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In the changing marketplace, authors have so many more choices
August 9, 2013 | 8:49 am

Several days ago, author Aubrey Rose wrote a blog post about Amazon Publishing. She was offered a publishing deal through its romance imprint for her book Me, Cinderella? This sounds great for any author, and even Rose was excited about the opportunity. “Naturally, I was thrilled. A real publisher wanted my work!,” Rose wrote on her blog. However, she turned it down. In Rose’s own words: It was hard for me to say no. Ever since I was a little girl I’d dreamed about being a ‘published author‘. However, I needed to make the best decision for my book and for my fans. I...

The Guardian’s success in growing digital revenue without paywalls continues apace
July 18, 2013 | 11:09 am

The GuardianThe latest set of annual results from the owner of the UK's The Guardian newspaper show positive trends for online media operations and newspapers as a whole, with figures to substantiate increased digital revenues that have helped offset falling print sales. This is all the more interesting as The Guardian is one of the few major British newspapers that forgoes paywalls, concentrating instead on growing its readership internationally. Reporting in its own newspaper, Guardian News & Media cited an annual loss of £30.9  million ($46.65 million) in the year to the end of March 2013, which had fallen by 30 percent from last...

Guardian interactive e-book video game writing critique misfires
July 13, 2013 | 4:38 pm

Britain's The Guardian has just run another generic anti-tech critique of modern technophilia and the push for interactive storytelling, this time from columnist Damien Walter. He takes issue with the predictions that "traditional fiction will be superannuated by new technology," proclaiming: "Novels remain the best interactive media." Walter feels that some generic "we" has been led sadly astray by tech hype to desert "those fusty old book things and their tiresome words" in favor of "interactive multimedia experiences." This slightly skips over the fact that the quintessential tech product which really transformed publishing, writing, and the world of books, was not...

Morning Roundup: Defense department blocks all access to The Guardian in response to NSA links
June 28, 2013 | 9:26 am

Morning RoundupDefense Department Blocks All Access to The Guardian in Response to NSA Links (Techdirt) Once again, the US government appears to be taking an incredible head-in-sand approach to the various leaks about NSA surveillance. The latest is that the Defense Department is now telling everyone in the DoD to block access to The Guardian's website. * * * Why Genre Rules eBooks and What Big Publishers Are Doing About it (Wired) One of the biggest success stories in U.S. publishing in recent years has been the continued growth of digital book publishing. Last year, total revenue for e-book sales in the United States reached...

Is The Guardian’s book-review process too eco-unfriendly?
June 27, 2013 | 4:03 pm

Leading UK daily The Guardian, which still enjoys a leading reputation for its cultural and literary coverage, from a firmly left-of-center perspective, recently shared a shot of the review delivery at the Guardian Books department. "Behind the scenes: everyday we receive these bags full of new books," declared the tweet, showing four large Royal Mail postbags bulging with books. Yes, The Guardian does carry such weight with UK publishers and authors. But you'd think they if anyone would be sensitive to the ecological impact of all that woodpulp being thrust into their hands day after day. I'm not the only one to...

From the KBoards, feedback on Profile Books’ managing director Andrew Franklin
June 15, 2013 | 1:31 pm

Andrew FranklinAfter my coverage of the remarks by Profile Books’ Andrew Franklin, also picked up by others, I linked the original Guardian article to the KBoards Writer’s Cafe, the Kindle platform community’s author forum, inviting comment. Within a day, the thread attracted 134 responses. Here, as confirmed with the authors, are one or two of them. “What passes for affirmation is comments from readers and the fact they're buying our books,” remarked Smashwords author S.Wolf. “It may be true that the majority of self-published books are bad, but it's the well-written minority that's cutting into his profit margin.” “Of course there is plenty of...

Profile Books founder Andrew Franklin lays into self-publishing
June 11, 2013 | 7:01 pm

Andrew Franklin UK independent publisher Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, delivered a virulent assault on the current self-publishing environment at the Literary Consultancy conference Writing in a Digital Age in London, as reported in The Guardian. "The overwhelming majority [of self-published books] are terrible—unutterable rubbish," Franklin said. "They don't enhance anything in the world." There are "now unmeasurable numbers" of books being self-published, according to Franklin, and "these books come out and are met with a deathly silence, so the principal experience of self-publishing is one of disappointment." This outburst is especially surprising as Profile Books is clearly no stranger...

An open letter to Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly
June 11, 2013 | 12:37 pm

Publishers WeeklyDear Jim, When I wrote to you the other day by email with a brief note asking if Publishers Weekly might want to link to the recent news on NPR and at the Christian Science Monitor in the U.S., and in The Guardian and the Financial Times in London, about a new literary genre called "cli-fi", you replied with a terse note sent from your iPhone that read: "not interested." Jim, you seem like a very likable fellow. You're editorial director of PW, the most prestigious print magazine in the book trade industry. I've been a PW reader since I was in college....

British booksellers catch the French malaise
June 6, 2013 | 11:28 am

British Booksellers AssociationThere’s nothing like a bad idea for going viral, and it seems the British Booksellers Association (BA) took a sere and yellowed leaf out of the French government’s book in calling for government curbs on Amazon, as reported in The Guardian. Tim Godfray, the Association’s CEO, was quoted in the article as saying that UK booksellers identify Amazon as “the main threat to their business.” But aside from demonizing Amazon, Godfray seems just as barren of ideas as the French on how to revitalize bookstores. [caption id="attachment_86329" align="alignright" width="164"] Tim Godfray[/caption] Previous gestures by the BA include support for  Independent Booksellers Week...

‘Cli-fi’ takes international role as climate fiction term
June 2, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Cli-fiBy Dan Bloom TAIPEI -- In a recent Guardian commentary published in late May, British writer Rodge Glass issued a "global warning" about what he termed "the rise of 'cli-fi'" -- noting that ''unlike most science fiction, novels about climate change focus on an immediate and intense threat rather than discovery." His piece about the rise of cli-fi as a literary term in English -- in both the U.S. and in the UK -- was well-received among his newspaper's readership, with over 100 comments joining the post-publication online discussion. National Public Radio aired a story about cli-fi in April, which was followed by a second story by the Christian Science...

The Guardian weighs in on TeleRead’s ‘cli-fi’ claim
June 1, 2013 | 12:41 pm

The GuardianJust in case you missed it, we ran a post last Tuesday, May 28, by Dan Bloom, a freelance journalist based in Taiwan who's also an occasional TeleRead contributor. Bloom's post centered around a relatively recent literary term—'cli-fi,' short for 'climate fiction'—which Bloom himself claims to have coined back in 2007. The term refers to a subgenre of science fiction in which horrific futures are imagined as a result of environmental disasters. Bloom has written about the climate fiction subgenre for TeleRead in the past, and his posts always seem to attract their fair share of detractors and ridicule. So we were...

Salt ceases publishing poets: Should they self-publish?
May 28, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Salt PublishingLeading UK independent literary publishing house—and e-book producer—Salt Publishing has decided, “after thirteen years and over 400 poetry collections, many by debut authors,” to stop publishing poetry by individual poets and concentrate on anthologies in the future. “Salt concentrates its future poetry efforts on the best of British” was how the headline on the Salt Publishing blog put it. The Guardian coverage quoted Salt director Chris Hamilton-Emery as saying: “"We've seen our sales [of single-author collections] decline by over a quarter in the past year, and our sales have halved in the past five years ... It's simply not viable to continue doing...