Last night, we raised the question: Amazon: Business As Usual? Our thoughtful speakers gave their two cents, and today Flavorwire breaks down the event and highlights the questions of cultural urgency that came up.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers is published — History.com This Day in History — 6/4/1940 →On this day, 22-year-old Carson McCullers’ first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, is published. The novel, about misfits in a Georgia mill town, is an instant success.
Happy 74th anniversary to a Southern literary masterpiece. What’s your favorite Carson McCullers’ novel?
Unedited audiostream of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel at BookCon 2014 in New York, NY:
“After taking the Internet by storm, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is moving forward with brand new initiatives to continue the call for diversity in children’s literature. Join the WNDB team as they share highlights of their campaign, discuss the success of grassroots activism, highlight diverse books and how everyone can diversify their shelves and talk next steps for the campaign. Ellen Oh (PROPHECY Series), Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars, 2015), Marieke Nijkamp, founder of DiversifYA, Lamar Giles (Fake ID) and Mike Jung (Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities). Special Guests include acclaimed Authors Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Matt de la Peña (The Living) and Jacqueline Woodson (Beneath a Meth Moon). Moderated by I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above, 2015).”
There is perhaps no more fraught phrase in the book business than “second novel.” I think everyone wishes that these books could be skipped entirely and all novelists could progress directly from first to third.
Author Chris Pavone, who made a big best-selling splash with his debut espionage thriller The Ex-Pats, now tackles the dreaded second novel. The Accident is no sophomore slump, but an engaging thriller about the workings of the publishing world, something Pavone knows quite well.
THIS IS REALLY EXCITING. ELDA ROTOR IS DOING A REDDIT AMA.
Penguin Classics Editorial Director Elda Rotor will be available to answer your questions on Reddit next Tuesday. She’s also an Associate Publisher. Don’t know what that means? This seems like a good time to ask. Elda has been at Penguin for seven years now, and was previously a Senior Trade Editor at Oxford University Press. She’s a beloved figure here and font of knowledge on publishing and classics.
So start thinking of questions now: What’s it like to work in publishing? How does one become an editor? What goes into the making of a Penguin Classic? What was it like working with Guillermo del Toro? The possibilities are endless.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an editor? Tumblarians, here’s your chance.
You likely read New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx’s passionate op-edinThe New York Timesthis morning (in which he broke the news that Hachette Book Group USA will begin selling its entire ebook catalog to the library market).
Below is our official press release. We’re excited to work with Hachette, and we thank everyone for all of their hard work on making this relationship possible.
More progress TK. Not to mention marketing from yours truly.
St. Paul, Minn. – May 1, 2013 – The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will add titles from Hachette Book Group to its catalog of offerings, giving readers access to books from popular authors including James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks. Hachette Book Group’s full eBook catalog will be available to libraries with no delay on new titles.
The new agreement with Hachette Book Group means that 3M Cloud Library now offers content from all of the Big Six publishers. The service’s continuously growing list of publishers now numbers more than 300.
“3M Cloud Library aspires to achieve the breadth and depth of the best public libraries’ collections, to ensure that readers of all tastes find the perfect book,” said Tom Mercer, marketing manager, 3M Cloud Library. “We continue to build a diverse, multi-language collection with relevance, balance, and richness for all readers.”
The addition of Hachette Book Group titles follows a successful pilot program, during which 3M was able to provide compelling data to the publisher on sales and circulation for its books. Since its launch in 2011, the 3M Cloud Library has lead many such programs, helping publishers gain a greater understanding of the eBook marketplace.
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
Big news from Hachette.
The Pulitzers are the last of the major annual book awards to be announced for the publishing year, so the winners tend to be known quantities. Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf), Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead) and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) all won the National Book Critics Circle Award en route to Pulitzers. All but one Pulitzer for fiction since 2000 have been awarded to books published by a Big Six publisher, so most winners have had considerable marketing dollars behind them and a considerable number of copies in print.
I for one am curious to hear the announcement on Monday. Who can say!
The move also adds to the sense that Amazon is slowly buying up much of the book world. Over some 15 years, the company has bought AbeBooks.com, Audible.com, Brilliance Audio, the Book Depository, Shelfari, BookFinder.com, Lexcycle, BookSurge, CreateSpace, Mobipocket.com and (through AbeBooks) 40% of Library Thing.
Amazon Buying Goodreads: Industry Reactions - Shelf Awareness
Pretty impressive list of ownership by Amazon. And by impressive, I mean “thoughtfully frightening sometimes”.
More than 40 countries with over one-third of the world’s population have fair use or fair dealing provisions in their copyright laws.
Penguin Group today announced that it will be changing the terms on its library ebook lending program, and on Tuesday, April 2, will begin allowing libraries to purchase and lend ebook titles the day that hardcover editions are released, according to The Associated Press. Previously, Penguin had placed a six month embargo on new ebooks, requiring libraries to wait half a year before purchasing.
More below from Laura Hazard Owen on the content:
"Upcoming titles from Little A will include James Franco’s novel Actors Anonymous — which Larry Kirshbaum signed back in 2011, and which will be published this October — among others. A digital-only series called Day One will focus on ‘short stories from debut writers’; those will be sold in the Kindle Singles store.”
Unsurprised on the inclusion of one J. Francs.
Under the new Provincetown Public Press digital publishing imprint, a dozen or so writers and artists will learn this year how to create a digital book of their work and market it on the Internet, library officials announced Thursday.
Provincetown Public Press, a new digital book publishing operation of the public library, is offering writers and artists the ability to create and distribute a digital book on the Internet.
This might be a first in the country, library director Cheryl Napsha said Friday. “We haven’t seen it anywhere. There are some libraries that are starting to print physical books using high-end copiers. To the best of my knowledge, no one has gone digital.”
The library is starting the press as a public service, she said. It will be funded by a $3,000 donation.
Library Journal, the leading trade magazine serving the library industry and profession, seeks a take-charge editor to lead coverage of issues and trends (e.g., shifting formats, downloadable, distribution) in audio, video, gaming, and music as they impact libraries, as well as to cover related trends in the library world.
Media Editor also is responsible for assigning/editing 40-plus reviews for each print issue of the magazine, as well as managing the media section: writing news for audio and video and establishing a rotation for assigning/writing Q&As and spotlights.
Media Editor will likewise develop several annual AV features (writing some, recruiting writers and developing feature focus) and edit media columns, including music and gaming. Editor will develop and sustain relationships with vendors, librarians, and outside experts, in addition to other general duties such as:
• Recruiting and fostering reviewers
• Keeping current with the book trends and library market news, with an eye toward contributing ideas for new and expanding areas of coverage
• Representing LJ at live and virtual events such as webcasts and conferences
• Contributing to the LJ review section’s blog, In the Bookroom, and to LJ’s social media presence
This positive first decision by one of the antitrust authorities is an important milestone on the path to uniting two of the world’s leading publishing companies into a truly global publishing group. It will enable investments worldwide in new digital publishing models, in new distribution paths, products and services and in the major growth markets.
Thomas Rabe, chairman and chief executive of Bertelsmann, in his statement about the Department of Justice’s approval of the Random House-Penguin merger last week. I missed this owing to a Valentine’s Day spreadsheet massacre of my own doing.
This just in: the EU will have made its decision about the merger by April 15.
What’s it all mean for libraries? I wouldn’t profess to know at this stage, but I’m not wary. I’m hoping at the very least it will mean a continuation of the trust that Random House and Penguin have demonstrated as separate entities.