There’s such a lively debate out there in the blogosphere around books and ideas and so on and so forth, and that kind of world is exploding. And there’s lots of experiments and innovation and so on, you know, like the Open Road Integrated Media and companies where people are experimenting with new models and new ideas and so on.
(via Is Publishing Doomed? JOHN B. THOMPSON with Williams Cole - The Brooklyn Rail)

There’s such a lively debate out there in the blogosphere around books and ideas and so on and so forth, and that kind of world is exploding. And there’s lots of experiments and innovation and so on, you know, like the Open Road Integrated Media and companies where people are experimenting with new models and new ideas and so on.

(via Is Publishing Doomed? JOHN B. THOMPSON with Williams Cole - The Brooklyn Rail)

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The truth is that there will not be as much money in the selling of content as there has been. That’s a result of content ubiquity. The lie is that most publishers have to go bust. There are a myriad of potential revenue streams when communities are the source of monetisation.
(via The Future of Publishing: Like Minds)

The truth is that there will not be as much money in the selling of content as there has been. That’s a result of content ubiquity. The lie is that most publishers have to go bust. There are a myriad of potential revenue streams when communities are the source of monetisation.

(via The Future of Publishing: Like Minds)

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For me, the real job of a publisher is many, many things, all of which center around the incredibly rewarding challenge of connecting authors and readers. In the end, whether physical or digital, the role of the publisher is to create an audience for the author. It’s to bring the author and the book to market. It’s never really been about printing. And that’s really clear now, isn’t it? It’s always been about connecting authors and readers.
(via On ebooks: A Publisher’s View of the Digital Transformation)

For me, the real job of a publisher is many, many things, all of which center around the incredibly rewarding challenge of connecting authors and readers. In the end, whether physical or digital, the role of the publisher is to create an audience for the author. It’s to bring the author and the book to market. It’s never really been about printing. And that’s really clear now, isn’t it? It’s always been about connecting authors and readers.

(via On ebooks: A Publisher’s View of the Digital Transformation)

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Jessica Faust, the eminent book biz blogger and CEO of BookEnds Literary Agency says unequivocally that “The reason mysteries sell better than romances or science fiction is they cross gender. That is, women will read tough action books with outlaw heroes, and men will read cozies for the warm relationships and sense of community.”
(via Mystery and crime fiction is bloody booming)

Jessica Faust, the eminent book biz blogger and CEO of BookEnds Literary Agency says unequivocally that “The reason mysteries sell better than romances or science fiction is they cross gender. That is, women will read tough action books with outlaw heroes, and men will read cozies for the warm relationships and sense of community.”

(via Mystery and crime fiction is bloody booming)

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Those who claim the novel’s time has passed ignore its value. Nothing  captures the quality of consciousness like fiction. Only a great novel  can make you truly feel what it is like to be someone else, alive in a  different place and time. Literature exercises our empathy, salves our  loneliness, and helps us learn how to live. Without Flaubert, Balzac,  Dostoyevski, and Joyce, our understanding of human psychology would be  greatly impoverished.  What doesn’t really matter, though, is how people choose to read.  Literature is important; the choice of paper or plastic is not.
(via Publishers Weekly: Literature, Plugged In)

Those who claim the novel’s time has passed ignore its value. Nothing captures the quality of consciousness like fiction. Only a great novel can make you truly feel what it is like to be someone else, alive in a different place and time. Literature exercises our empathy, salves our loneliness, and helps us learn how to live. Without Flaubert, Balzac, Dostoyevski, and Joyce, our understanding of human psychology would be greatly impoverished.

What doesn’t really matter, though, is how people choose to read. Literature is important; the choice of paper or plastic is not.

(via Publishers Weekly: Literature, Plugged In)

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"And as I’ve said stubbornly for a couple of years, I believe that soon it will matter again what one publishes more than how one publishes it. Quality will out."
—Fred Ramey, co-publisher of Unbridled Books
(via Shelf Awareness: Robert Gray: Hearing Voices About Indie Publishing)

"And as I’ve said stubbornly for a couple of years, I believe that soon it will matter again what one publishes more than how one publishes it. Quality will out."

—Fred Ramey, co-publisher of Unbridled Books

(via Shelf Awareness: Robert Gray: Hearing Voices About Indie Publishing)

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Like Haroun, we in publishing can sometimes become filled with a sense of hopelessness and failure. But like Haroun, we have been taken in by the magic of the Ocean. And like Haroun, we’re perched atop a tapestry of breathtaking complexity.
Undeniably, it is a time of remarkable opportunity in publishing, one in which we are able to find and build upon those strands of stories, in context.

—Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media
(via Context first)

Like Haroun, we in publishing can sometimes become filled with a sense of hopelessness and failure. But like Haroun, we have been taken in by the magic of the Ocean. And like Haroun, we’re perched atop a tapestry of breathtaking complexity.

Undeniably, it is a time of remarkable opportunity in publishing, one in which we are able to find and build upon those strands of stories, in context.

—Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media

(via Context first)

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Tweet of the Week Colleen Cunningham on #pubexcite
(via DBW Weekly Roundup: 10/8/10 | Digital Book World)

Tweet of the Week Colleen Cunningham on #pubexcite

(via DBW Weekly Roundup: 10/8/10 | Digital Book World)

Tweet of the Week Elizabeth Jenner (@MissCellany) on publishers’ connecting with readers.
(via DBW Weekly Roundup: 10/1/2010 | Digital Book World)

Tweet of the Week Elizabeth Jenner (@MissCellany) on publishers’ connecting with readers.

(via DBW Weekly Roundup: 10/1/2010 | Digital Book World)

"It’s become clear to us that the skills and the aptitudes of people in the publishing industry ought to translate pretty well into this model. Nobody’s going to have the same job title, nobody’s going to get their paycheck from the same source, so it’s going to feel like a huge disruption. But what those people do for a living is they recognize work that has a potential to reach an audience, they cultivate a relationship with a network of people who care about stories and literature, they manage projects, they help writers get the work out.
"Very little of what editors and agents do is really about physically putting ink on paper and shipping it around the world, it’s about intangible skills that are as valuable as ever."
(via Serialized novel delivered by an app - USATODAY.com)

"It’s become clear to us that the skills and the aptitudes of people in the publishing industry ought to translate pretty well into this model. Nobody’s going to have the same job title, nobody’s going to get their paycheck from the same source, so it’s going to feel like a huge disruption. But what those people do for a living is they recognize work that has a potential to reach an audience, they cultivate a relationship with a network of people who care about stories and literature, they manage projects, they help writers get the work out.

"Very little of what editors and agents do is really about physically putting ink on paper and shipping it around the world, it’s about intangible skills that are as valuable as ever."

(via Serialized novel delivered by an app - USATODAY.com)