Macmillan CEO John Sargent has just revealed in a public letter posted on Tor.com that Macmillan has signed a deal with its biggest ebook customer and will soon be dabbling in the subscription ebook market.
To start, the ebook deal was signed last week, and while we have less than complete info Sargent did say that: Continue reading
After having been outed a couple weeks ago by an online forum as the real author of Youtube star Zoella's novel, Siobhan Curham took to her blog yesterday to remark on the abuse she has received ever since the story blew up earlier this week.
Starting with the caveat that her contract prohibits her from getting into specifics, Curham said that: Continue reading
After circulating in forums and book blogs for a couple weeks, the news officially broke over the weekend that Youtube star Zoella's debut novel might not be entirely her own work.
Or at least that is what Zoella and her publisher are saying; I am reasonably convinced that Zoella didn't write the book, and that this statement from her publisher only bears a vague relation to the truth: Continue reading
I'm not usually one to quote the Daily Mail, but in their Sunday edition they published an article which, once you look past the salacious details, offers a useful lesson in knowing the difference between a written and a verbal contract:
Nicole Forni, a professional model from Cleveland, Ohio, claims that she only agreed to pose for the provocative pictures on the condition that they were not sold on for any 'adult-oriented' purposes. Continue reading
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