Which Indie Publishers Impressed You in ’09?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today, in our countdown of the “Best of ’09,” Andy Hunter, editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, argues that the economic and other challenges faced by traditional, conglomerate publishers have opened the door for independent publishers to win new readers. Do you feel that this has been the case? If so, which publishers have benefited? Which impressed you? And …

Lessons from the Rick Moody Twitter Project

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Andy Hunter, Editor-in-Chief, Electric Literature Earlier this month, twenty co-publishers joined Electric Literature in using Twitter to publish Rick Moody’s “Some Contemporary Characters,” a short story written for the medium in 153 bursts of 140 characters or less. Our goal was to create a conversation, agitate for literature, and expand the readership for Moody’s story. It was an inclusive …

Is Twitter a Viable Format for Storytelling?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka First there was fast fiction…then there was nano fiction…now there is twitter fiction. At 120 words a burst, Twitter would seem unsuited to narrative fiction. But as our lead editorial today by Andy Hunter, editor-in-chief of Electric Literature demonstrates, Twitter can be used as a format for fiction, provided one is a dedicated follower of the tweets …

Why Sony is Losing the E-Reading Race

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last week, Steve Haber, President of Sony’s Digital Reading Business, has proven why Sony is lagging behind in the digital publishing and e-reading race.  Both at Mediabistro’s eBook Summit and again on the Huffington Post, he called for publishers to “Make your content more interactive” and stated “It’s time for the publishing industry to join them …

Disney’s Digital Future

In Children's, Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Much has been made of the emergence of e-books for adults, but the real early adopters of digital technology aren’t exclusively tech geeks but children. Anyone who has spent time with a teen, a pre-teen, or even a toddler, knows who quickly kids can adapt to something new and it goes without saying that e-books will be a …

Can Publishers Learn a Lesson from Mister Splashy Pants?

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today, the folks at TED: Technology Entertainment Design, arguably the largest tech conference in the world, posted videos on their website of talks from last month’s TEDIndia event, including a presentation by the social media site Reddit.com’s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, entitled “How to Make a Splash in Social Media.”   Coincidentally, today’s lead story, “Why Smart Publishers Care About Tech Conferences” about …

Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts

In English Language, Resources by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Part I: How It Works NEW YORK: For five years I was an international literary scout. That means for five years I groaned inside whenever anyone asked me what I did. Scouting occupies a strange niche in book publishing, itself a rather inscrutable business from the outside, and after a time most scouts resign themselves to working—very hard—at an …

Kirkus Reviews: The End

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Jerome Kramer So that’s it for Kirkus Reviews, huh? Is this really necessary? Or a good idea? Seventy-six years after Virginia Kirkus launched her ground-breaking advance-review publication with the mission of letting booksellers and libraries know which upcoming titles should be added to their collections, its conglomerate owner, Nielsen Business Media, is ceasing operations of the brand. Kirkus …

Is Posthumously Publishing Unfinished Work Fair to the Author?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In April 2011, Little, Brown will publish David Foster Wallace’s unfinished manuscript called The Pale King. An excerpt was published in The New Yorker earlier this year and another appears this week. In answering questions about his March article describing David Foster Wallace’s struggles to finish the novel, journalist D.T. Max was asked what Wallace’s wishes were …

Art Book Entrepreneur Tests “Team Publishing” Model

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka TUCSON: How does one man launch a niche publishing company in a credit-and-cash strapped economy, while incurring limited expenses in overhead and even less in personnel? For Greg Albers, founder of Hol Art Books—a new niche press focused on books about visual arts, ranging from art history to original fiction—the answer is “collaboration.” “Our business model is …