2014: A Retrospective of the Year in Books

Column by Cath Murphy December 23, 2013
Tired of 2013? Step into my time machine, fast forward a year and find out what happened on the literary scene in 2014.
Lawsuit by Indie Booksellers Against Amazon Dismissed

Lawsuit by Indie Booksellers Against Amazon Dismissed

News by Dean Fetzer
Another day, another lawsuit ends in a result for the online retail giant and the big six publishers — down to the wording of the allegations.

Elan Gale, Viral Narrative, and Why It Matters

Column by John Jarzemsky December 11, 2013
Over Thanksgiving, reality television producer Elan Gale generated the most successful narrative on the web — and it was all a lie. Does it matter?
‘Bookish Tech Startup’ Small Demons to Close if Buyer Not Found

‘Bookish Tech Startup’ Small Demons to Close if Buyer Not Found

News by Dean Fetzer November 7, 2013
The Los Angeles based company, founded by Yahoo! veteran Valla Valkili, will close on the 25th of November if it can’t find an investor.
Philip Hensher

Philip Hensher Refuses To Write For Free, Debate Ensues

News by Christopher Shultz October 15, 2013
The author turned down an unpaid essay gig and received ridicule, prompting a Facebook bite-back and a flood of support.
Oyster App

Oyster: The Netflix For eBooks?

News by Christopher Shultz September 9, 2013
For about ten bucks a month, you can access over 100,000 books via your iPhone. Sounds a lot like Netflix to me, but will it catch on?

How NOT to Get an Agent (And What to Do After You Get One)

Column by Ed Sikov August 21, 2013
A handy guide to getting and keeping an agent.
American Booksellers to Fight Amazon Through Negative Publicity

American Booksellers Association CEO Urges Members to Attack Amazon With Negative Publicity

News by Dean Fetzer
Owen Teicher’s calls on ABA members to put the spotlight on Amazon’s problematic business practices.

8 Predictions On the Future of Digital Publishing

Column by Rob Blair Young July 17, 2013
Some of my own predictions on what digital publishing will look like over the next couple of decades.
Amazon Patents ‘DVD Extras’ for eBooks

New Amazon Patent Seeks to Add “DVD Extras” to eBooks

News by Dean Fetzer July 5, 2013
In another new application, the retail giant has been awarded a patent aimed at enhancing your reading experience with “personalized content”.
Google Books

Court Rules Against Class-Action Certification in Google Books Case

News by Nathan Scalia July 5, 2013
Google Books wins a victory in the courts as it sets out to digitize every book in existence.
B&N Surrenders in Tablet Wars

RIP Nook Tablets: Barnes & Noble “Surrenders”

News by Dean Fetzer June 27, 2013
The largest retail brick-and-mortar bookseller in the U.S. announces it’s getting out the tablet business, but will carry on selling eReaders.
Indie Book Stores to Sell Kindles?

Amazon Reportedly Soliciting Indie Booksellers to Sell Kindles In-Store

News by Christopher Shultz June 6, 2013
Seemingly oblivious to their widespread dislike, the online retail giant hopes to form a beneficial partnership with the little guys.
Korean Rights to Murakami’s Latest A Record-setting $1.5 Million

New Haruki Murakami Novel Sets Record for Advance in Korea - $1.5 Million!

News by Dean Fetzer June 3, 2013
After a fierce battle, Minumsa, a Korean publisher, has won the rights to his new novel, ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’.

'Good Sex, Great Prayers': A Journey in Publication (Part 5: Editing and Beta Reading)

Column by Brandon Tietz
The first draft of the novel is now complete. So what's next?
Children's publisher turns back on Amazon

Award-winning Children’s Publisher Leaves Amazon

News by Dean Fetzer
Is the worm turning? Barefoot Books has cut ties with the online giant on the grounds it “has turned its books into commodities and undermined its way of doing business”.
Amazon Coins

Amazon Launches Their Own Currency, But You Can't Buy Books With It

News by Christopher Shultz
The online giant wants you to use Coins for apps and games. Will this venture take off?

Ask The Agent: 20 Insights Into a Successful Agent/Client Relationship

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.
Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

News by Dean Fetzer May 3, 2013
In a bid to make their tablets more commercially viable, Barnes & Noble have taken the step of adding access to hundreds of thousands of apps, games, movies, TV shows and more through Google Play.
Out of Print documentary

‘Out of Print’ Explores “Sad Future of Reading and eBooks”

News by Dean Fetzer May 1, 2013
Paper books are still alive and well, but a new documentary called ‘Out of Print’ about the death of eBooks and paper books debuted last week at Tribeca.
James Patterson Calls for Government Bailout of Publishing Industry

James Patterson Calls for Government Bailout of Publishing Industry

News by Dean Fetzer April 25, 2013
In two high-profile ads this week, the bestselling author has called for a government intervention in the decline of the book trade.
Random House-Penguin Merger Approved

EU Comission Approves Random House-Penguin Merger

News by Christopher Shultz
Following the U.S.'s suit, European anti-trust authorties green-lit the mega-deal. What countries will be next?
Goodreads to Join the Amazon Family

Goodreads to Join the Amazon Family

News by Dean Fetzer March 29, 2013
The social networking site for readers has announced it’s joining forces with the bookselling giant.

Penguin Announces Big Changes in Library eBook Availability

News by Christopher Shultz
The publisher loosens industry-standard restrictions, pleasing librarians and, no doubt, the general public.

'Good Sex, Great Prayers': A Journey in Publication (Part 4: Spinning Plates)

Column by Brandon Tietz March 28, 2013
In this installment we'll examine the hardships of not meeting your deadline, how to stay relevant while you write, and promoting when you have nothing to promote.