All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …

It’s Official: Everyone is an Author…or at Least One Million Americans Are

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ll it’s confirmed: Yes, everyone really is an author. According to Publishers Weekly’s report on the annual publishing stats compiled by R.R. Bowker, 2009 saw a whopping 764,448 titles were produced in 2009 by “self-publishers and micro-niche publishers.” PW says the “number of ‘nontraditional’ titles dwarfed that of traditional books whose output slipped to 288,355 last year …

How Will Transmedia Storytelling Change Narrative?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses The Amanda Project and the challenges posed by translating it into foreign languages and transferring it into foreign markets. The challenges are not so much issues of translation, but of transference. How do you take a relatively open-platform, Web-based story, that is itself organic and changing, and transfer it into another culture and …

How Rigid is the Hierarchy in Your Publishing Workplace?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Like academia, publishing can be a rigorously hierarchical business where the adjective before your titles — be it associate or assistant, senior or executive — can make all the difference in your day-to-day life, not to mention your income. Being on the top means you can get your way; being on the bottom means a life of …

Interview with PW President George Slowik

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It was announced on April 5 that former publisher George Slowik purchased Publishers Weekly. Slowik is a former publisher of PW, and his plans for the trade publication include international and digital expansion. I had a chance to interview Slowik about his plans for the future of PW: httpv://

Are There Still Topics Too Taboo for Fiction?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Chip Rossetti discusses the popularity of Essam Youssef’s heroin-fueled novel 1/4 Gram, which is set in the world Cairo’s high society. Some of the popularity of the novel is that it portrays a world — a taboo world — little seen by readers in the Arab world. The same could be said for …

HarperStudio Shutters, Imprint Generated More Buzz than Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers around New York City may be indulging in a bit of schadenfreude this morning with the news that HarperStudio, the two year-old imprint founded by Bob Miller, is being shuttered. The news comes in the wake of Miller’s decision last month to leave Harper to become group publisher at Workman. HarperStudio generated an extraordinary — and …

What Are the Hot Publishing Jobs of the Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story recounts three stores from publishing professionals who were fired during the ongoing economic recession. All three have subsequently found jobs, but only two of them in publishing. Judging by the number of names and jobs titles that have been changed in my own contact list/address book, I would guess the number of people employed …