The Association of Author’s Agents released an updated code of ethical guidelines today which were written to help Agents who “may not yet have had the opportunity to work out what good practice might mean to them”.
From The Bookseller: Continue reading
News is breaking today that PRH subsidiary and vanity press Author Solutions has launched a new front company in Spain earlier this week, and it is almost as bad as you would expect.
David Gaughran broke the news when he reported earlier today: Continue reading
When it was launched in the 1930s, Pelican Books was the nonfiction imprint for the then-new paperback publisher Penguin. It brought self-improvement and self-education to a customer base which was unable to afford the more common hardback books (then as now a luxury item).
But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. Continue reading
Tumblr has just given us a graphic example of why independence, even if it comes at a cost, is still better than relying the generosity of a free service provider.
Sarah Moon reported on her blog earlier today that Tumblr had recently taken away a URL which she had been using for several years in order to give it to an advertiser (or at least a potential one): Continue reading
Much ink has been spilt over the past day on the subject of Amazon, Hachette, and their new book contract, and while we don’t know who got the better end of the deal there is strong evidence to suggest that Hachette blinked first. Continue reading
PW reported earlier today that Wattpad has the same piracy problem as the ebookstores, Scribd, and pretty much every other site that allows users to upload content: Continue reading
Hachette and Amazon’s bitter months-long dispute over ebook and print contract terms came to an abrupt end today with the news that the two had buried the hatchet.
The specifics of the deal were not disclosed, so we do not know in whose back the hatchet was buried, but in a statement Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch said that “this is great news for writers”. Continue reading
Barnes & Noble might have announced plans to spin off Nook Media into its own publicly traded company early next year, and after looking at B&N’s ongoing investment in its digital sub I think the plan is going ahead, full steam. Continue reading
Hiring the right pro to assist in publishing a book can sometimes make or break a project, but how do you go about finding them?
The answer to that question is probably going to change with time, but right now authors and publishers can find industry pros through one of the several startups that have launched listing services. Continue reading
The NYTimes continued to predict the imminent death of Amazon’s publishing efforts with a new article on Friday. Ed Park, a prominent literary editor, has left Amazon Publishing to go work for Penguin: Continue reading