#BEA11: Charade Classes, Robot Librarians, and Women Writers, Oh My!

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

Panelists at the second annual 7x20x21 event at BEA posed more questions than they answered about storytelling and the future of libraries. By Erin L. Cox If you are on Twitter and are tapped into publishing circles, you likely know Kobo’s Ami Greko (@amiwithani) and FSG’s Ryan Chapman (@chapmanchapman) who organize the, now annual, 7x20x21 panel at BookExpo America. Unfortunately, …

Are Writers Powerless to Make a Living in the Digital Age?

In Editorial by Mike Springer

• Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget and “father of virtual reality” considers whether writers and “content” creators can make a living in the Digital Age. • Lanier argues against mashups and content fragmentation, saying, “economic incentives will be in favor of supporting individuals instead of . . . a collective vision.” Interview by Mike …

The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta on iPad v. Kindle

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Media Reporter Ken Auletta reports on the digital publishing questions, such as publisher and bookseller opinions on the agency model, windowing, branding to readers instead of bookstores, whether Apple will be a better partner to publishers than Amazon, and featuring some of the usual suspects in digital publishing …

Hate Valentine’s Day and Want to Commiserate?

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a day marked, at least in the US, by flowers, chocolate, cards, and romantic evenings…but what happens if you don’t have a love to share the day with?  Below are some publications that take an interesting twist on the day of love: The New Yorker is requesting Dear John letters from their …

Mendelsohn’s Memoir Melee

In News Blog by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Much like many other New Yorker subscribers, I am one week behind in my reading.  Hence, I’ve just come across Daniel Mendelsohn’s piece, “But Enough About Me”, about the popularity of memoirs (though does not mention a memoir of the same name by a writer friend of mine, Jancee Dunn).  In the piece, he discusses in …