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Why coolness for writers is utterly beneath contempt
July 15, 2014 | 2:33 pm

ShortList Magazine, a free giveaway glossy from the land of Cool Britannia which "has the biggest circulation of any men's lifestyle magazine in Britain," has shared with us its guide to "The 50 Coolest Authors of All Time."  It begins: "Writing a runaway literary hit is incredibly hard, and doing it with aching volumes of cool (which is how we'd all want to do it, given the chance) is nigh on impossible. These 50 managed it." Well, here's my view on why cool is something that writers - as opposed to readers of freebie giveaway men's glossies - should avoid...

Morning Roundup: Crackdown on pirate textbooks. No more TV Guide Canada
July 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

pirate textbooksAuthors Behaving Badly and Authors Who Aren't (Joe Konrath) So a bunch of legacy authors--many of them smart and who should know better--just signed a letter accusing Amazon of things that simply make no sense. *** Global Crackdown on Pirate Textbooks Continue (GoodeReader) There is a global crackdown on organized crime manufacturing illegal student textbooks. A few weeks ago police raided a few locations in Madrid and Seville, seizing 10 professional book scanning machines and arresting three. *** Create UK Highlights Publishing's Economic Success (The Bookseller) Posters highlighting the contribution made to the UK economy by the publishing industry are going up in central London sites, marking...

Morning Roundup: Scribd adds exlusive content from Connu. Wattpad to stay free forever and more
June 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoScribd Adds Exclusive Short Story Content From Start-up Connu (Digital Book World) We have confirmed through a Scribd spokesperson that part of the deal prevents Connu content from appearing on other ebook subscription services like rival Oyster. *** How Magazines Use Analytics to Refine Digital Initiatives (Media Shift) Magazines have made major strides in integrating multimedia production into their existing production processes. *** Wattpad Plans to Stay Free Forever, Will Make Money From Native Ads (The Digital Reader) When it comes to funding a website with a lot of users, there are a number of tried and true business models, including selling ads, selling user data,...

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...

Morning Roundup: Marvel phasing out retail comics distribution. Starting a magazine in digital age and more
March 5, 2014 | 8:50 am

marvel phasing out retail comicsNew Book Gives Tips on Starting a Magazine in the Digital Age (Media Shift) Starting a new magazine is no easy task in today’s competitive, complex media world, but a new book offers aspiring magazine entrepreneurs, students, and instructors a resource for the adventure. *** Marvel Phasing out Retail Comics Distribution to Focus on Digital (GoodeReader) Marvel is endeavoring to focus almost exclusively on digital distribution to maximize revenue. In the past few months the company has pulled their comics from bookstores all over the world. *** Anne Rice Fights Author Bullying on Amazon (GalleyCat) Anne Rice has joined a number of authors who have signed a...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Supernatural Tales runs limited-time offer of free downloads
February 3, 2014 | 10:17 am

UK horror and dark fiction magazine Supernatural Tales is holding a very limited-time offer for free PDF downloads of back issues, some nine in all, via its usual publication platform, Lulu.com. "Issues from ST#17 onward will be available there indefinitely," states the publisher and founding editor, David Longhorn, but the giveaways are strictly short-time. "It's a limited time offer, but for the next day or so you can have issues 17 to 25 for nothing," he states. Subscription prices for the magazine run at $45.00 annually for US and ROW, or £25.00 for the UK, for three issues per year. Individual...

Morning Roundup: Impacts of Loss of Public Domain, Is 2014 the Year of the Reader?
January 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

public domainWhat We Lose From Having Killed the Public Domain (Techdirt) I've seen some copyright maximalists asking why this is a big deal, since all the works listed are readily available to purchase. This is uninformed in the extreme. *** Digital Technology Remodels Women's Magazines (Media Shift) Women’s magazines are full of fashion, beauty and relationship tips. However, studying them has also taught one researcher a lot about their future, and about the future of the magazine industry as a whole. *** 2014: Year of the Reader (Book Riot) It has never been a better time to be a reader! It’s a brand new year, and already articles...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Movies, Tablet Magazine Ship Sinking
December 16, 2013 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon Takes Away Access to Purchased Christmas Movie During Christmas (Boing Boing) Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this. *** Using YouTube to Educate...and Test (Teachers with Apps) What if your college professor told you that your take home exam was on YouTube? The popular video site may currently be one of the biggest distractions students try to avoid during midterms and finals, but it may not stay that way. *** The Tablet Magazine Ship is Sinking Fast (GigaOM) What’s even worse...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Launches Digital Magazine Shop, Is Viral the Holy Grail of Content? and more
December 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

Kobo Launches Digital Magazine ShopKobo Launches Their Digital Magazine Shop (GoodeReader) At a product launch event in New York City Canadian based Kobo announced their intention of launching a digital magazine store. *** Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) With 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. *** A Growing Obsession with Viral Content Exposes the Weakness of Most Digital Media (GigaOM) Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is. *** Is Editing Teachable?...

Want to be a writer? Call your career advisor NOW!
November 29, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Oops, did I mess up big time?! And you think you might want to be a writer too? Well, our chosen profession and vocation just happen to come out low and rock bottom in terms of career choices. At least according to CareerCast.com, via the Wall Street Journal. Their poll of the  Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, listing the top - and bottom - 200 professions, ranked "Author" as No. 156 and "Newspaper Reporter" as No. 200. Bummer, eh? If I'd turned right instead of left along that critical career path, I could have aspired to the heights of...

Morning Roundup: eBooks Soar in New Zealand, Magazine Apps Headed for Oblivion, Kindle Paperwhite Getting Rave Reviews
October 7, 2013 | 8:31 am

Why Tablet Magazines are a Failure (GigaOM) Dedicated magazine apps for tablets may look good, but I fear they’re headed straight to oblivion. *** Book Sales in New Zealand Fall 15% While eBooks Soar (GoodeReader) The New Zealand Book industry has fallen by over 15% in the last six months as major publishers abandon the print sector. *** Kindle Paperwhite Review: eBook Reader Gets Warmer, Faster (Tech Hive) The second-generation Paperwhite is the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy, with a high-contrast screen that lights itself. *** eBooks Are Changing reading Habits (USA Today) David Delk, 47, remembers "the old days," when his extended family went on vacation carrying...