Speech Act Protects Against “Libel Tourism”

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Speech Act, a law intended to protect US publishers and journalists from facing libel charges in countries with more stringent defamation laws, reported Publisher’s Weekly. Putting an end to “libel tourism,” the law ensures American authors are protected by the First Amendment for material produced in the United States, and prevents …

Try a Kobo eReader in your Hotel Room

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Kobo and Random House are spreading the word about e-reading to hotel guests. At 10 Fairmont Hotels locations in the USA and Canada, guests can use a Kobo eReader loaded with bestselling Random House titles by authors like Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith…all for free! Guests even get coupons off Random House titles …

International Buyers Flock to Remaindered Books

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Overseas book buyers are finding bargains at American remainder book shows and boosting a business that might otherwise be threatened by the steady decrease in the number independent booksellers and adoption of digital books. • Asian markets — in Japan, Korea and China — have proven especially robust as buyers demand more and more affordable English-language reading materials. By …

How My Mom Landed on Oprah and Launched a Publishing Career

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Mark Garcia-Prats explains how his mother managed to raise ten sons, land on Oprah, publish three parenting books, and launch her own publishing company. • An appearance on Oprah helped get exposure for Catherine Garcia-Prats’ book Good Families Don’t Just Happen, which has sold more than 55,000 copies so far. By Mark Garcia-Prats Catherine Garcia-Prats never dreamed of writing three …

Publishing People We Admire: Lauren Cerand and Girls Write Now

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Those of you in the publishing world know, the business of printing and selling books is trying. At times, just surviving can be a feat.  So when we come across someone who thrives in the world of publishing, we take notice. And when that same person takes on greater responsibilities carrying their passion and vision into selfless projects of altruism, …

Romance vs. Sexy Literary Fiction: What’s the Distinction?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story examines the publishing history of Stephen Vizinczey’s In Praise of Older Women, a novel that is considered by many to be a classic of modern European literature — but has had a checkered publishing history in the United States. Surely, there have been no shortage of literary censorship cases in the United States — …

3D Consumer Camera, Russia Bans YouTube, EU Lobbied on Privacy

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Welcome to the first Tech Digest roundup of noteworthy links about new technology, digital developments, social media, cool gadgets, and more. Without further ado, here is today’s digest: Amazon Announces New Kindle As everyone predicted this week when they saw the Kindle was out-of-stock, Amazon has announced a “smaller, lighter, faster” Kindle. It looks like Amazon is …

Coming Soon to Your iPad: An Interactive Graphic Novel on the CIA and Iran

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• Cognito Comics is launching an immersive digital graphic novel called Operation Ajax, specifically for the iPad. Inspired by journalist Stephen Kinzer and his bestselling account of the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup in Iran, Ajax will combine elements of video games and graphic novels. • Dan Burwen, founder and CEO of Cognito, sees digital graphic novels as the future of digital …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …