#publishing

books:

readpenguin:

Hello, world! Welcome to the Penguin Tumblr. Very pleased to meet you. 
This is your spot for vintage Penguin images, interviews with authors, notes from our editors, tours of the Penguin headquarters, jacket art designs and other miscellaneous book-talkery. 
You can count on bad puns, beautiful books, classic literature, and plenty more. 
Thank you for joining us here for our debutante ball. Feeling like this right now. 

Big news, y’all!

Ooooh hi Penguin! Let’s be friends!
books:

readpenguin:

Hello, world! Welcome to the Penguin Tumblr. Very pleased to meet you. 
This is your spot for vintage Penguin images, interviews with authors, notes from our editors, tours of the Penguin headquarters, jacket art designs and other miscellaneous book-talkery. 
You can count on bad puns, beautiful books, classic literature, and plenty more. 
Thank you for joining us here for our debutante ball. Feeling like this right now. 

Big news, y’all!

Ooooh hi Penguin! Let’s be friends!

books:

readpenguin:

Hello, world! Welcome to the Penguin Tumblr. Very pleased to meet you. 

This is your spot for vintage Penguin images, interviews with authors, notes from our editors, tours of the Penguin headquarters, jacket art designs and other miscellaneous book-talkery.

You can count on bad puns, beautiful books, classic literature, and plenty more. 

Thank you for joining us here for our debutante ball. Feeling like this right now. 

Big news, y’all!

Ooooh hi Penguin! Let’s be friends!

Did anyone else receive this email last night?

It’s so legal jargon-y but I feel like it’s important!

Dear Kindle Customer,

We previously emailed you about Settlements between several eBook publishers, State Attorneys General and private plaintiffs. On March 25, 2014, Amazon made credits from the proceeds of those publishers’ Settlements available to eligible customers. You can learn more about those publishers’ Settlements by clicking here.

The Attorneys General and private plaintiffs have now settled similar claims against Apple Inc. The court where those claims are pending has directed us to send the following legal notice to you to advise you of your rights in the Apple Settlement. If you have any questions about this notice, or your legal rights, please visit the E-book Lawsuits website or call the phone number listed at the end of this notice. Amazon’s customer service will not be able to answer questions about your legal rights in the Apple Settlement.

Thanks for being a Kindle customer.

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nprbooks:

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Today in Book News: Hachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 
Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.
I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!
nprbooks:

Image via Getty
Today in Book News: Hachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 
Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.
I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!

nprbooks:

Image via Getty

Today in Book NewsHachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 

Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.

Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.

I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!

As a person who knows a lot of writers and editors, I would venture that brain drain is a real threat. If books do decline and become more generic because Amazon is hoarding the revenue, the readers will be slow to notice. How do you notice a great book that never gets written?
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Evan Hughes, Bringing Down the Hachette

This is a really interesting consideration of how the Amazon v. Hachette battle affects authors. 

If you’re a writer (or want to be), read this book!

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I’ve harped on this before, but Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird has to be my favorite book on writing (and life, as the title notes).

It was recommended to me by a creative writing professor I had in college and it just makes you feel better about being a writer, and how hard it is. Plus it’s full of a zillion awesome tips for being a writerfrom the writer’s lifestyle, to the mental/emotional hardships we face, to the actual writing.

Check it!

In a sense, Michael Pietsch is like ‘Horatius at the Bridge,’ ” says the literary agent and former Amazon executive Laurence J. Kirshbaum, referring to the soldier of legend who single-handedly saved ancient Rome by fighting off an invading army. “He is carrying the rest of the industry on his back.
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Jonathan Mahler, Hachette Chief Leads Book Publishers in Amazon Fight, New York Times

The funny thing about this article versus the title is that it sounds like this guy really doesn’t want to be the Publishers vs. Amazon mascot. But I guess that’s the nature of the beast.

I’ll keep posting articles about this Hachette v. Amazon thing, it’s really interesting and so relevant to all of us!

Your actions to raise the prices of our books, place banners touting books that ‘are similar but lower in price’ and saying that our books will ship in 3-5 weeks when they are in stock is not only a disgusting negotiation practice, but it has made me tell my readers to shop elsewhere — and they are and will.
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Nina Laden, as quoted in David Streitfield and Melissa Eddy’s NYT Piece Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

Way to be sketchy, Amazon!