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Morning Roundup: Free eBooks no longer effective? Social media for novelists and more
July 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

free ebooksReaders Gravitate Away from Free Books (GoodeReader) New research is suggesting that giving your eBook away for free might not be effective anymore. *** Social Media Marketing for Novelists, Is Relationship Building (Digital Book World) But social media marketing does not have to mean getting on a loudspeaker and booming out self-lauding messages. That model for promotion is not necessary. Instead, think about marketing as building relationships. *** Art or the Future of the Printed Book? (Brave New World) This weekend in a quiet small local market in Bath we came across two stalls which caught our eye. One was selling lampshades at £75 each and the...

Weekend Roundup: Trad publishing not in authors’ interests. Amazon the friendly giant
July 13, 2014 | 2:59 pm

amazonAmazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It's Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No Longer in Author's Best Interests (GoodeReader) But one organization in the UK, the Society of Authors, has stated in an interview with its head Nicola Solomon that the validity of the traditional publishers is questionable and goes so far as to state the traditional publishing as a whole is no longer...

Morning Roundup: Author rejects award. Women who write horror and more
July 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

women who write horror[caption id="attachment_115803" align="alignright" width="211"] Author Mary Shelley[/caption] Author Rejects Award Due to Amazon Backing (GoodeReader) The ultimate in low class and poor breeding has occurred in the book world as an author turned down a major award due to its association with Amazon. UK-based children’s book author Allan Ahlberg declined the Booktrust Best Book Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award because the £5,000 prize money had been donated by Amazon. *** Horror and the Women Who Write It (Book Riot) I started to delve into the online world of horror writers and horror writing forums. In my attempts to join that community, I started to realize that...

Morning Roundup: New art project aimed at book lovers. Lovecraft-inspired collection on Kickstarter
July 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

lovecraft Cthulhu plushieSmashwords CEO on Why He Supports Hachette Against Amazon (Digital Book World) Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords and an indie author himself, is rooting for Hachette in its current business dispute with Amazon. *** London Unveils New Public Art Project Aimed at Book Lovers (GoodeReader) The streets of London are being transformed due to a new public art project that puts a priority on books. Books About Town is a new initiative that celebrates the city’s rich literary heritage. *** H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured on Kickstarter (GalleyCat) The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the...

Morning Roundup: How 3G Whispernet really works. HarperCollins has new e-commerce site
July 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

3g whispernetHow Amazon Whispernet for Kindle 3G Really Works (GoodeReader) Whispernet internet access is provided by AT&T and gives owners the ability to browse the web, purchase eBooks and download content. The big point of confusion that e-reader owners have, is what are the limitations? *** Wattpad Acquires Red Room Writer's Site (Publishers Weekly) Wattpad, an online writing and reading community, has acquired the Red Room, an online community originally described as a “Facebook for authors.” The Red Room site will be subsumed into Wattpad and go offline beginning July 8. *** Amazon Makes a Direct Offer to Hachette Authors; Here's the Full Letter (GigaOM) Amazon is proposing...

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?
July 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone screenWhy We Still Need Publishers (Book Riot) I was surprised to get this response, because I’ve always been vocal about the fact that, yes, we need publishers. I want to clear up the idea that I’m egging people onto the anti-publishing bandwagon. *** 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities for Indie Authors (Smashwords) This year, we break new ground with more data, including survey questions that explore preorders and series, two categories of inquiry that weren't possible in prior years. *** This Could be the First Look at the New iPhone's Sapphire Glass Screen (GigaOM) A leaked part provided to a French blogger appears to be...

Morning Roundup: Do writers need a union? Reinventing the bookstore and more
July 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

books-262431_640How I Failed at my Book-Buying Ban (Book Riot) So in order to at least catch up a little bit on reading the books I already owned, I decided, at the beginning of 2013, that I wouldn’t buy books anymore... *** How J-Schools Are Tackling the Demand for Data Journalism Skills (Media Shift) Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people. *** Do Writers Need a Union? (Hugh Howey) On the website ThePassiveVoice, commenters bring up trade and labor disputes and organizations, and I think these and class warfare comments I’ve seen elsewhere are spot-on. *** The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore (The...

Weekend Roundup: Reading Rainbow raises $6M. Google vs Kobo
July 6, 2014 | 11:54 am

reading rainbowHM Ward on Literary Agents and the Indie Author Industry (GoodeReader) Even though the “indie author revolution” and self-publishing as a valid form of content distribution are currently enjoying a never-before-seen rate of success and acceptance, the landscape itself is still evolving as players from every aspect of the industry still work through the system. *** Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises $6 Million With Help from Seth McFarlane (NY Daily News) LeVar Burton announced Wednesday that the literacy project raised a total of $6.4 million in five weeks. *** eBook Stores: Google vs Kobo (Sydney Morning Herald) E-books make it easy to carry around an entire library in...

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: World Book Night closing, A year without Google Reader; Has anything changed?
July 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

world book nightIt's Been a Year and a Day Since the Google Reader Shutdown, Has Anything Changed? (The Digital Reader) I for one am still reading RSS feeds in much the same way I did the day before Google announced the Readerpocalypse, but while I have stood still the industry as a whole has changed. *** Author to Chobani: I Own the Word 'How' (Techdirt) It's amazing what fun we can have when we really get a culture of permission going. *** World Book Night is Closing Down (GalleyCat) World Book Night is shutting down after three years of distributing free books across the country. The volunteer-run organization is...

Morning Roundup: Copyright wars harmed privacy. Reading Rainbow nearly 5M on Kickstarter
July 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

reading rainbowAmazon Promotes Hachette Title as “Best Book of the Month”, Won’t Let You Pre-Order it (The Digital Reader) Publishers Lunch noticed this morning that one of Amazon recommended titles for the month of July can’t actually be bought from Amazon. *** Nobody Cares About the Future of the Internet (Boing Boing) Julia "Law Comics" Powles attended last week's ICANN meeting in London, an event that attracted less media attention than the launch of mobile app "Yo," but which was the setting for discussions that will shape the future that we and our children and grandchildren will inhabit. Powles has seen the writing on the...

Morning Roundup: Txtr to launch subscription service. eBooks vs paper and more
July 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

txtrTxtr to Launch a Million Title eBook Subscription Service This Summer (The Digital Reader) Late last week txtr, the Berlin-based ebook subsidiary of 3M, pulled the covers off of Blloon, their newest service. When it launches into beta this summer, Blloon will offer readers in the US and UK a completely free reading option. *** eBooks vs paper (The Financial Times) Choosing books to take on holiday has got more difficult in recent years. Now it is a question not just of what to read but how – on paper, tablet, e-reader, or perhaps even a phone – and people have strong opinions on...