Is Amazon responsible for the Ellora’s Cave fiasco?

Ellora’s Cave, publisher of erotica, was for a long time a great success story of the electronic publishing age. Founded in 2000, they published stories and novels that contained materialRead more »

Amazon is sparing at least one Hachette author: Paul Ryan. Why?

When you read David Streitfeld’s “Literary Lions” piece in The New York Times early this week, you may have noticed certain little aside before Salon and the Huffington Post jumped onRead more »

Andrew Wylie is backing Authors United. Here’s why that matters

Authors United already boasts over 1,000 authors, but the group isn’t resting on its laurels and it isn’t done growing.  Two weeks after writing a powerful open letter to Amazon’sRead more »

A new prize for women in translation

It started with French translator Alison Anderson’s blogpost for Words Without Borders back in May, where she broached the issue of the extremely low numbers of fiction in translation by women.Read more »

Hail & farewell: Karl Miller

Karl Miller, one of the founders of the London Review of Books, and its first editor, has died. Miller was literary editor of The Spectator and the New Statesman, andRead more »

What Amazon can’t do: on Authors United, Hachette, and self-publishing

I: A Tale of Two Letters Over the past several months, Authors United, a group of over 1,000 writers led by Douglas Preston has emerged as a leading critic ofRead more »

Texas school district thinks “Banned Book Week” means they’re supposed to ban books this week

Oh, Highland Park, Texas Independent School District Superintendant Dawson Orr. You scamp! I’d love to give you the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe, when you went ahead with this newRead more »