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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.