Friday, July 12, 2013

Publishing Industry News

Publishing news and industry blogs for 6/28-7/12.  While things tend to be fairly quiet this time of year, there are a couple of major developments in the big trials, and the Apple vs. DOJ case reaches a final verdict.

Publishing News

Apple loses versus the DOJ in the price-fixing trial. They promise to appeal the guilty verdict, of course.

The Random House-Penguin merge has completed, officially, and the two are now one company.

Hachette acquires Hyperion, Disney's adult book imprint.

In the (filing for class action status) lawsuit against Author Solutions, Judge Cote allows authors an extension to file amended complaints.

In the Google bookscanning case, the Authors Guild's request that had been granted to be class certified is overturned, and this is once again not a class action lawsuit. At least until Judge Chin rules on whether or not Google's bookscanning counts as fair use, at which point, he'll technically be able to re-establish class certification, if desired. But fair use is such a tricky subject that it doesn't look like it'll be dealt with any time soon.

The CEO of Barnes and Noble resigns.

Industry Blogs

QueryTracker for 7/5 and 7/12.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about selling foreign rights, both through foreign publishers and by selling direct translations, some of the trials she's faced, and how's she dealt with them.

Going to a readers' conference, and want stuff you can give to recruit potential fans? Best-selling author Terry Spear shares her resources: how she made magnets and created goodies to brand herself, and how she sold books and was able to accept credit cards using just her phone.

On Digital Book World, Kristen McLean talks about what she thinks the Barnes & Noble poor profits means for the future of books, in terms of the growing digital book age.

K.M. Fawcett conquers fight scenes. How? Noting what characters notice based on their backgrounds, using the setting, and using make-do weapons, among other things.

GalleyCat lists 5 ways authors can sell their books through indie bookstores online, and thus encourage readers to support indie bookstores.

Alice Gaines, romance author, offers advice on writing sexual tension in your book. Awareness of one another is important, don't feel the couple has to be panting at one another in the first scene, add a little flirtation and body language, and more.

What makes readers put down a book? GoodReads takes a survey and makes an infographic with the results.

What publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the updates! I see a couple of links I'm going to check out.