Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 5, 2011 - 2:29am
Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction
Amazon has emerged as the surprise underbidder on a multi-million dollar auction for a self-published author, the first time the retailer is believed to have bid on frontlist.
Full article here.
Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin comments on the article.
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Like other authors and researchers, I'm conflicted about the project. On the plus side, the vision of a widely accessible digital library is a worthy one that is, for the first time in human history, technologically achievable.
On the other hand, Google was plotting to acquire effective control over millions of works whose copyrights belong to others.
Full article in the LA Times
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 2:02am
Amanda Hocking, the darling of the self-publishing world, has been shopping a four-book series to major publishers, attracting bids of well over $1 million for world English rights, two publishing executives said.
Full post at NYT.com
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 12:42am
Recently I found myself explaining to a group of surprised friends from Protestant and secular backgrounds that, despite being educated in the Catholic faith up to the sacrament of confirmation at age 14, I didn't read the Old Testament until I was assigned it in a college literature course. Traditionally, the Catholic Church did not encourage its congregation to read the Bible; we had the priests to explain it to us. In fact, the church once took such a dim view of the idea that, in 1536, the English reformer William Tyndale was tried for heresy, strangled and burned at the stake, largely for translating the Bible into English for a lay readership. Tyndale House, a major American Christian publisher, is named after him.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 12:11am
I wasn’t planning to write a post this past weekend for Monday morning publication. But then Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler contacted me on Saturday to tell me what Barry is up to. I’ve read their lengthy conversation about Barry’s decision to turn down a $500,000 contract (apparently for two books) and join Joe (and many others, but none who have turned down half-a-million bucks) as a self-published author.
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As the popularity of smartphones continues to grow, the challenge, on a global scale, may only get greater.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 16, 2011 - 10:53am
As people stop telling the time using their wristwatches and use their mobile phones instead, a new genre of device takes up the vacant real estate on their wrists.
Article mentions the wrist watch being used as a "third screen" to present information.
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 14, 2011 - 7:39pm
The kids I celebrated in my early books as “digital natives,” capable of seeing through all efforts of big media and marketing, have actually proven less able to discern the integrity of the sources they read and the intentions of the programs they use than we struggling adults are. If they don’t know what the programs they’re using are even for, they don’t stand a chance at using them effectively. They’re less likely to become power users than the used. It is our job as educators to change all this. We’re our students’ best chance of becoming media—or new media—literate.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 14, 2011 - 7:33pm
Interesting blog post at "An American Editor" blog.
It has been an ongoing frustration of mine, dealing with bibliographic information that cites the Internet and ebooks.