BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

On BookMachine this week, a Seven Figure Book Deal Proves Talent Beats Data, Summer reading scheme is Olympics of the mind, say sport-fearing kids, we saw the Winner of Eyewear’s inaugural Melita Hume Poetry Prize announced, and ELT Teachers can become authors.

Elsewhere in the publishing world, it’s big news as Pearson Acquires Self-Publishing Vendor Author Solutions For $116 Million and Osprey buys Duncan Baird.

There’s thoughts on the indie writing scene in this Straight Up Q&A with Mark Coke of Smashwords, while in the doomsayers corner this week, here’s Five mistakes that are killing traditional publishing, according to bestselling author Kristen Lamb and the Ebooks Suit Could ‘Wipe Out Publishing Industry As We Know It,’ Senator Says.

And now for some stats: it seems More People Are Buying Dirty E-Books Than Hardcover Books, E-book sales revenue and number of books sold are up, publishing market size down but Do These New Book Sale Statistics Shock You?

Here’s 5 Ways to Go From Blogger to Published Book Author, a Welcome To The Seedy Underbelly Of Publishing, and A Proposed List — 60 Things Journal Publishers Do.

And to close this BookWrap semi-seriously, check out DIY Ereader or Tablet Boom Gives You Handsfree Reading.

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