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Children's e-books surge in first half of 2012; paperback sales sag
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Sales of children's e-books made huge strides in the first half of the year even as growth in adult trade e-books slowed, according to the latest publishing sales numbers from the Association of American Publishers. Revenues for trade paperback books sagged, presumably losing sales to e-book buyers. More



Why indie (for me) means NOT having a publisher
How to Self-Publish & Sell Your books    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Dan Holloway: We are increasingly hearing about the hybrid model, with authors deciding for which books and in what ways to engage publishers and/or agents, who then become partners, singing to the author's tune. Whilst I have to say a part of me wonders if there aren't some elements of utopianism creeping in, it is certainly true that many agents and publishers are starting to change the way they view their relationships with authors. More

The only reason why the iPad Mini won't matter
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It's finally coming. We think. The blogosphere was all aglow on Friday about the likelihood of Apple finally willing to play small ball with its industry-leading iPad. Sources claim that the world's most valuable tech company will introduce the iPad Mini on Oct. 23, giving it plenty of time to hit the market ahead of the holiday shopping season. The market's not exactly buzzing with excitement, but give the fine marketing folks at Cupertino some time. More

The slippery slope of e-originals
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In the last year a number of major publishers have begun offering authors contracts for "e-originals" — books released originally, and exclusively, in e-book format. Though this is a logical step in the evolution of traditional publishing houses from tangible to virtual formats, the deflationary nature of its business model poses a serious threat to author earning power. More

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Switching consumers to digital books is hard enough — get ready for magazines
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When it comes to bringing magazines to the Kindle or iPad, some of the trickiest competitors aren't fellow digital platforms — it's the actual print products themselves. Paper magazines are still pretty good, Amazon told publishers. Russ Grandinetti, vice president for Kindle content for Amazon, spoke in San Francisco about the challenges and rewards of bringing magazine content to the Kindle. More

Cover design primer
J.M. Ney-Grimm (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From J.M. Ney-Grimm: This summer I attended a publishing workshop. Cover design formed part of the conversation, and I learned some critical details about it. My architecture background and my previous publishing experience meant I was doing a lot right, but I could do better. Not surprising! Architectural design classes don't include typography and other elements of graphic design. More

A Nook start
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From Philip Jones: There are many good reasons for hoping Barnes & Noble has a successful launch of its Nook devices and U.K. shop, but the news last week that this roll-out has been delayed by two weeks does not augur well. It was Profile's Michael Bhaskar who said back in August that the company needed to make a "big splash", and one hopes that it still can. But I have yet to receive an email from the company explaining why the promised Nook devices have yet to land in stores. More



The family tablet: How new devices foster communal computing
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From Ben Bajarin: If you've read many of my columns here, you know that I am a fan of the tablet form factor. I believe tablets to be some of the more important technology products of our age. Most of this belief is rooted in the concept of touch computing and the addition of natural user interfaces to a truly mobile computer. But unlike notebook PCs, tablets bring an element to computing that has not previously existed: the idea of shared computers or shared screens. More

The irrational allure of the next big thing
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Last week, Random House shelled out more than $3.5 million for Lena Dunham's first book, Not That Kind of Girl. She has an amazing résumé for anyone, let alone a 26-year-old, having directed two feature films and scored four Emmy nominations for her TV show, HBO's Girls. But what makes the book advance so surprising is that Dunham doesn't have a track record of selling a lot of books. More

Creativity is ageless
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Timothy A. Salthouse in his book, Major Issues in Cognitive Aging, writes, "Although there is no shortage of opinions about cognitive aging, it sometimes seems that relatively few of the claims are based on well-established empirical evidence assertions about cognitive aging may be influenced as much by the authors' preconceptions and attitudes as by systematic evaluations of empirical research." More

Professional distance and protecting the reader experience
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From Zoe Winters: I think one of the things I've tried to express (often unwell) is that blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc. have started to cause problems for the author/reader relationship. Before the Internet, there was distance. I think probably on both sides (authors and readers) we didn't realize the value of that distance until we stopped having it. Ideally I should read a book and have my own private experience with that book. More


 


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