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Over 900 authors sign open letter to Amazon
Publishers Weekly
Authors United, the loosely knit group of authors who joined forces to formally ask Amazon to end its sales terms dispute with Hachette Books, is preparing to run a full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times. The ad, which includes the signatures of over 900 marquee, midlist and debut authors, requests the e-tailer to, among other things, stop its program of "selective retaliation" against the authors.
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Traditional print book production dipped slightly in 2013
Bowker
Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker®, the global leader in bibliographic information. The two percent decrease reverses the sector's growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works despite competition from e-books.
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Library e-book lending worldwide lags behind US
Digital Book World
Major publishers have widened U.S. libraries' access to their catalogs in recent months, but as a new background paper from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions asserts, that isn't happening everywhere around the world. According to the report, "the overriding e-book issues for libraries continue to be the withholding of content and the imposition of problematic and differing license terms and conditions by major trade publishers."
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The free and the antifree: On payment for writers
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For a young writer who hopes to produce literature, the greatest difference between now and twenty years ago may be that now she expects to get paid. Twenty years ago, art and commerce appeared to be opposing forces. The more you were paid for your work, the more likely you were to be a hack. The term of art was "sellout."
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Digital editions up slightly at US magazines
Poynter
Digital edition circulation rose at U.S. magazines in the first half of 2014, according to the Alliance for Audited Media's most recent report. But digital editions represented only 3.8 percent of total circulation, compared with 3.3 percent in June 2013. Paid subscriptions fell nearly 2 percent, AAM's Neal Lulofs writes. Single copy sales fell about 12 percent.
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Amazon wants cheaper e-books. But should it get to enforce prices?
The New York Times
In a short blog post meant to shed light on its contract dispute with the publisher Hachette, Amazon argued this week that its data proved that lower e-book prices were better for everyone in the market for books. That includes authors, publishers, customers and Amazon itself. Amazon also said that in addition to looking for cheaper books, it was asking for just 30 percent of the price of an e-book — far less than many in the publishing industry had feared.
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Engaging readers as you write
The Writers' Union of Canada
By Mary W. Walters: Sometimes I have trouble writing the next pages of a work in progress. It's not that I am short of ideas. It's just that I have a lot of other urgent matters that require my attention (paid editing work, posting to Facebook, reading books, visiting family and friends, checking out the latest Rob Ford antics ... the list goes on).
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How to spend the first 10 minutes of your day
Harvard Business Review
If you're working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don't dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that's essential for any self-respecting chef: mise-en-place. The "Meez," as professionals call it, translates into "everything in its place."
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