publishing
Hachette, what are you thinking?!

Hachette, what are you thinking?!

I've just seen the truly bizarre news that Hachette, one of the big publishing houses, is demanding that any author with titles published by Tor in some territories and Hachette in others keep the DRM on their ebooks. Tor have recently begin to offer DRM-free books,...

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The Moral Panic of Piracy

The Moral Panic of Piracy

Alright, if you haven't heard the full story yet, LendInk.com is a small ebook lending site that has been forced offline. It was a very straightforward business model - they let users register, and users listed which ebooks they had that could be lent out to other...

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On the Subject of Special Snowflakes

On the Subject of Special Snowflakes

Recent news has lead me to believe that there is something very odd going on in the halls of the major publishers. I think there's a psychology aspect to their business that hasn't been explored all that well up to this point - that of industry exceptionalism, or the...

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The Author as Customer

The Author as Customer

So, Penguin's parent company bought Author Solutions. And now, BookCountry's services page has been taken down for an "upgrade". I'm going to draw the obvious conclusion and saw that BookCountry's services are going to be Author Solutions' services, as served through...

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Research and Development

Research and Development

How does DIY publishing pay for research and development? This is the question posed by Porter Anderson over on Jane Friedman's blog this week, and I find it fascinating on many levels. The general idea of the article - and I do recommend reading it all - can be...

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The Business and the Art

The Business and the Art

I think we all know that there's two halves to making a living as an author: the business and the art. The art, of course, is the basic skill of writing; the forging of narrative out of raw inspiration, which takes years of practice to truly master. The business,...

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The Brave New World

The Brave New World

The reaction of traditional publishing to the Internet has always been somewhat lackluster. Faced with a new medium that renders 90% of their services obsolete, they struggle against the tide and thrash around like fish out of water. It's only recently that Nick...

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The Perception of Piracy

The Perception of Piracy

I got into a discussion over on Roz Morris' blog last week on the nature of piracy. It got me thinking on a rather interesting aspect of the whole thing: how authors perceive it, versus what it actually is. I've said before that combating piracy is a fool's game, a...

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Leave Your Egos at the Door, Please

Leave Your Egos at the Door, Please

"The consumer [says] 'Where's my free music on the internet? Is this a free download?' Fuck off! It cost me a quarter of a million pounds to make it, you're not getting it for nothing. I want my quarter of a million back, thank you very much. That's why we're rock...

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Fun with Google Alerts

Fun with Google Alerts

Authors need Google Alerts. It's another one of those Google services that are just too useful not to have. I honestly have no idea why it is that Google provides this kind of nifty thing for free, but hey - let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. I do know that...

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The Nature of a New Medium

Something quite interesting popped up on my Twitter feed today - an article from Writer Unboxed on the recent brouhaha over some Things That Were Said by a contingent of professionals connected to the traditional publishing industry. The full summary there is quite...

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