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.
BiblioCrunch Partners With Wattpad

BiblioCrunch to Offer More Services Via New Partner Wattpad

News by Dean Fetzer March 27, 2013
BiblioCrunch, a 'marketplace' to find vetted book publishing and editorial services has joined up with the publishing community to provide services for premium customers.

Quirky Works in Indie Publishing

Column by Erik Wecks
Self publishing offers an author a means to write their story just the way they want without having to fit within the conventions of the traditional machine.
Random House Signs 17 Year-Old Author

Random House Signs 17 Year-Old Welsh Student

News by Dean Fetzer March 25, 2013
Beth Reekles, a high school student from Newport, Wales has just signed a three book deal for her teen romances.
Simon & Schuster to Share Piracy Data

Simon & Schuster to Share Piracy Data with Authors and Agents

News by Christopher Shultz
Utilizing full disclosure as combat tool, the publisher will now make illegal downloading statistics more transparent.
Amazon Faces Fight Over '.Book' Domain

Amazon Facing Battle for Web Domain Names Like ‘.Book’

News by Dean Fetzer March 12, 2013
The online retailer is facing a fight from competitors and industry groups over its application for new domain names.
Amish Tripathi receives $1m advance

Epic Trilogy Wins Record Advance for Indian Novelist

News by Dean Fetzer
Believed to be the largest advance ever paid by an Indian publisher, Amish Tripathi, banker-turned-bestselling author, has received $1m for his series tapping into renewed interest in Hindu mythology.
Author Solutions under ‘investigation’

Penguin-owned Author Solutions Under Investigation for ‘Deceptive Practices’

News by Dean Fetzer March 5, 2013
A New York law firm is looking into claims that the self-publishing service hasn’t lived up to it’s end of bargains made with authors. Is a lawsuit imminent?
RSI helps achieve bestseller status

For $70,000 You Can Buy a Place on the Bestsellers List

News by Dean Fetzer February 25, 2013
According to Forbes, you can buy your way onto bestseller lists for as little as $70,000 by hiring marketing consultancy ResultSource.
Indie Bookstores Sue Amazon, Big Six Over DRM

Indie Bookstores Sue Amazon, Big Six Over DRM

News by Christopher Shultz February 22, 2013
Amazon is currently the go-to place for eBooks. Three east coast bookshops and a lawyer hope to level out the playing field.
Terry Deary is a jerk

Children's Author Terry Deary Says Libraries are Bleeding Writers and Publishers, Calls For Their End

News by Christopher Shultz February 15, 2013
The 'Horrible Histories' author thinks libraries have "had their day," and they should be laid to rest. Some questionable rhetoric follows.
Victoria Barnsley thinks bookstores need to charge to browse

Bookshops Charging for Browsing? That’s Crazy!

News by Dean Fetzer February 12, 2013
Harper Collins CEO Victoria Barnsley seems to think that in this time of shrinking revenues for brick and mortar shops that the idea of charging to let you browse is "not that insane".
Amazon Granted Resale Marketplace Patent

Amazon Granted Resale Marketplace Patent for Used eBooks, Songs, Other Digital Content

News by Dean Fetzer February 8, 2013
Rather surprisingly, considering the online giant’s current business model revolves around DRM, Amazon seems to be entering the used content arena. A sea change? We’ll see.

Ask The Agent: Lots of Rejections From Editors... Should You Look for A New Agent? and More

Column by Bree Ogden February 4, 2013
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 two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

‘Good Sex, Great Prayers’: A Journey in Publication (Part 3: Art & Stuff)

Column by Brandon Tietz January 31, 2013
In this third installment of the "Good Sex, Great Prayers" series, Brandon Tietz discusses the process of designing the novel and the common pitfalls beginning authors fall into.
100s of Barnes & Noble Stores to Close

100s of Barnes & Noble Stores to Close

News by Dean Fetzer January 28, 2013
In a move confirming recent rumors, Mitchell Klipper, Barnes & Noble’s CEO, told the Wall Street Journal the company will be closing at least 20 stores a year for the next decade.
Borders Sign Goes to Auction

Borders Sign Goes to Auction, Letter by Letter

News by Christopher Shultz January 28, 2013
The now defunct retail chain's logo has a chance to help other struggling booksellers.