Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (Feb 26 – Mar 5)
Each week, we collect stories about self-publishing and authorship in the digital age. These are some of our favorites. If we’ve missed a good one, leave it in the comments. Or send us a note.
Normally these links are accompanied by short summaries, but this week it’s Spring Break, which means my trusted minions are off enjoying the real world and not writing briefs. Instead, I’ve written general round-ups.
The inevitable market realities of a new format are settling across the book industry. After big adoption rates, ebooks have now become part of the supply chain. That means fewer big spikes in revenues, which can lead to concern over the format’s future.
- Using Metadata to Go Beyond the Ebook
- Ebooks Now and In the Future: Interview with Tracy Atkins
- Want Your eBooks Read to You? Amazon’s Working on an SDK for the Echo
- German Publisher Buys eBookstore, Plans Flat-Rate eBook Service
- Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows
- E-ink Loses Two-Year-Old Patent Lawsuit Over Competing Screen Tech
- Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better
Books on the Web
We’re not just interested in where you can read books, but what you can do with those books when you start thinking about them as digital products.
- Former Borders VP Wants to License Book Content to Websites
- Smithsonian Libraries offer artists’ books collection online
Writing is a very personal process, about which everybody has an opinion. One of the most vitriolic discussions amongst writers is the question of MFA or not to MFA?
- Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One
- AN OPEN LETTER TO THAT EX-MFA CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER DUDE
- Writers Are Born with Talent, and Other Nonsense
- Becomes a Student of Your Own Creative Talent
- Why writing doesn’t have to be a lonely struggle
If you’ve gone at this alone, you know that writing is just the first step.
- Book Trailers and Using Video for Book Marketing
- The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon
- Alternative paths to publishing proliferate but the path for authors most likely to be lucrative is still the oldest one
Print, Books, and Reading
Culturally, we’re intrigued by the ways in which literature and writing are integrated into daily life.
- Have men fallen out of love with books?
- 43 Words Invented by Authors (video)
- Why Authors and Readers Still Want Print
- How novel! Revival of the paper book: Record rise in prices as readers show renewed appetite for printed page
New Media in Magazines
This isn’t exactly book writing, but it’s still in the neighborhood of long form.
- Medium at Large: Ev Williams Talks With Kara Swisher
- Magazine Apps Are About To Get Better, But Will Anyone Use Them?
- Slate launches Panoply, a podcast platform
- Snapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app
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