Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Amazon launched the Kindle in November 2007, and Barnes & Noble has been trying to play catch-up ever since. It introduced the Nook last October. After a bumpy rollout, it has begun to make inroads with book buyers, and the company says the Nook is now its best-selling product. Still, Barnes & Noble is running far behind Amazon, which claims a 70 to 80 percent market share. Earlier this summer, Amazon announced that it now sells more e-books than physical books.
“We’re morphing into a retail and technology company. We’re purveyors of content, and I don’t think anybody at this company would say we sell physical books. We do sell that, but that’s not how we define ourselves.”
Friday, August 20, 2010
The results leave him wondering about the ability of small publishing operations, he said. While the hope was to save money by not printing books, he said that there "are base costs that are irreducible" for a publisher "and printing is only one of them."
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here are the top 15 Underrated Writers According to PWxyz (in alphabetical order)
- Donald Antrim
- Jo Ann Beard
- Anthony Doerr
- Deborah Eisenberg
- Stephen Elliott
- Steve Erickson
- Brian Evenson
- Percival Everett
- Mary Gaitskill
- Tessa Hadley
- Kelly Link
- Sam Lipsyte
- Lydia Millet
- Christine Schutt
- Matthew Sharpe
Seriously, though, this isn't for work unless you are like Brian and work all alone in a basement space next to the boiler room in a large, impersonal, nondescript university office building then it's probably ok. I'm not judging...
Oh, since it is Ray's 90th birthday on 8/22/10 you might as well read this.
"Something wicked this way comes..."
Sunday, August 08, 2010
There are nearly 123,000 libraries nationwide, and librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.
Up to ten winners will be selected this year and receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.
The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.
It is important to note that in order to nominate a librarian from a public library, school library, college, community college, or university librarian you must *MUST* use their automatic form on the web page above. Think of all the times a librarian has helped you with a paper for class or found you a book you really love or were just there to lend you a pencil...they are the coolest. They deserve recognition and this is a delightful way to honor a group of professionals who, in my opinion, are the heart and soul of the library system not just here in the United States but in every library in the world.
Nominations will be open from August 2 to September 20.
Do it. Now!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Justin Bieber book jackets
Publishing is a business plagued with manyafflictions—except a lack of media attention.Reports that the Wylie Agency—among others—is launching an online imprint, that Amazon's e-book sales outpaced hardcover* sales, and that its digital sales will surpass paperback ones in the next nine to 12 months underscore a new reality: the age of the publisher-turned-digital-curator.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Trade book publishing has always depended on the generosity of patrons and the undercompensated devotion of employees and owners. It has never rewarded investors looking for normal returns, which is why the entertainment conglomerates - CBS, ABC, RCA, MCA-Universal - that acquired such distinguished houses as Henry Holt, G. P. Putnam, and Random House, including Alfred A. Knopf, in the 1970s and 1980s, deluded by the false promise of synergy, eventually found them a burden on their balance sheets and disgorged them. The million-copy sales of a few name-brand best-selling authors led these conglomerates to believe incorrectly that general book publishing is a mass-market business, like selling soap or razor blades or movies. Between 1986 and 1996 the share of all books sold represented by the thirty top best-sellers nearly doubled as retail concentration increased. But within roughly the same period, sixty-three of the one hundred best-selling titles were written by a mere six writers, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, and Danielle Steel - a much greater concentration than int he past and a mixed blessing to publishers, who sacrifice much of their normal profit, and often incur losses, to keep powerful authors like these.
Monday, August 02, 2010
A PR blast:
HarperCollins Acquires Justin Bieber's Official Illustrated Memoir
NEW YORK and LONDON, Aug. 2 HarperCollins announced today the acquisition of the official illustrated memoir from multi-platinum selling superstar Justin Bieber. JUSTIN BIEBER: FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER: MY STORY will reveal Justin's amazing journey to superstardom. This beautifully designed hardcover book contains exclusive, never-before-seen photos -- a must-have for fans afflicted with Bieber-fever. The book will be published this October in both the United States ($21.99) and in the UK (16.99 pounds Sterling). "Every day I wake up and count my blessings. My fans have played such a large part in all of this and they help me live my dreams every day. I'm excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them through this book," says Justin Bieber. "Between the behind-the-scenes pictures and the story I think this is going to be something they can all enjoy. This is just another way for me to say thank you to my fans." Born in Stratford, Ontario, Justin Bieber is a multi-talented pop/soul singer and self-taught musician on drums, guitar, piano, and trumpet. As an amateur he posted renditions of his favorite hip-hop and R&B songs on YouTube.com, to the tune of 50 million views. Now, Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most-watched music video in YouTube history with more than 250 million views. Justin Bieber is the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40 prior to the album's release. He is also the youngest male solo artist in the history of the Billboard 200 to chart a #1 album since 13-year-old Stevie Wonder did so in the summer of 1963. These accolades have resulted in total record sales to date exceeding 5 million. In 2007, his manager Scooter Braun introduced Justin to the music industry in Atlanta. Scooter Braun formed the RBMG joint-venture label with Usher and signed the 13-year-old Bieber to his first professional deal. RBMG in turn signed a deal with Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. Now, Braun and Creative Artists Agency have sold the rights to JUSTIN BIEBER: FIRST STEP 2 FOREVER: MY STORY to Anna Valentine, Harper Non-Fiction Senior Commissioning Editor (UK), and Emily Brenner, Vice President and Publisher of HarperFestival (US). "Justin's adoring and devoted fan base that started on YouTube now follows him to packed concert halls around the world," says Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books. "He is a force in the music industry and we are incredibly excited to be publishing this photographic memoir of his amazing journey." Valentine added, "This is a real coup for us and we are very excited about adding Justin to our autumn program. Justin is the hottest star of the moment and this book will be the perfect gift for his millions of fans worldwide."
(PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins, Pamela Littky)
Um, ok, where to begin. "A real coup?" I don't think that means what you think it does, Ms. Valentine. First, and most importantly he is 16. Who gives a shit what has happened in his 16 years? Second, who remembers Hanson? (M-m-m-bop) I know someone who doesn't: Justin Bieber. Can we just see how his "career" plays out before we start comparing him to Stevie Wonder? Third, instead of seeing this-Justin Bieber is the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40 prior to the album's release-as something impressive is it possible that maybe, just maybe this is one of the saddest commentaries on the state of the recording industry ever written? I think it is an indictment of the way in which iTunes is ravaging the idea of the album but that is a story for another day. Really, it is just so sad. So, what would this "coup" look like in book form? Glad you asked! I happened to find a table of contents on the internets.
Chapter one: Burb. Milk time! I shit myself and mommy changed my diaper. (I'm a late starter.)
Chapter two: Drooled on myself and began my slow change toward being a tyrant. Time for rubber pants!
Chapter three: What is three?
Chapter four: Look who's talking!!!
Chapter five: The big J goes to kindergarten. Or gets a tutor...whatever...who needs to know what or where Germany is?
Chapter six: I feel funny "down there."
Chapter seven: The golden throated one starts to work the pipes.
Chapter eight: How do you like my hair? I told my mom not to cut it, jerk.
Chapter nine: Hey-oh, junior high school.
Chapter ten: Do I sound like Stevie Wonder (a.k.a. the other thirteen year old singer to hit the charts)?
Chapter eleven: Puberty!
Chapter twelve: Wow! This teen idol thing is hard...how's my hair?
Chapter thirteen: Zits!
Chapter fourteen: What is this "Germany" you keep asking me about?
Chapter fifteen: Hey, why is Tom Brady biting my style? Where is my motherf****n' black fur and leather jacket?
Chapter sixteen: C'mon ladies, I'm almost eighteen!
Ugh...just when I though publishing couldn't get any shallower the business manages to drain a little more water out of the tub. Listen, I am not saying that Justin Bieber is a bad guy-how the hell would I know-but I think we can all agree that right now there isn't anything in his life that anyone needs to know about. This book, the worst idea in the long, sad, sorry history of bad ideas is just plain stupid. It shows that the book business loves to stick Harper Lee in your face and claim that we are safeguarding the culture but really it is just a way block your eyesight while they reach around and try and grab your wallet.
Where is that Strychnine I bought for emergencies?