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  • May 23, 2013
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Original authors and their amateur adapters can now jointly ‘monetise’ the popular spinoffs George RR Martin hates fan fiction, Anne Rice has banned it, Ursula K Le Guin calls it “an invasion”. But a host of authors have signed up to a new programme from Amazon, which encourages any fan who fancies it to write…

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  • May 10, 2013
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The American book retailer saw its shares climb following reports Microsoft are considering offer to acquire Nook business Shares in America’s biggest books retailer Barnes & Noble climbed nearly 20% yesterday after a report that Microsoft is considering an offer to acquire its Nook business – B&N’s tablet and e-book business and a rival to…

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  • May 1, 2013
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The choices offered by digital publishing can only be good news for writers, says Barry Eisler. So why are traditional publishers so angry? Until November 2007, when Amazon introduced the Kindle, the only viable means of book distribution was paper. Accordingly, a writer who wanted to reach a mass audience needed a paper distribution partner….

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  • April 24, 2013
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Amazon’s bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving “My brain,” as one reader put it rather dramatically, “fell over at the thought of selling ‘used’ ebooks”. He wasn’t the only one. The reaction to the news earlier this year…

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  • April 16, 2013
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Author’s speech to London Book Fair calls for an experimental approach to a changing ‘digital frontier’ “Anyone who tells you they know what’s coming, what things will be like in 10 years’ time, is simply lying to you,” according to the author Neil Gaiman, fresh from a provocative speech at this week’s London Book Fair…

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  • March 15, 2013
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Get advice on blogging from the likes of Roy Greenslade, Owen Jones and the Guardian’s social media team Whether you want to establish yourself as a journalist, develop your knowledge of a niche subject or simply vent some anger, blogging is the perfect way to flex your writing skills. But there are gazillions of blogs…

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  • February 22, 2013
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Three US booksellers claim contracts between Amazon and other publishers ‘unreasonably restrain trade’ in ebook market In a case of David against Goliath, three independent US bookshops are taking on Amazon and six of the biggest publishers in America in a class-action lawsuit accusing the internet giant of creating an ebook monopoly that is destroying…

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  • February 21, 2013
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A new deal with HarperCollins includes works currently out of print, but the science-fiction author was dismissive of ebooks The ebooks of the late Ray Bradbury, who once memorably dismissed digital books as smelling “like burned fuel”, are finally coming to the UK. Following lengthy negotiations, the author’s publisher HarperCollins has announced that three of…

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  • February 9, 2013
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Fifth and final publisher reaches settlement in case alleging conspiracy with tech giant to raise prices and fight Amazon Macmillan has become the fifth and final US book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused the companies of conspiring to raise ebook prices. Macmillan and the justice…

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  • January 10, 2013
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Mountaineer sets up his own digital publisher after refusing to accept 25% offer from Random House Mountaineer Joe Simpson, author of a bestselling memoir about his miraculous survival in the Peruvian Andes, Touching the Void, has dumped his “bullying” publisher Random House after failing to reach agreement with them over over ebook royalties. Simpson said…