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Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play
December 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

john-sargent.jpgJohn Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company's "Authors, Illustrators, and Agents" which has appeared in full on the blog of Macmillan imprint Tor. It makes for some interesting reading. Sargent's choice of date is significant. "Today a portion of our agreement with the Department of Justice (called a consent decree) expires, and we will no longer be required to allow retailers to discount e-books." In principle, at least. Although, as Sargent explains, the verdict in...

Morning Links: Walmart buying Nook? Maybe not. Digital rights
December 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

nook mediaI Wouldn’t Pay Any Attention to the Rumor About Walmart Buying Nook (The Digital Reader) A juicy rumor crossed my desk this evening which is bound to get a lot of attention in the next few days. After looking into its provenance I am reasonably convinced that this rumor is completely bogus, but its origin is interesting enough that I wanted to share it. *** Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (UPDATE: They Did) (John Scalzi) Writer Beware has posted a heads up for writers with regard to Web sites The Toast and The Butter, and the rights they...

Morning Links: Pseudonymous comments just as trusted. Book Riot Read Harder challenge
December 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

book riotReaders Say Comments Posted by Pseudonyms Are Just as Trustworthy (GigaOM) The value of having reader comments on news stories has taken a bit of a beating, with sites like Re/code and Reuters being the latest to do away with them because they are seen as a troll-filled wasteland. *** Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing (PW) In many ways, this year’s annual survey of African-American publishing is a response to a series of events in 2014 that directly focused on diversity. *** The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot) I’ve included 24 tasks, averaging out to two per month, that...

Morning Links: Bezos thinks ebooks make industry healthier. Nook trade in program
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookFour Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships (Digital Book World) It’s an argument we’ve heard before: publishers must take a fresh look at their partnerships with authors, lest they lose them the proliferating number of self-publishing services and platforms. *** Amazon's Bezos Thinks eBooks Make the Book Industry Healthier (GigaOK) “The book industry is in better shape than it ever has been and it’s due to ebooks,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told an audience on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview that addressed the company’s drone plans, its campus culture and its indifference to pain of short-term shareholders. *** Gifting Books? Expert Tips from a Children's Book...

Morning Links: Right to be forgotten guidelines published. Books to read in your lifetime
December 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

books to readFive Digital Publishing Questions for Eric Huang (Digital Book World) What do you think has been the most newsworthy event for authors in the past year around publishing and digital change? *** 'Right to be Forgotten' Guidelines Published by European Regulators (TechCrunch) Europe’s Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from individual Member States of the European Union, has now published guidelines on the implementation of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which was handed down by Europe’s top court back in May. *** Which Books Must You Read in Your Lifetime? Infographic (GalleyCat) Have you ever made a bucket list for...

Morning Links: Don’t pay to self-publish. Shutting down comments is a bad idea
November 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

cash for reviewsDon't Pay to Self-Publish (Joe Konrath) This post for all newbie writers considering self-publishing. While it would be extremely helpful to you to take a week and read my entire blog to get a full understanding of how the publishing industry works, here's the most important thing you need to know. *** UK Government Wants to Accurately Identify Law-Breaking Web Users (GigaOM) The U.K. government is set to announce measures to force internet service providers to maintain records of which customers use which IP addresses, so as to make online anonymity more difficult. *** Shutting Down a Comment Section is a Bad Idea (The Digital Reader) Over...

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

Bertelsmann confirms how bogus anti-Amazon animus is, hits seven-year revenue high
November 14, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Bertelsmann has provided yet more irrefutable evidence of how hollow, fake, and self-serving the whole Hachette/Authors United anti-Amazon spat was, as the post-Penguin/Random House-merger, post-digital disruption Big Five giant delivers its highest year-to-date revenue results for the past seven years. "Revenues at September 30, 2014 were up 4.3 percent year-on-year to €11.82 billion [$14.74 billion] (previous year: €11.33 billion [$14.1 billion]), reaching their highest level in seven years," the Bertelsmann press release stated. "The strategic transactions of the past 18 months contributed significantly to these increases – including the combination of Penguin and Random House, Arvato’s takeover of the financial...

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …
November 6, 2014 | 4:38 pm

News Corp logoNews Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos's brutal bullying bugbear Amazon - by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit HarperCollins. According to the results release, News Corp's performance for the first quarter of its 2015 financial year included "revenues of $2.15 billion compared to $2.07 billion in the prior year," and "the majority of the revenue increase reflects strength in the Book Publishing, Digital Real Estate Services and Digital Education segments and the inclusion of the results of Harlequin...

MADHOUSE comfortably clears Indiegogo fundraising goals
November 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following TeleRead's coverage of the Indiegogo fundraising campaign by Dark Regions Press to fund its illustrated shared world psychological horror anthology MADHOUSE, I'm glad to report that the project has cleared its base target and several stretch fundraising goals, raising $3962 in just the two days after our article ran. The project is now sitting pretty on $18,572 of funds raised by the cutoff time of 11:59pm PT, November 2nd, 2014, against its original target of $15,000. The extra money secured three out of the four stretch goals for the project, with by artist Aaron Alfrey now due to fully illustrate ten chapters...

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption
October 30, 2014 | 8:54 pm

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few years. The way it goes is that various people or organizations make proposals and the copyright office considers whether to grant them for the next three years. The exemptions then have to be requested again at the next session if they are to continue. Public Knowledge will be submitting requests to legalize...