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Publisher Sues for Return of Book Advances

An article for TheSmokingGun.com this week explained how New York-based publisher Penguin is suing a number of authors in order to get back the hefty advances those writers were paid. The advance is the money stipulated in the contract that the author will receive against the sale of the actual books; anything sold past the amount of the original advance then is shared with the author according to the contract details. The flipside of an advance is that the book may never sell enough to even come close to what the author was already paid, in which case the publisher takes a loss on the advance.

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Penguin Books sues authors

But in the case of these authors, apparently they never got around to actually writing the books.

That would be interesting publishing news by itself, but what actually created the food for thought in that article were the comments from writers, agents, and publishers.

One point of contention in the comments’ section was that the article did not clarify whether the authors actually did not write the manuscripts or, as some commenters claim, the authors did submit manuscripts that the publisher then decided were not worthy of publication. While that distinction has not been made clear, there were several supporters for either the authors or the publishers based on that point alone.

Additionally, one literary agent from Trident Media Group made the best argument for having a literary agent that has been made in quite some time, stating that this is exactly why serious authors still need agents when working with a publisher, implying that any of Trident’s authors who were treated this way would be fully supported by the agency. He went on to state that no future manuscripts of his agency’s clients would be submitted to a publisher who treated its authors in this fashion.

But the most interesting discussions led back to how the publishing industry itself may be broken, a long-held stance that many people have taken in the advent of digital and self-publishing. Several independent authors weighed in on the discussion, some pointing fingers at the traditional publishing industry and how its business practices lead to situations like this, while others were slightly more supportive of the publishers, acknowledging that situations like this one won’t arise in self-publishing because an author can’t pay himself a $50,000 advance.

Source: Goodereader.com By: Mercy Pilkington — September 26, 2012

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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries?

 

Over the last few years several libraries around the UK have either transferred to volunteer control or closed completely – and more closures are planned in the near future. But while this has prompted widespread outrage from the public – and much discussion in the national media – something else has been happening which could have an equally major impact on libraries and their long-term future.

 

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EBooks could save libraries

Many libraries around the UK have recently launched their own e-lending services. This morning I visited one of them, Holborn Library in Camden, where readers can now download e-books from their account on the council’s website directly onto their e-reading device – without even having to visit the physical library premises. Once the loan period of a maximum of three weeks has expired, the book simply disappears from the e-reader.

I spoke to Janene Cox, President of the Society of Chief Librarians. “Librarians on the whole are very positive about e-lending,” she told me, “and I think the reasons for that is that they recognise that if libraries are to remain relevant and accessible in a digital age then we have to provide our services in a way that people want to make use of them. So e-books provide us with an opportunity for our books to be 24/7 and for people to access them remotely and for people to download them to their own digital device.”

But e-book lending around the country is patchy and there’s no comprehensive service. So tomorrow, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

The Minister for Libraries, Ed Vaizey, told me: “We’ve seen that sales of digital books have increased massively in the UK; they now represent something like 10 per cent of all books sales. Amazon says it’s selling more digital books than it’s selling physical books. So in order for libraries to keep pace and remain relevant to people they should be able to lend books electronically.”

 

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But there are major concerns that the e-books lent by libraries could be copied illegally and prompt a rise in piracy. And several key figures in the publishing industry are worried that e-lending could seriously damage book sales. Many of us like owning and collecting the physical books we read but this isn’t true for e-books. Put simply, if we can borrow e-books for free, then why would we ever buy them?

I spoke to Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association. He told me: “Publishers work very closely with libraries and have done for decades. I think the nub of the problem with e-lending is that we have to be sure publishers can have a sustainable business model because when it is as easy to buy a book as to click a button and borrow one, a lot more people are going to take the borrowing option and that has serious implications for authors and their royalties, for booksellers and as well for publishers.”

And several authors have already expressed strong opinions on the subject – and on one aspect of it in particular.

Under the public lending right scheme, authors get paid 6.05p each time one of their physical books is borrowed from a public library. But despite the recommendations of the Digital Economy Act 2010, as it stands e-books are still exempt from the scheme.

I spoke to SJ Parris, bestselling author of the Giordano Bruno trilogy of historical novels, Heresy, Prophecy and Sacrilege. She told me: “I think it seems self-evident that e-books should be treated in exactly the same way as hardbacks and paperbacks; they’re just another format for the same content and the same amount of work has gone into it. And for a lot of authors that income that comes through PLR is vital to them, it’s not a little extra, it’s a vital part of their income. And I don’t think e-books should be able to undermine that.”

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Like many authors, Parris is also concerned about the impact of e-lending on the kind of readers libraries were set up to serve – those who might not be able to afford to buy physical books or indeed an e-reader. And the DCMS has already come under fire from readers around the country for failing to prevent local councils from closing libraries.

I asked Ed Vaizey whether a nationwide e-lending service would leave more libraries vulnerable to closure. “Well, we’ve specifically asked the review to take into account the impact of e-lending on library premises,” he told me. “Clearly there’s a debate about library closures, some libraries have closed but of course people who put library closures at the forefront fail to mention that actually lots of libraries are also opening. Next year, for example, Birmingham is going to open the biggest library in Europe. The death of the library has been hugely exaggerated and we still have a massively thriving public library service.”

Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending.

Source: blogs.channel4.com By: Matthew Cain Sept 25, 2012

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Where does your creativity come from? What’s the value of thinking on your feet? This video offers a priceless example.

Enjoy.

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Writing Workshop – It’s Your Life, Write It Down

 

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Salem, Conn. – The Salem Public Library, 264 Hartford Road, Salem, CT will host a six-week writing workshop titled “It’s Your Life, Write It Down” beginning at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2012.

The program, led by long-time freelance writer Nancy Rodgers, will help participants record their most poignant memories, learn how to compose an autobiographical narrative and how to create characters to use in a work of fiction.

The cost for the program is $5. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions. Registration is required.

For more information, call (860) 859-1130.

 

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For three decades, the deeply silly Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged entrants to write the opening sentence to terribly bad books.

 The books aren’t real, but the best (bad) openers typically cram a whole lot of story into one convoluted phrase.

This year, a Texan won the romance category. Karen Hamilton of Seabrook wrote:

“I’ll never get over him,” she said to herself, and the truth of that statement settled into her brain the way glitter settles onto a plastic landscape in a Christmas snow globe when she accepted the fact that she was trapped in bed between her half-ton boyfriend and the wall when he rolled onto her nightgown and passed out, leaving her no way to climb out.

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“One of my friends put a link on Facebook, and I thought, ‘Well, heck, why not?’ ”

Her winning sentence, she added, is in no way based on personal experience.

“No, I’ve never had a half-ton boyfriend,” she said Wednesday.

Instead, the phrase that kept running through her head – “I’ll never get over him” – became the seed of a long-winded pun.

Hamilton, 55, has earned accolades for her wordplay before, taking second place three years running at the O. Henry Pun-Off in Austin.

But these sorts of honors don’t come with a windfall of cash. When asked what she won for her winning sentence, Hamilton said: “Bragging rights and, apparently, an article in the Chronicle.”

The contest categories include adventure, children’s literature, crime, fantasy, historical fiction, purple prose, romance, science fiction, vile puns and western.

The overall winner was Cathy Bryant of Manchester, England, while another Texan – Bill Hartmann of Dallas – took runner-up in the crime category with:

“Chester and Harry, you don’t have the stomach for this, but Dick and I do,” the leggy blonde said in a throaty voice as she headed back in to finger – and hopefully nail – the brains and muscle of the strong-arm syndicate, the heel that gutted her niece.

The contest, sponsored by San Jose State University’s English department, takes its name from Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, who wrote a doozy of an opener for his 1830 novel “Paul Clifford:”

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents-except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

As the contest website points out, even Snoopy saw fit to plagiarize the first few words.

Source: http://www.chron.com By: Maggie Galehouse

 
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Apple agrees to stop eBook price fixing in Europe

Apple and four publishers have proposed some changes to their ebook business, the European Union will assess

 

Apple is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that it colluded with publishers to fix ebook prices. However, in Europe the company has agreed to settle the case and has offered to overhaul its pricing model for ebooks.

The US Department of Justice is claiming that Apple’s supposed conspiracy with book publishers has caused “unmistakable consumer harm”. Apple claims that the Department of Justice has sided with monopoly (Amazon) rather than competition in bringing a case of ebook price-fixing against Apple.

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market In Europe, however, Apple has settled the eBook price fixing case. Back in April European Union competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said Apple and all the publishers, other than Penguin, had agreed to settle, at least in Europe.

Apple and four publishers (excluding Pearson/Penguin who hasn’t agreed to settle) have now offered to overhaul their pricing model in Europe.

As part of the proposal, Apple has promised to terminate so- called agency agreements with the four companies and Pearson. In addition, they will allow retailers to set their own prices on titles for two years.

The EU is asking rivals and customers to comment on the offer by Oct. 19 before accepting, according to Bloomberg.

European Union antitrust regulators began their investigation of Apple and various publishers back in December 2011. That probe is targeting Apple’s deals with Hachette Livre, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan. According to the European Commission the investigation would examine whether the publishers were: “…with the help of Apple, engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in the European Economic Area, in breach of EU antitrust rules.”

Source: http://www.macworld.co.uk By: Karen Haslam  – Sept 20, 2012

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7 Movie-Title Mistakes

 

One does not rely on the entertainment industry to model proper grammar and punctuation, but is it too much to expect that movie titles make grammatical sense? Evidently, it is; filmmakers and film studio marketing staff have more important things to do than ensure that titles correctly use hyphens and apostrophes, appropriately employ punctuation marks, and form verbs properly, as these movie posters demonstrate.

 

An early poster for The 40-Year-Old Virgin omitted the first hyphen, resulting in a title that didn’t make sense. If it were plural, it could refer to twoscore twelve-month-old babies, but that’s rather complicated. Fortunately, later versions were corrected, and moviegoers were left with a comforting correlation between a photograph of Steve Carell’s dorky-looking title character and a that-figures movie title.

 

The title of the horror-comedy Eight Legged Freaks appears to refer to an octet of people who may be otherwise abnormal but are equipped with legs. However, as an epithet for unusually large and aggressive spiders (apparently based on an ad lib from the star of the film, which originally bore the title Arac Attack), it should read Eight-Legged Freaks; the wordseight and legged must — outside of Hollywood, that is — be hyphenated to signal that they combine as a single term modifying freaks.

 

Shrink, shrank, shrunk. Shrink, shrank, shrunk. I always have to look that kind of stuff up — a strategy the makers of this film could have easily employed to produce a grammatically correct title. Depending on where Rick Moranis’s character is in the child-miniaturizing process at the pertinent time, the title should be Honey, I Will Shrink the Kids, Honey, I Shrank the Kids, or Honey, I Have Shrunk the Kids.

 

This man belongs to the ladies. He is in their possession. Ladies claim ownership of this man. He is a ladies’ man. Ladies, is this your man?

 

A citizen who abides by the law is a law-abiding citizen; law and abiding are connected by a hyphen to show that together, they describe the particular type of citizen ostensibly featured in this film (in reality, the protagonist is a law-flouting citizen — but that’s Hollywood for you). The lack of a hyphen is excusable in display type on a movie poster or in the film’s credits, but when it is omitted on promotional materials as well, the producers are not law-abiding filmmakers.

 

When you plan to resign from a job, it’s customary to give notice two weeks in advance of your planned departure date. You give a notice of two weeks. The two weeks “belong” to the notice, so it’s “two weeks’ notice” (or “a two-week notice,” though the other form is much more common).

 

This title is a question. The source material for the film is a novel titled Who Censored Roger Rabbit? So, why does the movie title not include a question mark? Some sources claim that filmmakers have a superstition that titles so adorned do poorly at the box office. Tell that to What’s Up, Doc?Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and, more recently,O Brother, Where Art Thou?, among others. This film did very well, but I think would have been just as successful with the perilous punctuation mark. Defenders will say the title is shorthand for “Find Out Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” but that requires logical contortions not even the rubber-limbed title character can manage.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com by Mark Nichol

 
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Digital e-books sales reach new heights

 

Digital fiction sales have seen a huge increase in the UK, according to a report by the Publishers Association.

The sale of e-books and works of digital fiction in the first half of 2012 increased by 188 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.

“Certainly the strong e-book growth has taken the tarnish off the otherwise tricky market,” Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller told the BBC.

“It is good news that the market is transitioning and making money from that, but it is moving to a trickier situation where there are fewer booksellers.”

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A new wave of tablet devices, such as this model from retailer Toys R’ Us, will flood the market this holiday season and boost ebook sales.

Popular best sellers like Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James have contributed to the sales climb in the last year.

Digital sales of children’s books have gone up 171 per cent, whilst non-fiction titles have increased by 128 per cent.

In contrast, printed books continue to see a drop in sales, as physical book sales have tumbled 0.4 per cent year on year.

“The huge increase in digital sales shows how rapidly readers and publishers are embracing e-book reading,” said Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association.

“Whether books are enjoyed physically or electronically, publishers will continue to invest in exciting authors and titles.

“They can do this because of the stability provided by the UK’s robust and flexible copyright framework.

“This is why The PA is at the forefront of calls to government to ensure that copyright is not eroded and that creator’s rights are protected and supported online.”

As the market changes, independent booksellers are struggling to keep up with the likes of Amazon, with stores like Waterstones aiming to enter into contracts with e-book manufacturers to boost sales.

“What we don’t know yet is what will happen when more book readers get tablet devices,” said Philip Jones, editor of the Bookseller.

“This will be the first Christmas where you get more cheap tablet devices from the likes of Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo.

“There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.”

Source: bigmouthmedia.com – 18 September,2012 By: J Ogville

 

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How e-books came of age: in memory of a pioneer

 

As we predicted a couple of weeks ago, Amazon has released a new range of e-book readers and colour pad computers. What we didn’t foresee was that Amazon’s big announcement would coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the inventor of the e-book.

As long as there were computers that were widely networked, it was inevitable that book texts would be digitized. But somebody had to go first, and the world is richer for the fact that Michael Stern Hart had the vision and altruism to make it happen long before the rest of us dreamed of owning a computer, or heard of the internet.

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Michael Stern Hart – the father of ebooks.

In 1971, Hart had talked his way into a user account on a mainframe computer at the University of Illinois, where he was a student. He had no idea what to do with it. In those days university computers were used mainly for data processing. But walking home from Independence Day fireworks in 1971, he had his eureka moment when a grocery store stuffed a free copy of the Declaration of Independence in his bag. Hart typed it into the mainframe and made it available for download over the academic network that then joined just a few campuses and the US Department of Defense. Hart’s Project Gutenberg was born.

By 1987 he had personally entered the text of 313 out-of-copyright books and plays. On average, every 20 days, Hart typed in The Odyssey, then The Iliad, then Tom Sawyer, then The Merchant of Venice, and so on. As Gutenberg himself had given the world its first printed Bible, Michael Hart gave us the first electronic edition.

 The university communications network grew, and Hart asked others to contribute. Project Gutenberg became one of the first distributed technology projects with mirrored sites and coordinated volunteers. We’ll let the man himself articulate his cause. “Encourage the creation and distribution of e-books. Help break down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy. Give as many e-books to as many people as possible.” To date, his US project has captured about 40,000 books. Affiliated organizations like Project Gutenberg Australia account for another 60,000.

Hart died on September 6 last year aged just 64, and apparently having made more from odd jobs like stereo repair than he took as salary from his real work.

We’ll be using US contacts to get hold of the new Kindle Paperwhite model with its increased pixel density, greater contrast and a patented, built-in light that emanates evenly from the edge of the page. This will make reading in the dark easy without any clip on lamp. And when we take delivery, we’ll spare a thought for M.S. Hart, late of Urbana, Illinois.

Source: www.afr.com Sept 17, 2012 By: Peter Moon

Peter is a Melbourne, Australia lawyer who writes a weekly technology column for the Australian Financial Review.

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5 Ways to Help Manage High Costs of College Textbooks

 

When you think about the cost of college, you probably automatically consider tuition, room, and board–but you can’t ignore the cost of textbooks. With costs averaging now around $1,100 per year, according to the College Board, saving for your textbooks can be a major undertaking.

Although most scholarships won’t cover the cost of your books, some do–if you have earned enough scholarship awards to cover your tuition and other college expenses and have money to spare, see if you can use the remainder to cover books.

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book marketMost students, however, won’t have this option. Before you roll your textbook costs into yourstudent loan (which will need to be paid back with interest later), consider these five options:

1. Buy used: Used textbooks can be a great value, often costing as little as half the sticker price of a new book. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of another student’s notes–which can be extremely beneficial. Be careful before purchasing a different edition than the one your professor is using, however; using an older version of the text can put your grade at risk, if information has changed significantly.

That said, the biggest issue with an older version of the book is usually a difference in page numbering between the two versions – which can make it tricky to follow page number references in class and reading assignments, but may be worth the significantly lower cost.

If you can’t handle someone else’s scribbles in your book, another way to defray costs is to buy new and sell your used book back at the end of the semester.

2. Buy e-books: A popular newer option, e-books offer many benefits: a less expensive price tag (sometimes half the cost of the print version or even less) and less weight to lug around campus (print textbooks can weigh three and a half pounds or more). However, it can be more difficult to take notes, and many e-books are purchased on a subscription program–meaning that, at the end of the semester, you no longer have access to the text.

3. Rent: Another option is renting the textbook. Though always cheaper than buying new, renting may not be as pocketbook friendly as buying new and selling back at the end of the semester.

4. Apply for textbook-specific scholarships: One such scholarship with an upcoming deadline is The MyBookBuyer.com Textbooks For a Year Scholarship. MyBookBuyer offers two scholarships for students who submit their applications by December 15–including a 750- to 1,250-word essay that answers the question, “What prominent person would you like to interview, and why?”

This may be someone who is living, deceased, or even fictional. (Of course, you must use a book to support your position.) The grand prize winner will take home $1,250 in cash for books, and the runner up will receive $250, so get writing!

5. Do your research, and do it often: New scholarship and grant opportunities occur pretty regularly to help defray the cost of college textbooks, including programs through Chegg (one such scholarship recently closed on August 31) and other textbook companies. One 10-minute search a week could help you find enough money to cover your books next year.

Source: Scholarship America | U.S.News & World Report LP

By: Janine Fugate

 Janine Fugate joined Scholarship America in 2002. She is an alumna of the College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minn., and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Fugate is the recipient of numerous scholarships at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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