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E-commerce giant Amazon looks like it is gearing up for the latest chapter in its international expansion: an operation in Russia. According to this article in Forbes (in Russian) the company has opened its first office in the country, headed by Arkady Vitrouk. Vitrouk is the former general director of ABC-Atticus, a publishing group owned by media baron Alexander Mamut. Continue reading
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 As of 2:54 PM PDT
By Greg Bensinger and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
Amazon.com Inc.’s announcement of a deal to acquire Goodreads has set off a backlash among some fans of the popular site who treasured its independence. Continue reading
By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
Barnes & Noble Inc. BKS +0.43% has sharply reduced the number of Simon & Schuster titles it carries in its stores as well as the promotion it gives those books as a result of a financial dispute between the two companies, say people familiar with the matter.
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Book Review: The Accidental Anarchist, by Bryna Kranzler
Posted: January 6, 2013 | Author: DICK LOFTIN | Filed under: Books |3 Comments »
By Dick Loftin.
It is somewhat of a miracle that this book even exists. Written from the more than one hundred year old diaries of her grandfather, Bryna Kranzler has captured an amazing story of survival, certain but somehow avoidable death, dire conditions of climate, hunger on the verge of starvation, all taken with humor and conviction. Continue reading
It seems so…unliterary. But publishing houses despise authors and are doing everything they can to make their lives miserable. Here’s why.
Authors are admittedly a strange lot. There’s something antisocial about retreating from life for months or years at a time, to perform the solitary act of writing a book.
On top of that, authors are flaky. They promise to deliver a manuscript in April and it doesn’t come in until October. Or the following April.Or the April after that. This leaves publishers with several options, all of them bad: revise publishing schedules at the last minute; demand that authors turn in projects on time, regardless of quality; cancel books altogether; or sue the authors (as Penguin has begun to do) for undelivered or poor quality work. Continue reading
If there’s one thing every self-published author yearns for, it’s to be reviewed alongside traditionally published books, but for most that’s a dream that is unlikely to come true. Book reviewers, whether for traditional book review columns or book blogs, frequently don’t accept submissions from self-published authors. Instead, there’s a web of professional relationships between traditional publishers and reviewers which keeps the books and the reviews flowing. Continue reading