The ASJA Weekly
Feb. 28, 2013

An Author's Guide to the E-Singles Scene
By Mark Obbie

I know it’s a mistake for an author to take every review on the Internet seriously, but I admit this one about my true-crime e-single stung: “This was not worth the money. Not a bona Fidel book by any means. Buy a full fledged book instead.” Assuming that’s not a sly reference to the Cuban leader, this review serves as a useful reminder that e-singles are new enough that we all struggle to peg them. More a book than an article, or vice versa? Whatever they are, they’ve seen rapid growth, both in sales and as a market for authors, in their first two years. More

Copyright alert system goes into effect
The Washington Post
Pirates, beware. New rules mean that those who turn to illegal downloading to pick up movies, music and other copyrighted files may get warnings from their Internet provider and, in some cases, even see their connections slow down. An initiative launched by the Center for Copyright Information — which includes members of the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and major Internet service providers — will directly notify users when their connections have been used for illegal downloading. More

Riggio wants to buy B&N's stores
Publishers Weekly
n a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission Monday morning, Barnes & Noble's chairman, founder and largest shareholder, Len Riggio, said he has notified the company board that he plans to make an offer to acquire B&N’s retail trade stores. The retail segment includes all bricks-and-mortar stores,, and Sterling Publishing. It excludes the Nook Media group which houses the Nook digital devices and Nook bookstore as well as the college stores.More

The curse of cursive handwriting
Prospect magazine
We tend to forget, unless we have small children, that learning to write isn't easy. It would make sense, then, to keep it as simple as possible. If we are going to teach our children two different ways of writing in their early years, you'd think we'd have a very good reason for doing so. I suspect that most primary school teachers could not adduce one, says Philip Ball, an English science writer. More

2013 Oscar winners dominated by literary adaptations
The Christian Science Monitor
The Oscars didn’t just honor achievements in filmmaking in 2013. With 5 of the 6 winners of the big prizes going to movies that started as books, the Oscars also honored great writing. The Best Picture winner of the night, the movie "Argo," was originally based on an article for Wired magazine by writer Joshuah Bearman. The original piece was titled "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran" and was published in 2007. Meanwhile, of the four top acting awards, three went to stars who appeared in movies based on books.More

Self-publishing: A revolution for writers, not readers
The Guardian
When people talk about self-publishing, it's common to hear words such as "revolution" and "democratizing". Normally, Anna Baddeley would be wary about throwing around such momentous terms, but she thinks they're almost warranted. Book industry insiders forget that publishing can seem like a closed shop to those without connections or confidence. Now, a Welsh schoolgirl can sign up to Wattpad and suddenly have millions of fans around the world, closely followed by a three-book deal with Random House.More

More authors hiring firms to buy up their own 'bestsellers'
Mediabistro's PRNewser
For authors and publishers alike, the very ability to claim “bestseller” status can significantly increase sales in addition to related speaking and consulting fees (especially relevant if you write about business). Unfortunately, it seems that more authors are now responding to the PR and financial challenges of writing for a living by simply buying their way onto bestseller lists.More

The real cost of self-publishing
Stephen King rocked the publishing world when he began distributing books online in 2000. J.K. Rowling roiled the industry again in 2011 when she decided to self-publish her Harry Potter series through her own platform, Pottermore. Such big names join thousands of others who are self-publishing books — though many do so because it's their only option. More than 235,000 books and e-books were self-published in 2011 in the U.S., four times the number in 2006, according to Bowker, an agency that assigns books unique identification codes.More

As self-publishing thrives, it's easy — but expensive — to put 'author' on your resumé
Winnipeg Free Press
Theirs is an enduring love affair, but writers and readers no longer have the traditional relationship they once did. More and more of them are meeting electronically, for one thing. And, as with Internet dating, self-publishing is becoming increasingly mainstream and acceptable, so a growing number of would-be authors are bypassing the literary matchmaker altogether. More

3 indie bookstores file lawsuit against Amazon and 'Big 6' publishers
The Christian Science Monitor
Three independent bookstores are suing online bookseller behemoth Amazon and the publishers known as the Big Six, claiming that the group has created a monopoly in the sale of e-books. Fiction Addiction, a store based in Greenville, S.C.; Posman Books, a New York City store which has three locations; and Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza of Albany, N.Y., filed the class action lawsuit. The suit, which was filed in New York, takes aim at Amazon, Hachette, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, and Macmillan. The stores that filed the suit say that they represent "all independent brick-and-mortar bookstores who sell e-books."More