The conflict between artist and commerce, writes Richard Russo, ‘today is playing out algorithmically and those algorithms have not been designed for authors’ benefit.’
Industry Notes: A Milestone at the Netherlands’ Sweek; Facebook Live at BookExpo
In the Netherlands, a reading and writing platform, Sweek, gains traction. In the States, BookExpo and Bookcon plan Facebook Live streams of interviews.
Is Curation a Cure or Culprit? The UK’s Michael Bhaskar on ‘Super-Abundance’
‘For publishers,’ says author and publisher Michael Baskhar, curation is ‘about the value of what we do in a world where there is, frankly, far too much to read
Authors United’s Divisive Stand on Amazon
In a three-hour program at Washington’s New America Foundation, Authors United points up both its criticisms of Amazon and the challenges of objecting to its position in the publishing marketplace.
Down, Up, Down Again: The Diary of a Debut Author
UK author Andrew Shantos tracks the elation, frustration and quantification of the first two months of publication of his debut novel, Dead Star Island.
Facebook, Email Most Effective for Crowdfunding Books on Inkshares
Crowdfunding publishing platform Inkshares reveals data about where its readers come from, with Facebook and email marketing leading the way.
Scholastic’s Emily Morrow on Community Building for YA Readers
Emily Morrow discusses how Scholastic’s This is Teen online community has helped the company connect with a passionate community of YA readers online.
In Colombia, Facebook Partners with 24symbols for Free Books
For the first time, Facebook’s Internet.org app has bundled free ebooks with its services, starting in Colombia with 24symbols.
SmackFiction: Building an App for Mobile YA Book Discovery
Lisa Buchan of SmackFiction explains the process of building and piloting a new app for Young Adult and New Adult book discovery in New Zealand and Australia.
Facebook Marketing Tactics for Book and Media Businesses
Facebook marketing specialists Qwaya offer tips on making the most of marketing and advertising for publishers on the ubiquitous social media platform.