Author Archives: Dennis Abrams

Dennis Abrams is a contributing editor for Publishing Perspectives, responsible for children’s publishing and media. He’s also the author of more than 30 YA biographies and histories for Chelsea House publishers, a restaurant critic, and a literary blogger.

Amazon Explains Why It Thinks $9.99 is the Right Price for Ebooks


On the Kindle forum, Amazon said it wants to price most ebooks at $9.99, claiming lower prices will sell more books and return more money to authors. Many disagree.

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2014 PEN Literary Award Winners Announced

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PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, today announced the winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards.

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Murakami Reading Group Continues with Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore

Publishing Perspectives’ online book club covering the works of Haruki Murakami starts Kafka on the Shore, perhaps the Japanese author’s most beloved novel.

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A Fictional Feline Seeks One More Life, But How?

Patty Lakin

Author Patricia Lakin reflects on discovering that her successful children’s book, Clarence the Copy Cat, is out of print and what she can do to bring it back.

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Amazon vs. Hachette: Are You Buying Less?

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In a survey, Codex Group reports 39% were aware of the Amazon/Hachette dispute — and 7.5% are buying less from Amazon. Are you?

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2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Features 4 Yanks

Man Booker Prize

The first Man Booker Prize longlist after opening to world English writers includes books by four Americans, six Brits, two Irish writers and one Australian.

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Javier Marias’ 7 Reasons Not to Write Novels and 1 Reason Why

Javiar Marias

Spanish author Javier Marias argues that while there are plenty of reasons not to write novels, there’s one that is very important — a shot at immortality.

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Top Authors’ Lobby for Long-Term Strategy Against Amazon

Douglas Preston

Numerous top authors are enlisting fellow writers to formulate a long-term strategy to combat Amazon’s dominance of the market, writes The Bookseller.

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International Alliance of Independent Publishers Assembles in Cape Town

International Alliance of Independent Publishers

The International Alliance of Independent Publishers will be holding their International Assembly in Cape Town this year from September 17-21.

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Okwiri Oduor Wins 15th Caine Prize for African Writing

Okwiri Odour (Photo: Caine Prize for African Writing)

Kenyan Okwiri Oduor has won the 15th Caine Prize for African Writing, often described as Africa’s leading literary award.

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