The Slow Death of Authors

The new, global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams--

The Slow Death of the American Author - "Last October, I visited Moscow and met with a group of authors who described the sad fate of writing as a livelihood in Russia. There is only a handful of publishers left, while e-publishing is savaged by instantaneous piracy that goes almost completely unpoliced. As a result, in the country of Tolstoy and Chekhov, few Russians, let alone Westerners, can name a contemporary Russian author whose work regularly affects the national conversation.The Constitution’s framers had it right. Soviet-style repression is not necessary to diminish authors’ output and influence. Just devalue their copyrights."

The Future of NYT Book Review
Daily Beast
The announcement this week that Pamela Paul has been named the new editor of The New York Times Book Review, succeeding Sam Tanenhaus, means possible change for America's most storied newspaper review at a time when other venues are ...

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Obama advisor David Axelrod to publish Washington memoir
Los Angeles Times
Other Obama administration officials with books on the way include former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Axelrod's book is scheduled for a fall 2014 release. "Over the past 30 years as a journalist ...

Book review: Raise a glass to 'The Drunken Botanist' for dissecting our drinks
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"The history of drinking is riddled with legends, distortions, half-truths and outright lies," Amy Stewart cautions in her introduction to her new book, "The Drunken Botanist." Ms. Stewart builds credibility by sorting through these legends and half ...

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