pm

SoA logoAfter UK Society of Authors head Nicola Solomon wrote to TeleRead in the wake of the release of the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) report on author earnings, The Guardian picked up the same statement from her to endorse the SoA view that "the terms many publishers are demanding are no longer fair or sustainable." And this time The Guardian, hitherto a more than somewhat anti-Amazon publication, only mentioned Amazon briefly and in positive terms, in the context of self-publishing. The Guardian mostly covers the same ground that Solomon already went over in her Q&A with TeleRead, and the arguments also covered here,...

Hey, publishers? Show us the money!
July 10, 2014 | 4:37 pm

money_grubbing_businessman_0521-1011-0416-3829_SMUPublishers are earning more than ever before. Writers are earning less than ever before. So why are writers defending publishers? And why is all that money staying with publishers instead of going back to authors? This debate has gained fresh point and ammunition in the context of the recent Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study on UK author incomes. Nate Hoffelder criticized the ALCS report on the grounds of methodology: "This report looks less like a true survey of writers and more like a hatchet job from a group with an axe to grind. I suggest that you ignore it."...

Publishers vs editors: which do we need more?
July 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

editorsI linked yesterday to an intriguing op-ed from Book Riot called 'Why We Still Need Publishers.' At the time, I thought writer Susie Rodarme made some salient points about the value of a second eye in the editorial process. But now that it's sat with me overnight, I think Rodarme has reached the wrong conclusion. She is correct that authors---good authors---probably can't or shouldn't try to do it all without a helper. But she makes a terminology error and confuses 'publisher' with 'editor.' For instance, just after declaring in paragraph 4 that 'publishers perform a necessary and not-easily-replaced service to the...

ALCS leads debate at House of Commons following author earnings report
July 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following the release of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study “What Are Words Worth Now?,” already covered in TeleRead, which showed a catastrophic drop in writers' earnings, and the numbers of full-time authors, in the UK, the ALCS held a debate at the UK House of Commons on the issues raised in the report. Some participants at least didn't mince words about the report's conclusions. Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive of ALCS, said after the release of the report, "These are concerning times for writers. This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of those writing full-time could...