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6 reasons Penguin and Random House make more sense together
Quartz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Penguin and Random House's merger combines the defensive and the offensive. Technology provides publishers with a golden opportunity to revitalize a product, which has been in the doldrums for years. But the same opportunity presents huge challenges, which perhaps only publishers with real scale can effectively address. Their union was announced this week. More



Are self-publishing authors killing the publishing industry?
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Self-published authors have created a devaluing of the written word, and, some of them are scrambling to see how low they can go to get noticed. Let us list the ways: 99-cent price point for e-books. Free e-books via KDP Select program. Unedited work. Kindle giveaways to get attention and bulk up sales. And lastly, nasty reviews from other authors with the sole purpose of driving down customer ratings. More

Man or machine — can robots really write novels?
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Machines can already drive trains, beat humans at chess and conduct countless other tasks. But what happens if technology starts getting more creative — can a machine ever win the Booker Prize for fiction? In George Orwell's fiction, by 1984 the "proles" were entertained by books produced by a machine. In real life, robots have been capable of writing a version of love letters for over 60 years. More

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Tech CEOs trade barbs, warm up for holiday tablet wars
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The biggest names in consumer technology, stung by a string of disappointing quarterly results this month, are suiting up for what's shaping to be the fiercest holiday battle in years. Investors and consumers have already largely written off flaccid quarterly numbers from tech behemoths like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon. What counts is the next 60 days, when the biggest names in technology do battle at a near-unprecedented scale and pace. More

Publishers cautiously optimistic toward 2013
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Newspaper publishers sought to recapture some of their swagger at this week's annual meeting of the Inland Press Association, even as they face an uncertain fallout from the U.S. Postal Commission's negotiated service agreement with Valassis. To judge from their revenue predictions and shared stories, this group of mostly small- to medium-sized publishers may have found themselves walking with a cautious, if more sure-footed, gait instead. More

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Why agents collect your money for you
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Literary agencies handle authors' advance payments and royalty payments one of two ways: 1. The money is split — generally 85 percent to you, 15 percent to your agent — at the publishing house. 2. One hundred percent of the money is sent to the agency, where it is split, and the author's sum is sent to him or her. More

Supreme Court debates copyright 'gray market' case
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The U.S. Supreme Court raised questions about the multibillion-dollar trade in goods outside authorized distribution channels, hearing arguments in the case of a graduate student sued for selling foreign-edition textbooks in the U.S. at discount prices. The copyright dispute may restrict the so-called gray market, with ramifications for publishers, retailers, entertainment companies, manufacturers and consumers. More



Amazon swings to loss
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Amazon.com Inc. reported its first loss in more than nine years, as the retail giant's revenue growth slowed while it continued to spend heavily on product development for devices such as the Kindle tablets and e-readers, as well as on new warehouses. The Seattle company swung to a loss of $274 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with year-earlier net income of $63 million, or 14 cents, marking Amazon's first loss since the second quarter of 2003. More

Look like a genius without actually being one: 8 formatting tips And tricks
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Imagine watching a great TV show, and at the most dramatic, perfect moment of the lead character's heart-wrenching soliloquy, the boom mic dangles, just barely, into the corner of the frame. No matter how good the show has been up to this point, the spell is broken — you're painfully wrenched from the tale, immediately aware that you are not IN a story, only WATCHING a story. Bad formatting can do exactly this to your fiction. More


 


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