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Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal
March 2, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same ... who? Well, maybe that's part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was mileage enough in Stacey Dash's latest news to run an item on her book deal with "conservative" publisher Regnery Publishing, for her memoir There Goes My Social Life, about her "coming out" as a conservative. As it happens, the Regnery website doesn't throw up any answer currently to a search for Stacey, or Dash. But...

Morning Links: New Dr. Seuss books coming. Kindlebox links Dropbox and Kindle
February 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindleboxKindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Your Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker) It's pretty easy to send just about anything to your Kindle, but if you're looking for an even more automated solution, Kindlebox does the job by linking a Dropbox folder to your Kindle and sending anything over automatically. *** New Dr. Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Penguin Random House is going to publish a recently rediscovered Dr Seuss book later this year. *** Business Musings: A Year of Experiments (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) So much experimenting, so many different projects, that I walk into my office and find my head spinning. Thanks...

Morning Links: Anne Rice to pen book on author bullying. Improve the homepage
February 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

anne riceAnne Rice to Pen Book on Author Bullying (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Author and expert on bullying Anne Rice took to her Facebook page this weekend to announce her latest project: She's writing a book on author bullying. *** Penguin Classics Celebrates 80th (GalleyCat) Penguin Classics is celebrating its 80th birthday by selling 80 of its Little Black Classics for 80 pence (about $1.25). *** Forget Everything You Thought You Know About the Homepage (GigaOM) Is that really the best we can do? Melody Kramer doesn’t think it is — or at least she would like people to think a little more outside the box, as it...

Morning Links: Free samples of 2015 Newberry winners. Book price doesn’t measure value.
February 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

newbery winnersFree Samples of the 2015 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners (GalleyCat) We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. *** Why Book Price Doesn't and Shouldn't Measure Value (Dear Author) Last week, author advocate Porter Anderson wrote a piece on book pricing called ‘Who Decided Our Worth?’ Do Free Books Give Away Authors’ Value?, in which authors like Roz Morris, Henry Hyde, and others try to build the case for book prices that reflect an author’s “value” and “worth.” *** The Indie Author Dream: Fact of Fiction? (GoodeReader) Much of the ongoing drama between the self-publishing proponents...

Weekend Links: Should writers be open about income? Fighting a book slump
February 1, 2015 | 11:20 am

book slumpShould Writers be More Open About Their Income? (GalleyCat) Writing books may be one’s most important work in life, but it is not always the easiest way to pay the bills. *** Canadians Can't Watch 'Real' Superbowl Commercials (Techdirt) The process is known under CRTC regulation as "simultaneous substitution"...So, whenever a U.S. station is showing the same program as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that upon request the cable or satellite provider must switch the American feed over so that the Canadian commercials are visible and the broadcasters’ rights deals are upheld. *** Canadian Indies Report a Positive 2014 (PW) Independent bookstores...

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5
January 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipad turns 5Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is here. *** Apple's iPad Turns 5: Has it Lived Up to Steve Job's 2010 Keynote? (Slate) Five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. At a time when the press and the public were wondering whether anyone really needed a third computing device, Jobs was remarkably clear-sighted about what...

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits
January 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

file sharingRecording Industry Has 'Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing' In Norway -- By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books (Book Riot) A few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn about a new indie bookstore opening in my neighborhood in Chicago. On a whim, I messaged the new owner to congratulate her, and to see if she would be hiring booksellers. *** Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market (Digital Book World) In...

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune
January 21, 2015 | 10:25 am

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here's today's ray of hope - an infographic from Tesco's Blinkbox Books, which asks "What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?" The original page itself is in fact a fully interactive mega-bookshelf, which invites you to "explore the careers of some of the world’s most successful authors" and "sort by first published book, age at breakthrough book, and number of books published, so you could do far worse for a quick comparative summary skimthrough of some great literary careers. But even the raw graphic is useful enough. I'd query...

Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?
October 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

AndrewWylie.PhotographEamonnMcCabe.jpgNever one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can't seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them - or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he's blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a decent living. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live,” he claims, according to his keynote address at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, if only the Big Five have the cojones like Hachette to stand up to Amazon, who he doesn't hesitate to compare to ISIS. Hold...

Weekend Links: Lawsuit against Harlequin confirmed as class action. Amazon stock plunges
October 26, 2014 | 10:23 am

harlequinWhich Authors Have Quit Writing Who You Wish Would Return? (Book Riot) As a reader I often view authors as writing until they die, their fingers curled over their keyboard or the pen still clutched in the hand. But even if they don’t formally announce their retirement as Spencer did, many authors do stop writing. ** Author Lawsuit Against Harlequin Certified as Class Action (The Digital Reader) Originally filed in July 2012, Keiler et al v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited et al was brought by a group of authors who allege that Harlequin had cheated them out of their royalties. *** Amazon Stock Plunges as Record Loss...

Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger”
October 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

Plagiarism or not, second-hand reporting or not, I can't do better than to simply repeat and link to the above headline. Here's The Guardian, defender of free speech and woolly thinking, running in full the ruminations of author Kathleen Hale on how she tracked down the perpetrator of a one-star review of her book - to her real-world address, in person, face to face. Admittedly, The Guardian doesn't take sides, simply giving the author's account, without implied endorsement even in the subtitle. But commentators on the story soon did, both for and against. A good many who weighed in on Kathleen Hale's side...

Morning Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.
October 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

can you use electronic devices on airplanesThe Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not "Doing Anything Wrong" (Lifehacker) Glenn Greenwald—one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden's release of classified files—explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not. *** Canadian Authors Hit by Hachette-Amazon War (PW) Canadian authors are among the many affected by the protracted fight between Amazon and Hachette, but north of the border...