Posted By Sue Collier on April 25, 2011
Here’s some of what’s happening in publishing right now:
From PC & Tech Authority: New tool allows authors to sign eBooks
The days of lugging a tottering pile of hardcovers to a book signing may soon be over, thanks to a new autography tool for eBook readers. The aptly named Autography allows authors to insert an autograph or salutation directly into eBooks—they can even add photos for die-hard fans. The new technology, which is still in development, aims to keep book signings relevant in today’s digital age.
From Tribal Author: The 99 Cent eBook: What’s It Good For?
David Carnoy wrote an interesting article on the 99 cent ebook phenomenon over at CNET. He makes a lot of good points about the recent push to drop the price of ebooks to 99 cents, how easy it’s now become to publish with the help of tools like Powered by Amazon, Pub It and Smashwords.
From Writer Beware Blogs: The Google Books Settlement—It’s Not Too Late to Fix It
Judge Chin’s recent ruling that that the Google Books Settlement was not “fair, adequate and reasonable” was a victory for authors everywhere who depend on copyright, and particularly for those authors and their heirs whose works were inappropriately labeled “orphans.”
From The Denver Post: 10 ways digital books are changing our literary lives
The Hermitage Bookshop in Cherry Creek North, decidedly old-school with its oak furniture and elaborate Persian rug, isn’t where you’d expect to find a fan of e-books, but listen to owner Bob Topp: “E-books have increased the purchase of print books,” he says.
From Vulture: Amazon Gets Into Book Lending
Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a service through which Kindle owners will be able to borrow e-books from public libraries. Also, the books will come with Whispersync technology that lets you annotate them, which is something you used to not be able to do with library books.
From The Creative Penn: How Amazon Recommendation Algorithms Help Sell Your Book
A few weeks ago my friend Joel Friedlander sent me an email (partly shown left) that he had been sent by Amazon which recommended my novel Pentecost next to John Connolly whose supernatural mysteries I really love to read myself. I was absolutely overjoyed by the news! I put it on Twitter and also received the tweet below showing that Pentecost is being shown in the list of books that other people have bought. This is evidence that the Amazon algorithms are kicking in and they are starting to market Pentecost themselves.
From Writer Beware Blogs: Plagiarist Redux
Last October, I blogged about David Boyer, a self-styled author and publisher who was discovered to be committing extensive plagiarism, publishing stories and books both under his own name and his many aliases. Despite being publicly exposed, generating quite a bit of online discussion, and inspiring an anti-plagiarism blog devoted largely to mocking him, Boyer did not, apparently, give up his borrowing ways.