The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the US

The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the US
The Atlantic
The latest authoritative survey came from Pew Research, reporting that 21 percent of American adults say they have read an eBook in the past year, with the average number of books at 24, compared to 15 for those who said they purchased only printed ...

Author faces civil suit over 'Three Cups of Tea'
The Associated Press
The lawsuit — filed by two California residents, a Montana man and an Illinois woman who bought the books — list more than two dozen alleged fabrications and accusations of wrongdoing by Mortenson, publisher Penguin Group, co-authorDavid Oliver ...

The Associated Press

Of e-book pricing, Justice Dept. charges, DRM, and Pottermore
I want to approach this from the consumer angle: what feels wrong with e-book pricing and how the recently launched Pottermore service offers some hope. I easily own more than 2000 books, perhaps even more. On the bookcase next to my desk are 500 of my ...

'Three Cups of Tea' lawsuit claiming author fraud heads to court in Montana
Washington Post
After making a $1 million deal to settle allegations that he misused his charity's money and resources, author Greg Mortenson now must face accusations that he fabricated parts of his best-selling books “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools.

Steve Harvey brings best-selling book to the big screen
Kansas City Star
By ROGER MOORE Syndicated TV game show host ("Family Feud"), syndicated radio host, one of the original "Kings of Comedy" and co-author of the best selling non-fiction book of 2009 (according to Nielsen), "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men ...

Competition Needs Protection
New York Times
To believe publishers and authors, the government just handed Amazon a monopoly over thebook market: The price-fixing suit against Apple and the nation's top publishers filed by the Justice Department last week will free Amazon to offer ruinous ...

Book lovers react bitterly to no fiction Pulitzer
Monday's lack of a decision by the Pulitzer board could also hurt an industry accused of fixing prices for e-books, critics said. It was the first time since 1977 that no fiction winner was chosen for the prestigious awards that usually spells ...

Book World: Tracy K. Smith's 2012 Pulitzer-winning poems are worth a read
Washington Post
Readers of Tracy K. Smith's third book of poetry, Life on Mars (Graywolf, $15), which won the Pulitzer Prize this week, had better be prepared to face some stark metaphysical questions. Is our universe “a house party,” as the title of one poem suggests ...

EL James is a 'Time' influential person, James Bond e-books
Today, author Ann Patchett shares her perspective in The New York Times: "Most readers hearing the news will not assume it was a deadlock. They'll just figure it was a bum year for fiction… It's fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one.


Did The Publisher's Own Insistence On DRM Inevitably Lead To The Antitrust ...
We've discussed in the past how it was the book publishers' own stupidity that put them in a position of demanding DRM from Amazon when Amazon wanted to launch the Kindle. The end result, of course, went exactly against the publishers' best interests, ...

Author Darin Strauss recalls a deadly tragedy
Washington Post (blog)
By Ron Charles Author Darin Strauss at a fundraiser for 826DC. (Ron Charles/The Washington Post) At a party Tuesday night in Washington, the writer Darin Strauss admitted that he had killed a girl. “I thought I would never talk about it,” the Brooklyn ...

And the Pulitzer winner for fiction is ... what??
Philadelphia Inquirer
They might forget your name, but your book will live on." - Jane Smiley You'd think that literature itself had died, the way the literati reacted to Monday's news that the Pulitzer Prize board had withheld its award for fiction for the first time in 35 ...

And the Winner Isn't ...
New York Times
As a novelist and the author of an eligible book, I do not love this. It's fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one. Still, it is infinitely more galling to me as a reader, because there were so many good books published this year.

Why Amazon may have killed the golden goose
CBS News
How Apple's battle over e-books helps consumers Apple denies illegally fixing e-book prices At first glance, the DOJ suit already seems to have taken the wind out of some sails. Three publishers reportedly already have agreed to settle the case: Simon ...

CBS News

Author Edward Humes enjoys digging through rubbish
Kansas City Star
A former journalist awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for a series of stories he wrote for the Orange County Register on the military establishment in Southern California, Humes has written 11 nonfiction books on subjects including how the GI Bill ...

A Match Made in Literary Heaven: Descendants of Dickens and Tolkien to Collaborate
New York Times (blog)
The publisher Thames River Press said it would release two fantasy novels written by Michael Tolkien, aimed at younger readers and based on stories told to him by his grandfather, the “Lord of the Rings” author JRR Tolkien.

World Books, And the Books From Right Here
As World Book Night nears and two bookstores are slated to open soon, we thought we'd showcase some of our own local lit stars. By Krista Madsen Local folks at the Warner Library, picking up the books they'll be giving away on World Book Night.

London Book Fair 2012: Amazon Woos Authors On Busy SHow Floor
Publishers Weekly
At the Author Lounge in Earls Court 2, roughly half of the programs focused on self-publishing, with titles like: Why Self-Publishing Is Not Only the Future but the Present; Serious Self-Publishing from Manuscript to Market; and E-Books for the ...

Invitation to a Dialogue: The Fight Over E-Books
New York Times
To the Editor: Re “US Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing” (Business Day, April 12): The Justice Department's price-fixing suit against five major publishers and Apple — effectively allowing Amazon to decide how much books will cost ...

Author recounts Chicago's 1919 disastrous summer of 'Scoundrels'
Kansas City Star
On their own, each of these events would have made good books and, in fact, some have. Krist's attempt to weave them together and present them as a crucible of modern Chicago is a bit tortured. Early in the book, Krist writes that the events of that ...

Amazon, other e-book controversies
The Seattle Times
Recent lengthy Times' articles about Amazon and e-book controversies barely mention authorswho have benefited from publication of their work. [“Amazon behind e-book lawsuit,” page one, April 16.] Regular publishing firms have almost eliminated new ...

QA: Vanessa Williams writes of sexual abuse, teenage abortion in new book
Fox News
In the new book "You Have No Idea," Vanessa Williams and her no-nonsense mother Helen Williams give an often hilarious and moving mother-daughter take on Vanessa's many professional achievements, as well as her sometimes rocky personal life.

Fifty Shades of Grey Author: "This Is My Midlife Crisis!"
E! Online
But there's one person who doesn't seem as excited to break down the dirty littlebook…the author of Fifty Shade of Grey, EL James! In fact, when EL sat down with Michelle Kosinski on The Today Show this morning, she said dishing on her horny...

E! Online

Tell Twitter or Facebook Why You Love Books, Get an All-Star MP3 ...
By Zoe Fox
Reading Is Fundemental is calling all story lovers to declare themselves "book people" by taking an online pledge. ... SEE ALSO: Ereader Wars: Which Tablet Earned the Most Online Buzz? The campaign is not a jab at ereaders or ebooks.
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Amazon will publish the James Bond books in the U.S. — paidContent
By Laura Hazard Owen
When the Ian Fleming estate gave up the digital rights to the James Bond backlist last month, Random House UK's Vintage grabbed the English-language print and e-book rights everywhere outside the U.S. and Canada. Well, guess who's getting those ... Amazon. Amazon announced today that it's acquired a ten-year license for the North American rights to the print and digital James Bond backlist, as well as James Bond author Ian Fleming's two nonfiction titles. All of thebooks will ...

How To Check Out Library Books on Your Kindle for Free - How-To ...
By Jason Fitzpatrick
... for Kindle devices. Read on to see how you can enjoy the benefits of free library books on your Kindle. ... Just like you can check out physical books from your local library, at over 11000 public libraries you can also check out ebooks for use on your Kindle. It's simple, free, and ... Most of the time you won't need USB unless you don't have access to a Wi-Fi node or you're checking out a book where the publisher restricts Wi-Fi transfer (silly, we know, but it happens). At this point you ...
How-To Geek

Against Great Books » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog
By Matthew Cantirino
Professor Patrick Deneen has posted the text of one of his recent lectures to his blog, What I Saw in America. In his remarks, delivered to the University of Texas at Austin (originally under the title “Against Great Books,” later softened to “Why ...
First Thoughts

Fifty Shades of Grey Author E.L. James: Book "Is My Midlife Crisis ...
By Us Magazine Team
The unassuming author says the steamy novel is "very very different" than real-life relationships.... PHOTOS: Celebrity authors. Though the book--which details a dominant-submissive relationship between a college student and a mysterious billionaire--sold more than 2 million copies this month alone, James says she doesn't really understand what all the fuss is ... Some critics have denounced the book as anti-feminist, an endorsement of a potentially problematic power dynamic.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author Confesses, 'I'm Not a Great Writer ...
By Andy Lewis
In an interview on the Today show, E.L. James, the British author behind the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy, admitted: "I'm [as] stunned by its popularity" as anybody.
Hollywood Reporter

How to Find Foreign Language Books in the Nook Store | TeleRead ...
By Piotr Kowalczyk
In this post I'll give tips on how to discover foreign language books in Barnes & Noble's Nook Store. Before going into details, however, ... TeleRead - News and views on ebooks, libraries, publishing and related topics. HOME| · AROUND THE ...
TeleRead: News and views on e-books,...

Amazon is full of knock-off books | Seattle's Big Blog -
By Amy Rolph
All of the apparent copycat books that Fortune found on Amazon were made through CreateSpace, which is a division of Amazon. Authors can use CreateSpace's system to design and self-publish their own books. The books then go on sale ...
Seattle's Big Blog

Author Chris Mooney explains conflict between science and 'the ...
By Eric W. Dolan
Journalist and author Chris Mooney explained his new book Tuesday on MSNBC, which examines the psychological reasons behind the clash between conservatives and modern science. America is extraordinarily divided today over reality ...
The Raw Story

AppNewser - App News and Reviews. What to Use? How to Build?
When we launched eBookNewser, eBooks made up a bare fraction of the publishing industry ...

Cut in E-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals - NYTimes ...
Media Decoder: U.S. Sues Apple and Publishers Over Pricing of E-Books (April ... Amazon, which already controls about 60 percent of the e-book market, can take a ... but took off only when Amazon introduced the first Kindle e-reader in 2007. ... He wrote to his authors and employees that he made the decision to change ...

The Unshelved Book Club
Book recommendations from the creators of Unshelved® and their friends. Learn who we are, how we pick books, and which books we've featured.

What Amazon's ebook strategy means - Charlie's Diary
Being the blog of Charles Stross, author, and occasional guests . ... Firstly, it's not an accident that Bezos' start-up targeted the book trade. ... But books are bulky— a metre wide galley withbooks stacked spine-out can hold maybe ..... who self- publish to be a bunch of kooks who couldn't get a real publisher to touch them.

Author faces civil suit over 'Three Cups of Tea' - Yahoo! News
The 2006 book was conceived as a way to raise money and tell the story of his ... He has the right to publish anything he wants about himself," Giampietro said. ... the events in the books are true, though the publisher says that nobody can rely ... only to discourage certain authors from writing about topics and it would stifle ...

British Library buys Europe's oldest book for $14.2m
The St Cuthbert gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, will remain in Britain after a record-breaking fundraising campaign by the British Library, it said Tuesday.

The Talon: Q&A with author: Alexandra Bracken
I read him almost exclusively when I was in elementary school, and I can actually say that he, more than any other author, inspired me to write for children and teens. 5. Were there any challenges in getting your book published or the writing process ...

Author Brings Vampires to Maple Grove
The local author DC Johnson writes the series, "Memoirs Of A Vampire Countess" and is a co-author a new children's book. By Wendy Erlien Maple Grove author DC Johnson. Submitted by DC Johnson Maple Grove resident DC Johnson shares insight into her new ...

Cool Well Press releases Wizard by author Paula Paul
PR Web (press release)
The book has been released simultaneously in traditional paperback and e-book formats and is available at the publisher's website at http://www.coolwellpress.comas well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Magic is nothing more than unmasking the ...

PR Web (press release)

Westport Author Talks About New Fame
Westport Now
By Dave Matlow Westporter Charlotte Rogan, author of “The Lifeboat,” which ranked No. 35 on The New York Times best seller list within two weeks of its publication, told the Westport Rotary Club today how her life has changed since the publication of ...

Podcast Part 3: Pournelle On Ebooks
From the Boskone 49 science fiction convention BYTE's Daniel Dern interviewed famed science fiction author and BYTE veteran Jerry Pournelle. In this segment, Jerry discusses the two secrets to writing success in the electronic age: a good editor and ...

Larry Kirshbaum shares many more details on how Amazon Publishing will work
Kirshbaum's office “triages what books we really want to go after, we look in our databases to see how either the author has been published before, or how the earlier books have done in the Amazon store. We also get Nielsen data.

Jonathan Safran Foer Has a New Book; 007 Now Works for Amazon
The Atlantic Wire
According to Penguin, the new work by the Everything Is Illuminated author is "a fictionalised account of when an explosion in a summer camp science class left Safran Foer's best friend without skin on his face or hands, leaving the authorunscathed by ...

The Atlantic Wire

Self-publishing success
The Sun Daily
SELF-PUBLISHING seems the way to go for writers these days. While most self-published works are rather dismal, there have been a few gems and these include the works of American author Amanda Hocking. This 28-year-old writer of young adult fiction used ...

The Sun Daily

Free & Cheap in New York: Wed., April 18
New York Daily News
Moderated by Tony winner Hal Luftig (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”), the evening will feature new musical-theater writing teams, like Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (“Burnt Part Boys”). 8 pm $12. 200 Hudson St. (212) 601-1000. Elena Romero, anauthor, ...

New York Daily News

Stephen's travel log is a sales hit
St Helens Today
Author Stephen McGinity, from Lingholme Road, Denton's Green, with his award-winning book 'Excuse me, are you British?' A ST HELENS author's book detailing his travels across America is proving to be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

St Helens Today

With lower costs, independent eBook publishers hold the advantage
Online Journalism Review
As an online journalist, I have the ability to write my own book, to edit it, and to code up the HTML for the eBook design. As a website publisher, I have built an online community of tens of thousands of frequent readers to whom I can market my books, ...

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