Indie Press Spotlight: Red Hen Press

Column by Brian McGackin
Meet your new favorite Indie Press.
Amazon Buys Comixology

Amazon Buys Comixology, Expands Literature Empire (Again)

News by Sean May April 11, 2014
The media giant has announced that they are purchasing digital comics platform Comixology, in a deal that will expand Amazon's already pervasive reach in the literary world.
Amazon Plans On Shipping You Books Before You Even Order Them

Amazon Plans On Shipping You Books Before You Even Order Them

News by Sean May January 21, 2014
The shopping giant has filed a patent for "anticipatory shipping", with plans to box or even ship items before an order is placed.
Barnes & Noble's Holiday Sales Numbers Were Bad.

Barnes & Noble's Holiday Sales Numbers Were Bad. Very Bad.

News by Rob Hart January 10, 2014
Barnes & Noble saw big drops in holiday spending across the board, and closed a big flagship Manhattan location. Will appointing a new CEO breathe some life into the struggling bookseller?
In Soviet Russia: eReader Data Can Change How We Write

In Soviet Russia: eReader Data Can Change How We Write

News by Nathan Scalia
eBooks are reading the readers by collecting data over reading habits. How is this changing the writing landscape?

Exploring the Digital Wilds: Expanding Our Approach to Novels

Column by Robbie Blair December 27, 2013
The new frontiers of the digital world are changing the way we think about stories. This article dives into some of the new storytelling formats of the internet era.

Freelancing: The Art of Saying Yes

Column by Leah Rhyne December 26, 2013
A freelance career is all about saying "yes." How taking some chances can have unexpected payoffs.

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 Robbie Blair 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.