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Jonathan Cape holds open submissions month: Do they know something we don’t?
April 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Venerable, highly reputable UK publishing imprint Jonathan Cape has announced that it will be throwing open the doors for the whole of June this year, inviting open submissions of fiction " from new writers of high calibre and imagination." This ought to be of interest to any aspirant or even established writers. But it also invites some interesting speculation - which could be on the mark, or a shot in the dark. You decide. Jonathan Cape originally opened in the 1920s, and boasted writers such as Ian Fleming and James Joyce in its prime. Part of Chatto and Windus from 1969,...

Morning Roundup: New update for Nook Glowlight. Publish or perish?
April 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightSchool Libraries Adapt or Face Closure in Digital Age (GoodeReader) An article today for The Bookseller highlighted one school library system in the UK, North Yorkshire County, that will be closing its school library service effective March of 2015. The reason? Lack of use on the part of schools. *** Amazon's Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions (GalleyCat) Amazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions. *** Barnes & Noble Rolls Out New Update for Nook Glowlight (The Digital Reader) Poking holes in the rumor that they fired their entire hardware staff, Barnes & Noble released a new update today for the Nook Glowlight, their latest...

Book editors really do edit books. Really! They’ll tell you so themselves!
March 30, 2014 | 3:18 am

find-an-editor1What does it say about what people think of you if you have to write a lengthy editorial insisting that, no, really, you actually do do your job? That’s how a piece by book editor Barry Harbaugh in The New Yorker comes off. Entitled, “Yes, Book Editors Edit,” it insists that, despite Amazon claiming otherwise, book editors at major publishers actually do edit books. The fact that this piece had to be written in the first place possibly says more than does the entire piece itself. Especially since there are just a few problems with it. ...

Amazon doesn’t know it’s supposed to fail
March 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

I happened upon a Bookseller piece by Agent Orange (who I’ve mentioned before) noting that UK publishers have been making a lot of noise about the putative foolishness of Amazon’s plans. It’s funny how they seem to keep doing that, and Amazon never seems to pay any attention, isn’t it? Agent Orange notes: It is depressing how often we have been here before. Publishers pour scorn and disregard on Amazon. Amazon presses on with its plans regardless (announcing it is massively expanding in the UK this coming year) and a year or two later publishers discover...

Genre lines: Why literary writers won’t self-publish
March 29, 2014 | 5:58 am

jetpackI just happened to sit down and read the Robert McCrum article on struggling literary fiction authors that Paul covered earlier this month. It was interesting enough, and I’m don’t think I have substantively anything more to say about the content of the article itself than Paul did. But I was intrigued by a couple of the comments. Paul Bowes suggests that the reason literary writers can’t or don’t want to self-publish is a genre thing. Guardian Books, and the literary world generally, have a tendency to conflate 'writing' with literary fiction: or at least, with literary fiction and the kind of...

Verso announces ebook bundling direct sales model
March 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Verso Books, "the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world," has announced a new direct sales model from its website "in a way that will shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing. For all new titles and hundreds of recent ones, Verso will bundle the corresponding ebook with every print copy purchased, and offer free postage to anywhere in the world." Verso lists off its partners in the new platform, including "developers Fastest Crayon, payment provider Braintree, social DRM publisher Booxtream, and Verso¹s distributors ­ Random House in the US and Marston in the...

Should authors use Snapchat to target a younger audience?
March 28, 2014 | 10:30 am

snapchatSnapchat may get some bad connotations when thinking about the social media platform, but a number of brands have seen past the poor stigma and leveraged the platform for their benefit. Young adult authors and publishers may consider doing the same. For those who don't know about Snapchat, it's an app that allows users to share photos and videos that last anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds before it disappears. The negative attention to the app had to do with sexting. In this article on Brand Driven Digital, Nick Westergaard gives Snapchat a look and explains why it matters. Here's why young adult...

Morning Roundup: BooksOnBoard files lawsuit. UK court says electronic information is not property
March 27, 2014 | 6:46 am

BooksOnBoard files lawsuitDefunct Indie eBook Retailer BooksOnBoard Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, 5 Publishers (The Digital Reader) BooksOnBoard may have abruptly gone out of business last April but that doesn’t mean it’s completely gone. Some remnant is still active, and last week it filed an antitrust lawsuit. *** UK Court Says Information Stored Electronically is Not Property (Techdirt) It confirms that the property of "intellectual property" is of monopoly rights, not of the information in the creative work. And since that information cannot be possessed, it therefore cannot be stolen, despite what copyright maximalists would have us believe. *** Even the Biggest and Smartest Digital Publishers Still Have...

PW shares fast-growing indie publishers list: Not many dead
March 25, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Think that self-publishing, Amazon and ebooks between them are conspiring to kill off the brave independent publisher? Think again. Publishers Weekly recently shared its breakdown of the "11 companies that made PW’s list of fast-growing independent publishers in 2013," comprehensively demonstrating that there is no sense scapegoating Amazon for the state of the publishing sector. And its rundown also highlights some handy points on what it takes for indie publishers to survive and thrive in these digitally disrupted times. First in line, Oak Press LLC, which started as the personal platform of romance writer Bella Andre, "reported a spike in revenue...

Porter Anderson: The authors are revolting
March 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Well, perhaps that's a little too strong. But veteran ebook/publishing journalist Porter Anderson, over on Thought Catalog, has penned a very interesting and challenging update to his earlier interview with Hugh Howey on author advocacy. It examines the phenomenon of: "A New Voice in the Book World: The Author." Porter Anderson's argument is simply that digital disruption in the book world has led directly to author empowerment - to authors transitioning from passive media assets - albeit sometimes highly volatile ones that required careful handling - into active agents and even competitors of their erstwhile publishing elders and betters. "Of all...

Morning Roundup: Tips for a Little Free Library, China as the next big ebook market and more
March 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

little free library5 Tips for Running a Little Free Library (Book Riot) So. You’ve been hearing about these Little Free Libraries and are intrigued, possibly even considering putting up your own. Or maybe you just love living vicariously and want to know more about what I’ve learned from my Little Free Library in the months it’s been up. Either way, I’ve got you covered. *** China: The Next Big eBook Market (Digital Book World) Roughly 42% of China’s nearly 1.4 billion people use the Internet. In the early part of 2013, China surpassed the U.S. in terms of how many people in the country were using...

Morning Roundup: Fanfiction addiction. Amazon Publishing set to expand and more
March 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionAmazon Publishing to Expand in US, UK, Germany (The Digital Reader) According to Jeff Belle, the VP of Amazon Publishing, they’re planning to hire dozens of more people and  vastly expand their publishing efforts, particularly in the UK. *** My Fanfiction Addiction (Book Riot) We’re almost 3 months into the new year, and as of yet, I’ve finished 3 books – all on audio.  Why? Because I’ve been reading and reading and reading Sherlock fan fiction. I’ve immersed myself in it. I’ve done this for two reasons. *** How Much Does a Senior Children's Book Editor at Random House Earn? (GalleyCat) These salaries are self-reported by employees...