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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.

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Inanimate Alice is 9 years old. How’s she doing? [REPORT]

Welcome to the world of Inanimate Alice, a truly digital novel that has taken the educational world by storm. The idea for Alice first came about in 2003 and the team (Ian Harper, Chris Joseph and award winning author Kate Pullinger) published the first episode in 2005. The story is told by Alice through 10 episodes. Each adventure looks back through her childhood & into her early twenties, a bildungsroman.

The plot for the series uses Alice’s increasing interest and competency in game development to exemplify her transition from childhood to early womanhood. The first four episodes have been completed, the fifth is being released this year and the final five are still in development. With a team of creators fostering its relationship with its readers across the world, this is a novel on an epic scale.

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Piracy, Authors and Trust

This week I took some time out from sipping a cup of coffee and hitting ‘send’ on an email, and doing various other publisher-related tasks, and read the Guardian article by Lloyd Shepherd on his recent experience with eBook pirates.

I usually don’t read articles on piracy and try not to write about it because the debate is so vast and terrifying and I’m still sitting on the fence about DRM mostly. But this seemed to be pretty neutral as its written by an author, and I’m always interested in hearing pirates justify their actions in case I find something I hadn’t considered.

Unfortunately, the justifications people on this sharing site were giving were really shitty.

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Edinburgh Book Festival announces conference to commemorate that one time authors were snide to one another

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced that as part of this year’s programme it will host the first event in what is hoped will prove to be a series of conferences around the world. The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-13 will take place over five days during the Scottish capital’s annual celebration of all things literary this coming August. Full details of the programme have yet to be revealed, but organisers hope to attract authors from all over the world to debate the role that writing plays in modern life.

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‘Publishers are important,’ Val McDermid tells room full of publishers

Crime author Val McDermid has affirmed her belief in the importance of publishers to the overall quality of an author’s work. Speaking at a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group and the All Party Parliamentary Publishers Group earlier in the week, McDermid busted out her most crowdpleasing material (well, you would in those circumstances, wouldn’t you?), telling the assemblage that publishers remain a necessity in the age of self-publishing to make sure the finished products are ‘the best they can be.’

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Where Are They Now? Cutting edge digital developments that didn’t make it work.

Things have moved fast in publishing recently, there’s no doubt about that. It’s moved so fast in fact it’s easy to forget all those high-flying ideas we had at the start about things that would take off and just… well… haven’t. Here’s just a couple I’ve been reminded of recently. Like sands through the hourglass, these were the early days of our innovation.

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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.

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Harper Collins launching erotica for women, sniggering men-children

Speaking as one who largely operates outside the realm of publishing, this past week of book news has demonstrated one thing quite clearly: you all need to take a cold shower and calm the muck down (unrelated aside: a search of the rhyming dictionary for an appropriately assonant non-sweary potential pun turned up the phrase ‘icing the puck‘, which, if it isn’t already a euphemism in wide circulation, definitely should be. Tweet me your definitions).

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Erotic novel serves as good fertiliser

If you don’t know about 50 Shades of Grey yet (ie: if you don’t have Twitter) then here’s a brief summary: it’s an erotic novel about a young girl who meets some older guy into BDSM. She works in a hardware shop and one seduces the other (my guess is he seduces her, because girls don’t typically do anything but swoon in romance novels), and I guess there are a lot of double entendres on the word ‘wood’. I hope there are.

That would make it readable. Wait, no. Funny.

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Swede a turn up for the books

The Observer points to the news that Hesperus Press – a tiny London-based publisher run by a staff of just five people – has acquired the UK publication rights to Jonas Jonasson’s comic Swedish novel The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (which sounds like the kind of title that must be translated from a snappier word that just doesn’t have a proper English equivalent, like schadenfreude, but the original Swedish Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann suggests otherwise).

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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.

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