Fear & Dread, or One Parent’s Thoughts Over a Tablet in the Hands of a 5-Year-Old

-+*With the holidays recently passed, many parents are coping with the a new situation. Their young children have been given a tablet or other mobile device even though, frankly, not all kids are mature enough to handle the responsibility. Last week the WP published a column by the mother one such child. A close fried… Read More »

Breaking News: Streitfeld Admits That Amazon “Might” Not be Guilty of Censorship

-+*If you were hoping that a public rebuke from the NY Times’ public editor would restore some degree of balance to that august publication’s coverage of Amazon, I’m sorry but that hasn’t happened. The media spokesperson for Authors United, David Streitfeld, is mixing it up again. He has a new post up on Sunday on the… Read More »

If you write nonfiction, and cannot command mega-advances, you should think about self-pub

-+*Editor’s Note:  When discussing self-pub, few pundits consider nonfiction books. In his guest posts on The Digital Reader, William D. O’Neil will help to correct that oversight. The great majority of indie self-pubs are genre fiction, and a large proportion of nonfiction in self-pub is about how to write and sell genre fiction. Some say… Read More »

Mike Shatzkin Encounters Socially-Aware Indie Authors, is Confused

-+*Mike Shatzkin is a noted pundit in the publishing industry, but there are times that he truly misses the point. A couple days ago Mike posted a new screed in which he questions the motivations of indie authors who bash the legacy publishing industry. While Mike can see how advocates of the legacy industry are fighting for… Read More »