BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

There’s no question that this week’s top story is Canongate’s explanation of Why we are publishing Julian Assange’s (unauthorised) autobiography. Yes, a juicy tale this one, though the irony of Assange’s manuscript ‘leaking out’ appears lost on him as Assange savages “duplicitous” Canongate.

In other, somewhat less dramatic news, an NY Times Journalist explains Why I’m self publishing my next book, and In France, publishers seek to break Apple’s rigid terms and 30 percent cut.

For all the designers out there, here’s Three Typography Websites You Don’t Want to Miss, and if you’re interested in the future of textbooks, this podcast from O’Reilly explains why they should not be consumed in isolation.

Meanwhile, everyone’s favourite wee company Amazon wants to reinvent the electronic library, while battling The Myth of the 99 Cent Book.

And finally, last weekend saw a successful Publishing Next conference in Goa, great work by Leonard Fernandes and everyone at Cinnamon Teal.