Rebel Bookseller: Why Indie Bookstores Represent Everything

Andrew Laties

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Oscar winning actress Jennifer Connelly got her start in entertainment by modeling for YA book covers. With the merger between Penguin and Random House last year, bringing the two largest publishers in the world together, the other four largest — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster — have been scrambling to increase in size as well. Four centuries later you can disguise yourself electronically and publish online. A low contribution-percentage to FOH should NOT be the reigning factor in deciding whether or not to publish a book.
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Hearst Over Hollywood

Louis Pizzitola

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He promptly cancelled the traditional publishing contract and decided to publish the book himself. And increasingly, newspapers and magazines are managing costs by hiring reporters, writers, and editors on a freelance basis. Be careful that the combination of text font and display font works together. Hiring freelancers likely won’t cost you anything like the inflated fees charged by self-publishing services—but for a truly professional-reading and -looking book, you do need to factor in some expense. (Hiring freelancers is an area in which you really need to be careful.
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Books From Chapel Hill, 1922-1997: A Complete Catalog of

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All in all, not such a grim scenario overall, but some things look a bit grim. At present, more than a dozen publishers have set up branches outside of where their headquarters are located. Adult Education is a sometimes third category (for adult continuing education). Certainly, the big-publisher mystique helped, but only in certain cases did it make a difference to sales. Should the government be involved in book publishing or not? The new entity still won’t be able to compare to Amazon’s book sales and so further consolidation – down to two, or perhaps even one, is expected.
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Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War

Greg Barnhisel

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If they don't specify, just send 50 pages. In 1996 Americans devoted 123 hours each year to reading books. As such, the book transcends time and space to announce, to expound, and to preserve and transmit knowledge. A reframe is to say that both aspiring authors and mid-list authors who want to build audiences would be wise to 1) first pursue mastery of their craft in a way that engage, captivates, and serves their readers (what Sierra and Kawasaki call “enchantment” and what I would call “wonder”), 2) be informed about the Big 6-4-2’s disruptions as well as about the many alternatives to the Big 6-4-2, 3) make intelligent, authentic decisions not based on fantasies of getting rich or becoming famous as an author.
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Dollarature;: Or, The drug-store book

Ellis Parker Butler

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The awards are selected by a panel of print industry consultants and non-vendor related program participants. Instead, it's targeting Amazon, trying to undermine today's black-and-white Kindle as well as tomorrow's color Kindle tablet," James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester, wrote in an April 25 corporate blog posting soon after Barnes & Noble's announcement of the new features. "Barnes & Noble may have come to market with its original e-ink Nook second, but its Nook Color upgrade gives it the upper hand in the war over the serious reader."
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Writers Handbook (Writer's Handbook (Palgrave))

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One willing to embrace the self-evident fact that ebooks are only worth half the price of a print book; that there’s a large market out there of disaffected, ex-book readers who are ripe for re-capture at far lower price points with today’s technology. Before the 1960s, the book publishing industry was composed mostly of independent companies whose only business was books. In 1638 a printing press was imported to Cambridge, Massachusetts, from England.
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Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England

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Many legitimate publications can't afford to pay their contributors, but at the very least they should give you a free copy of the finished product. Though it can be argued by some people that piracy is not only inevitable but possibly even desirable for the sake of cultural diffusion in some circumstances, the availability of inexpensive foreign books, if prolonged as it almost certainly was in the United States, can damage the prospects for home-produced literature.
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Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book

Robert Masello

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Still got questions about how to publish a book? This program is aimed at young professionals who are already working in the industry and wish to acquire expertise in new techniques in publishing. The present interest rate averaging about 48 per cent does not augur well for book publishers, whose products have long gestation periods. Content trends and related cultural effects are also in flux.12 Book publishers these days are dealing with changes as major as the invention of the printing press, a machine which may be headed for the ash heap of history.
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2009 Poet's Market

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That’s crazy.” With respect, the idea that there’s no way for people to find my work is irrelevant. Most self-published authors are, on average, earning more money on fewer books: This suggests that the earnings discrepancy will grow greater over time, as self-published authors develop deeper catalogs. The most popular cartoonists are Cai Zhizhong, Zhu Deyong, and Ji Mi. Hence, a penetration test focuses on improving the security of an... Hely's protagonist, Pete Tarslaw, is an underemployed, underwashed liberal arts slacker who cooks up the idea of becoming a famous novelist to make his soon-to-be-married ex-girlfriend jealous.
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A New Introduction to Bibliography

Philip Gaskell

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Simon & Schuster (owned by Viacom) $648.7 (2.6% market share) From these figures it can be surmised that the top 10 book publishers have 88.72% of the market. http://www.hoovers.com/industry/snapshot/0,2204,34,00.html A list of the top publishers in this industry: http://www.hoovers.com/industry/description/0,2205,6262,00.html Market Share in the textbook industry: http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=10harcourt.h20 4. Another bookselling veteran made uneasy by Amazon’s colossal success is Andy Ross, who—having succeeded the venerable Fred Cody as the owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley until online competition forced its flagship location to close in 2006, after fifty years in business—now works in Oakland as a literary agent. “Monopolies are always problematic in a free society, and they are more so when we are dealing with the dissemination of ideas, which is what book publishing is about,” he told me. “In the realm of electronic publishing, Amazon until recently controlled about 90 percent of the market, a monopoly by almost anyone’s definition.
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