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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...

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...

Morning Roundup: Best subscription service for self-pubbing. iOS 8 highlights
August 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Which Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster? (Media Shift) Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster programs instead? How do you get in? Read on for a comparison of these top three reader subscription programs and best recommendations for self-publishers who are looking to add these channels to their revenue streams. *** Looking Forward to iOS 8: Highlights (GoodeReader) As a developer, I have had the chance to test drive the beta version of iOS 8 since early June… for the rest of you still waiting to give it a try, here...

Rich boys club buys space to say Amazon is bad
August 8, 2014 | 4:25 pm

The open letter against Amazon from Authors United, the group steered by founding author Douglas Preston, seems to be getting a lot of column inches. And just to make sure, Authors United is buying its own. That is, a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the New York Times to get the message across. Yes, authors are paying publishers (in this case, a newspaper publisher) to print their words - but no one seems to be crying "vanity press" this time round. (Well, maybe "vanity," but of that, see more below...) Evidently the grating irony of authors - those proverbial...

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...

Douglas Preston decries Amazon tactics against Hachette authors (Updated)
July 3, 2014 | 4:25 am

Well, he’s at it again. Long-time TeleRead readers might remember Douglas Preston as the author who complained about readers’ “sense of entitlement” for wanting cheap e-books, only to backpedal rather hastily when the complaint sparked a reader backlash. Yesterday, Jeffrey Trachtenberg reported in the Wall Street Journal that Preston has been circulating an open letter among various authors complaining that Amazon has been unfairly targeting Hachette authors in its recent contract negotiations with their publisher. He has reportedly received support from a number of big names (including, predictably, James Patterson) and will be posting the letter to his...

Amazon vs Hachette vs Authors
May 25, 2014 | 3:57 pm

Fighting over computer keyboardOur friends at The Passive Voice have linked to an interesting little op-ed by author Lili Saintcrow where she weighs in on the Hachette vs Amazon battle, which we have already covered here. She raises the valid point that publishers rely on pre-sale orders to gauge the probable success of a title, and this affects how much promotion, attention and resources the publisher then puts into the book and the author. From the article: "Those forecasts create numbers that are used when, for example, Devi makes the case to buy another series from me while I’m finishing up writing the current one....

Goodreads adds new ‘Ask the Author’ feature
May 22, 2014 | 12:25 pm

goodreadsI posted this to the Morning Links, but this is such a cool story that I wanted to elaborate further. Goodreads has added an intriguing new feature called 'Ask the Author' which allows users to post questions to favourite authors, get answers, and read the questions and answers which other users post. The initial launch features 54 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Michael Cunningham, Arianna Huffington, Douglas Preston and other big names. Eventually, it will be available for all Goodreads authors. So, how does it work? You can go straight to the blog post linked to above to browse the initial...

Weekend Roundup: The business of being an author. A hype-free article on Aereo and more
April 20, 2014 | 11:22 am

business of being an authorNow that Amazon Owns Comixology , What Will Happen To Submit? (The Digital Reader) It’s been a week since Amazon announced that they were acquiring Comixology , and the surprise deal has left many questions unanswered, including what Amazon plans to do with Submit. *** Books, Toys Still Work for Specialty Outlets (Publishers Weekly) Since the demise of Noodle Kidoodle and Zany Brainy in the early 2000s, specialty “book-and-toy” stores have maintained a low profile. Yet a number of retailers, from the 130-unit Learning Express chain to mom-and-pop stores, are still serving their communities with a mix of toys and books. *** Authorpreneurship and the Business...

Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Six reasons to use a pen name
April 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

mynameispenname When an author publishes a book, they need to make a decision before the book hits the market. Do they want to use a pen name? Here are six reasons why a writer may want to use a pen name. 1. You write erotica: There is nothing wrong with writing in the genre, but writers may want to choose a pen name because they don’t want close friends or relatives to know. They may want to hide that book from dear old dad. 2. You write under different genres: If an author writes under several genres, they may want to use a different name...