I always enjoy interviews with crusty, irreverent people. Laura Bennett’s interview (linked below) with literary agent and renegade publisher Andrew Wylie is downright entertaining, and it points up some truths about the publishing industry today:
The industry’s intransigence over digital publishing and awarding respectable digital revenues to writers.
Amazon’s co-opting of publishing (along with Apple) while not bothering to use their leverage to get their books into stores.
As much as AMAZON seems a bully in the book market in some ways, they’re not complacent, as the article linked below shows. Grabbing Goodreads will give them a window into readership habits and trends.
Good for both readers and writers doing business with AMAZON to know.
Sometimes writers just need to get away from family and day job and hobnob with other writers, you know? So every year about this time P&W publishes an issue on retreats for writers, this being 2013‘s version of that. Some are romantically impractical, others are hardy and inexpensive. Look and choose.
From a report on Egyptian writers post-Tahrir Square to An international book fair in Serbia to balancing writing with having and rearing children, this issue also hopes to give us an appreciation of the writing life in all its variations.
An article that caught my eye: “Indie Retailers and the Amazon Effect.” What with Amazon pushing its way to dominance of the book trade, other booksellers are forming defensive alliances…strange days for writers and publishers, no?
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The crux of this article makes its title something of a misnomer. The real issue is: Will the tech giants, such as Amazon and Apple, ignore the innovations of those scrabbling about in their wake – and eventually damage the U.S. economy?
Amazon.com has its benefits, particularly for struggling writers, but is it good for the book biz in general? The UK would likely say no for the moment. It has a near-monopoly over the e-book biz in Europe at the moment, and monopolies quickly find ways to act in high-handed fashion, as the article linked below tells us.