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 …

OpenSky’s the Limit on Good Morning America

In What's the Buzz by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti If you were watching Good Morning America yesterday, you might have seen a plug for a media company that was recently featured here on Publishing Perspectives: OpenSky, a platform that helps create tailored Web stores by pairing up content publishers with product suppliers. On Monday’s program, GMA’s workplace contributor Tory Johnston talked about OpenSky as a great …

Book Plates of the Famous and Infamous

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The website Dark Roasted Blend features a story today about “Ex Libris Art” — or rather, book plates. It has some wonderful samples of this forgotten and much neglected art. There are examples from the libraries of many famous writers, including Jack London, Sigmund Freud, Charles Dickens, as well as those from notables such as Greta Garbo, …

Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson In 2004, David Mitchell impressed readers and critics alike with Cloud Atlas, his genre-defying (and Booker-Prize-shortlisted) novel with a structure more akin to a set of Russian nesting dolls than a typical novel. In his most recent novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Mitchell skips the literary fireworks in favor of the more conventional form …

Kindle Books Outsell Hardcover Books on Amazon.com

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Kindle and other e-reading devices have gotten lots of news coverage recently as retailers continue to drop the price of devices in order to gain a larger share of the growing e-book market. The Kindle is now priced at $189 (down from $259), and both the Kobo Reader from Borders and the Nook from Barnes & …

Do Publishers Inadvertently Dictate the Demographics of Readers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at statistics from BookSwim.com which identify high-income suburban women — the proverbial soccer moms — and library users as key demographics of readers. This falls roughly in line with the results from earlier National Endowment for the Arts earlier studies that cited the same two groups as the most avid readers of …

BookSwim.com Aims for Sweet Spot of American Readers

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

• BookSwim’s proprietary data shows that 80% of its users are library users and high income suburban women who read between 40 and 50 books per year — and buy as many as 30. • An analysis of reading habits reveals that BookSwim’s subscribers don’t tend to read in isolated silos. Instead, readers are just as likely to sample numerous …

Ugly Duckling Presse Transforms Into a Digital Swan

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

Brooklyn indie poetry publisher Ugly Duckling Presse has turned to e-books as a means of re-issuing out-of-print poetry chapbooks, which has doubled readership for the books. By Amanda DeMarco BROOKLYN: At first glance, Ugly Duckling Presse seems like an unlikely candidate to offer e-books. The tiny non-profit publishes mainly poetry, often chapbooks in small hand-made letterpress-printed editions. But Ugly Duckling …

Hoaxes, Cons and Lies: A Literary Quiz

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Adam Langer If I could blame any particular place or event for giving me the idea to write a novel about con artists scamming the publishing industry, it would have to be BookExpo America. It was at the Javits Center in New York City that I was first introduced to young, soon-to-be-infamous author James Frey. At the Staples Center …

Test Your Literary Knowledge and Win a Prize!

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka Do you think you are literary guru? Do you read more than all your friends put together? Can you tell truth from fiction? Test your literary knowledge with Adam Langer’s quiz, featured today on Publishing Perspectives. Langer’s novel, The Thieves of Manhattan, was published this week by Spiegel & Grau. Publishers Weekly praised it as “an über-hip …