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BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

First up, if you find yourself in or around Auld Reekie this evening, BookMachine Edinburgh is the place to be (from 6pm in Carters Bar), closely followed by Literary Death Match in The Guardian Spiegeltent from 9-ish. What more could you ask for from an evening of bookish entertainment?

On the site this week, there’s Beck To Release Most Backward Book Ever, and Bookaboo looking for submissions for new series. Then we had a rush of questions (and answers), including 6 questions for Wendy Toole of the SfEP, 6 Questions for Russell Kerridge of Imagewrite, and Five questions for Sophia Blackwell.

Elsewhere on the web, have you ever wondered Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published or Why Everything in Publishing Takes So Long? Do you agree that Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books – And That’s A Good Thing?

Meanwhile, As time ticks down, publishers and Authors Guild slam ebook settlement, we’re Cruising for a browsing (experience), it’s Rejection vs. Rock & Roll, and there’s some advice on Navigating the World of Literary Agents.

On the tech front, Daring Fireball is Thinking This iPad Mini Thing Even Througher, and finally, one for the social media types: Welcome to Medium.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

On BookMachine over the past couple of weeks it was all Fitba, Shades and Gray as Cargo announced three new signings, there were 6 Questions for Jon Reed and we asked Should Children’s Books Come with Age Certifications?

In the news it was announced They’re Making Another Hobbit Film Now, and while Steidl launches book-scented perfume, Fifty Shades beats Harry Potter into submission on Amazon.

We had a guest post from Kathy Meis on why It’s a Brand New World, and if you find yourself in Edinburgh over the festival period, do amble along to BookMachine Edinburgh – 17th August. Continue Reading →

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.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week on BookMachine, we kicked things off with the The ABC of Waterstones: A Bookseller’s ‘Promised Land’ and 5 questions for Carolyn Jess Cooke, then looked at This week in literary prizes and the news that Today in tyrants: Hussein daughter seeks publisher for father’s memoirs. And if all that wasn’t enough, we had 5 questions for Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy.

Elsewhere on the web it was a mighty busy week too, especially if writing’s your thing: here are 10 Ridiculously Simple Tips for Writing a Book, and Getting your first book published: Lessons learned! Meanwhile this post has Six Tough Truths About Self-Publishing (That The Advocates Never Seem To Talk About), while there’s the argument that Discoverability and Marketing Are Publishing Company Differentiators. Here’s How to fight back against bogus Amazon/Kindle reviews, and what about some Self-Publishing Statistics – Who are the Top Earners?

On the tech front, some are asking Can We Please Move Past Apple’s Silly, Faux-Real UIs?, is it a symptom of Nostalgia and Finitude in Digital Media?

For designers there’s The Future of Book Cover Design in the Digital Age discussed and Publishing Perspectives asks: Does Digital Publishing Really Encourage More Reading?

It seems that If You Want to Succeed in Business, Read More Novels, even though Over half of surveyed e-reader owners use devices to conceal ‘shameful’ reading habits. And for all that reading over the weekend, you might need 17 Cozy Reading Nooks Design Ideas.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week on the site, we were Revisiting elearning in the Web 2.0 age with Anna Faherty, and Felice Howden asked What Game Is Anobii Playing? Meanwhile, the London Literature Festival announces 2012 line-up, and Century buys rights to Wool, inevitable sheep jokes.

Elsewhere on the  web, it appears that Amazon aims to launch front-lit Kindle in July and Amazon launches CreateSpace in Europe.

As Pottermore adds Kobo as a Harry Potter e-book partner, and apparently Moglue Makes It Dead Simple For Anyone To Create And Publish Interactive Ebooks, there’s A Humorous Yet Truthful Look at Publishing, and The Book Designer is asking: Are You Trying to Create an “Impossible” Book?

And then there’s the big questions: Paper Book vs. Digital Book – Who reads which, where and why?

Finally, it appears that In E-Reader Age of Writer’s Cramp, a Book a Year Is Slacking.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

On the site this week, we asked Do Publishers Expect Authors To Market Themselves? There was also the chance to Win a great new novel by asking the author a question!

While in the news, Virago to release ‘coming of age’ collection aimed at young women, Maya Angelou completists and ‘I don’t set out to make children happy’: RIP Maurice Sendak.

Elsewhere around the web, Are publishers waking up from their dream about apps? It seems this may be true for magazines, at least if you agree with these reasons Why Publishers Don’t Like Apps.

But as for books, there were some interesting thoughts this week from Nick Harkaway on the Evolution of Books, an outline of The Future Of Books In 7 Easy Steps, and Seth Godin revealed what he thinks is The real threat to (big time) book publishing.

On the digital front, here’s The complete guide to iBooks: from reading to selling, though it seems that iPad E-Reading Market Share Stagnates as Tablet E-Reading Rises, and a handy Infographic: Are eBook Readers Reading More?

Meanwhile, according to Smashwords CEO Mark Coker: Indie Authors Need to Become Great Publishers, while also knowing all about The Business of Writing Books.

And finally, why not Meet The 16-Year-Old Book Reviewer.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week, you may want to contemplate the Hierarchies of ebook design, while bearing in mind what happens When Publishing Technology Attacks.

And as Consumers Start to Take Notice of the E-Book Library Lending Problem, Mike Shatzkin is Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do.

Meanwhile, it’s been argued that the Apple Antitrust Suit Would Aid Amazon Book Monopoly.

On the self-publishing front, there’s talk of The Rise of Indie Authors and How This Helps Publishing and Why You Could Be the Next Stephen King, but here’s 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Requesting A Book Review.

Meanwhile, on the mainstream route, What Is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility With a Traditional Publisher?

And finally, once you’ve had a play around with the ‘Cranberry’ launch of Jellybooks – Discovering, Sharing and group buying ebooks, and checked out The Books That Read You, here 19 Musicians Share What Books They’re Currently Reading.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Before you get stuck in to this week, here are the publishing stories you may have missed over the past fortnight.

On BookMachine, we’ve been asking Where Are They Now? Cutting Edge Digital Developments that Didn’t Make It Work‘Publishers are important,’ Val McDermid tells room full of publishers and Edinburgh Book Festival announces conference to commemorate that one time authors were snide to one another.

After last Monday’s post ‘Erotic Novel Serves as Good Fertiliser’ was followed by HarperCollins launching erotica for women, we make no apologies for an ill-fated attempt to get #eroticweek trending on Twitter.

Elsewhere on the web, Digital Book World asks Was March 2012 the month Traditional Publishing died? Well, certainly Britannica isn’t dead, it’s digital, apparently Most U.S. College Students Now Prefer Digital Reading, and Inkling Habitat may be reinventing the print press.  But are Ebooks: a new publishing solution to an old business problem?

Meanwhile, there were words On publishing and being a writer in the Right Now, and as Another Agent Lectures Authors, there was An agent’s manifesto over on The BookSeller.

Finally, BookWrap leaves you this week with The 10 Most Overused Words in Publishing.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Over the past couple of weeks on BookMachine, we’ve been pondering: Should Publishers care about Pinterest, why the Exponential growth of Indian book market somehow involves Jeffrey Archer and whether we’re Publishing Developers or Developing Publishers?

While the Diagram Prize shortlist immediately renders all other awards irrelevant by dint of insanity, and R.L. Stine publishes short story on Twitter, we have Jackie Collins looking to strike it Bitch with self-publishing. Continue Reading →

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

On the site this week, we were Writing the book on fashion, arguing that the term ‘Legacy Publisher’ Is Not A Thing, and reporting on Foyles now selling ebooks.

And there was plenty happening elsewhere as a Penguin move causes outrage at ToC and it seems Book marketing is broken. Big data can fix it.

Meanwhile, as we ponder Franzen, E-books & Bathtubs, Is Amazon the Death of Literary Culture?

There was lots going on in educational publishing as Online Store Kno Sues Publisher for Pulling Its Digital Textbooks and Nature Publishing Group Officially Launches a New Interactive Textbook. Apple and Others Strive to Be the Next Wave in Educational Publishing, and as Inkling Previews Its Semantic Publishing Platform, which looks to be a pretty good response to iBooks Author, there’s yet another authoring platform released by Sourcefabric.

As The publishing industry has gone mad for film-style trailers, we also had news that Publishers win battle against illegal e-book sites. Go team!

And BookWrap leaves you this week with 29 Soundbites On Writing And Publishing.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

On the digital front this week, there were Nine truths about e-book publishing, 5 Career Tips to Survive Publishing’s Digital Shift?, and there was good news for comic fans as Aquafadas Offers Self-Publishers Digital Publishing Tools for graphic novels.

But with the cascade of new epublishing tools, it’s best to remember the  Tortured Language – Discerning Ebook Rights in Ancient Publishing Contracts.

Meanwhile, could editors become brands in themselves, acting as a recommendation engine for readers?

There was also talk of Books, Reading, and Pinterest, The Value of Making Reading Hard, and the role of  The Publisher as Curator.

This week’s big bout was Amazon vs. Big Publishing: 800 lbs vs. 798 lbs.?

And if all that wasn’t enough reading for you, here’s some more of the Best Links for Writers and Publishers, and Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Today we’re mostly talking about Apple’s announcement on education yesterday. Are Apple set to shake up textbook publishing with iBooks 2 and iTunes U?

And there’s more, as Apple’s iBooks Author Tool Sets the Stage for Showdown With Amazon. Essentially it’s A GarageBand for ebooks: Simplifying publishing.

But what is The iBooks 2.0 textbook format? And there’s the backlash too: perhaps You Can’t Afford Apple’s Education Revolution, and what about The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA?

And then there’s pricing, here’s Apple’s New Math(s). Or: Why a $15 E-Book Equals a $75 Paper Book.

Elsewhere this week, it was argued that Academic publishers have become the enemies of science. And while Dorling Kindersley says “Goodbye Books, Hello ‘Flat’ Content. Make Once, Use Anywhere,” there are increasing Publishing Opportunities from Online Communities.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week, there was a look at How e-reading changes reading habits, but  it was heartening to hear that Humans are hardwired to read books. From a publishers point of view, let’s hope they are also hardwired to pay for them: here’s one man not Not Worried by Ebook Piracy.

The Hyperion CEO considers Book Publishing’s Broken Business Model, and are Publishing and social media a match made in heaven?

Meanwhile, with Apple poised to bring important changes to its iBook platform, Barnes & Noble Mulls Splitting Nook Business, Sells “Dead Tree” Publishing Company. Interesting moves are afoot.

Elsewhere, here’s what What James Franco’s “127 Hours” Has in Common with Publishing.

And finally, have you ever considered Borrowing from REM’s Songbook When Publishers, Authors and Agents Can’t Agree on a Book Title?

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Phew, a busy week of conferences this one, and lots of writing about ‘em.

First up was our own Publishing Now event, Part One and Part Two. Then on Monday, we discovered at the Bookseller’s Futurebook that The future for publishers is content creation, with a dash of Martini. Finally on Thursday there was A day of innovation on the future of the book.

But what else happened? Well it seems Reading is alive and increasingly electronic as Interactive ebooks take on fiction novels, and It’s A Book. It’s An App. It’s Do or Die And It’s Innovative.

Elsewhere, a Web-connected printer creates personalized mini newspapers. Does it have any potential for bookish things? And here’s What publishers can learn from Netflix’s problems.

We’re also Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It, in tune with this week’s freakish weather.

Meanwhile, Publishers Gild Books With ‘Special Effects’ to Compete With E-Books, while many are Book Shopping in Stores, Then Buying Online. No surprise there unfortunately.

And finally, here’s Ten Free Classic Kindle Books Worth Reading. Enjoy.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week’s BookWrap is all about Publishing Now. Ticket sales end today, so if you ain’t signed up yet, better get in quick. It’s basically Terminator 2, apparently.

We’ve got some great speakers lined up to talk about the theme of innovation, and many of them have written on this here site:

Dean Johnson of Brandwidth wrote about Apps for Digital Publishing: There are only 5 rules Part 1 and Part 2. Meanwhile Eamonn Carey wrote a 5 part series about Digital Promo Tools.

We asked Bobby Nayyar of Limehouse Books 7 Questions, and Alastair Horne of Cambridge University Press 8 questions.

And finally, to get you thinking innovatively, here’s 5 non-digital book-based innovations.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

As Adobe kills mobile Flash, giving Steve Jobs the last laugh, publishers are scrambling for an HTML based solution to complex layout titles.  Also in the digital business, it’s been yet another interesting week for Kobo: Publishing, Self-Publishing And Getting Bought.

Tim O’Reilly has some Thoughts on ebooks triggered by the appointment of Andrew Savikas as CEO of Safari Books Online, while Future Book has An examination of digital publishing roles. It’s always worth checking out an Exclusive interview with Smashwords founder Mark Coker, and apparently there’s an Interactive Digital Book Cover that Changes at Your Touch.

Elsewhere, you can find out All About Literary Agents and peruse some Great book jackets: Tips from 4 design pros, while learning How to make a book trailer for $50,000.

The book is great technology, but it’s not good for everything. Stanza is another great technology, and the good news is it gets one last iOS 5 update.

And finally, try getting on board with this crowd sourced audiobooks project, and watch out tonight for Five Short Lectures on Knowledge vs. Practice in Publishing Today.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

BookWrap is late this week, we blame this. Watch out for pictures from the event coming soon from this man.

It’ll be worth tuning in as social media master Jon Reed of Publishing Talk has his Masterclass blogged and tweeted LIVE this Monday. And on a similar topic, Are Social Media Sites the New Slush Pile?

Seth Godin argues that with the rise of Shovelware–it’s time to rate publishers. And on the self-publishing theme, here’s How This 23-Year-Old Used Tumblr To Land A Book Deal, but there’s one thing worth considering about The Publishing Biz: Will it Break You?

Elsewhere, as Amazon’s new Kindle lending program causes publishing stir, Gizmodo figures that Amazon Is Letting Publishers Ruin The Kindle. A bit of digging from the New York Observer, and Gizmodo Discovers Amazon Is Not Letting Publishing ‘Ruin the Kindle’. Confusing.

ReadWriteWeb has Instapaper’s Marco Arment On How The iPad Is Changing Reading, while the New York Times is Considering the Future of Reading: Lessons, Links and Thought Experiments.

Finally, it’s worth contemplating The Digital Dilemma for Picture Book Publishers, and don’t miss Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto.

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week We’re in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don’t panic).

Books are like the news — it’s better when they are social, and UK publishers seem to agree as they Ink Retail Deal with Social Reading Site.

Following the release of his Biography, we now know What Steve Jobs Thought About Digital Books, and How Apple won the ebook pricing war by strong-arming Amazon.

It would seem that E-Book Publishers Must Provide Flexible Access to Avoid ‘Media Hell’, wise words for Kobo as they look to become a publisher.

There’s much reading for writers on this week’s web, starting with 7 Dirty Little Book Publishing Secrets that Every Writer Needs to Know.

Are Fiction Writers Screwed? Are Cheap E-book Prices Devaluing Authors’ Work? Hmm, depressing.

But, hang on, here’s How a Novelist Bypassed His Publisher and Raised $11,000 on Kickstarter. And could serialization be making A Timely Return for the Digital Age?

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Where Will Digitization Take Us? We Don’t Know for Sure, But We’re Heading There Fast. It’s certainly been a huge week for Kobo as the surprise new Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag and their new deals propel them into the top tier of global ebook competitors. This despite claims that Tablet Publishing is Failing.

In other news, Future  Publishing racks up more than 2m Apple Newsstand downloads in 4 days, it’s the e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011, and Really, New York Times??

Here’s What to Do if Your Ereader Is Lost or Stolen, and if you find it again you can try Reading a Book Versus a Screen: Different Reading Devices, Different Modes of Reading?
And finally, just in case you haven’t heard, Julian Barnes triumphs at last.


BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week has seen plenty publishing happenings at the Frankfurt Book Fair, as Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, there’s Epstein on the future of the publishing industry, and Mrs Book, can I introduce you to Mr Games?  You can read lots more from some familiar faces over at the blog.

Back in the UK, interesting moves are afoot as WH Smith launches ‘Kindle killer’, this of course being a deal with social reading leaders Kobo.

Amazon meanwhile have this to say to book publishers: “Welcome to the jungle, baby“. This as their new science fiction imprint launches — with Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear and Chris Roberson.

Dear Publishers: Please don’t pull a “Netflix” says Book Riot, and elsewhere there’s New Statistics and A Turning Point for the Publishing Industry to read all about.

And finally, there’s this fine Conversation Starter.