What’s the real story behind the Amazon-S&S deal?

Conspiracy theories about the surprising deal between Simon & Schuster and Amazon ran rampant in the publishing industry yesterday. They started with the announcement of the deal itself—because the newsRead more »

Amazon closes a contract with one major book publisher (not that one, though)

Yesterday afternoon, Business Insider’s Jilian D’Onofro reported that Amazon had signed a multi-year contract with Simon & Schuster, a Big 5 publisher that is not Hachette. Information is still trickling out aboutRead more »

Reading RAMBO

One morning, about a year ago, I looked out the window of my apartment in the Wallabout neighborhood in Brooklyn near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Just visible above the roofline ofRead more »

The final word at the Times? “Amazon hurts America,” says Paul Krugman

The rising criticism of Amazon.com growing out of its dispute with Hachette ratcheted up significantly this morning when Paul Krugman attacked Amazon in his New York Times column, saying, “Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has tooRead more »

Just don’t go there John Grisham

Before I get in to this you need to know that John Grisham has apologised for the comments he made yesterday. You need to know that he has an efficientRead more »

Adobe is under fire from librarians for breach of ebook privacy

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) a reading app that is used by most libraries across the United States and many readers around the world to access ebooks with DRM, is collectingRead more »

And the 2014 Booker goes to… an Australian!

Congratulations, Richard Flanagan! You are now £50,000 richer, and I hope earning more than that in book sales this week. Your publisher is currently printing thousands of stickers to remind readersRead more »

National Book Awards shortlists announced

The National Book Awards has revealed its shortlists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Fiction shortlist: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (Grove Press) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) Redeployment by PhilRead more »

What will be sold at Amazon’s New York non-store?

Last week, we brought news of a major leap into the future from those brave, bold innovators at Amazon: the creation of New York’s first-ever pop-up shop/storage facility/product takeout space/kitchenwareRead more »

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today is International Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It’s also the publication day for Ada’s Algorithm by James Essinger. There areRead more »