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Publishing veteran Debra Englander gives an overview of the self-publishing process, followed by a conversation with literary agent Ted Weinstein—who represents Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and author of numerous traditionally published books as well as the self-published title Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years—and publicist Amy Packard about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.
W. H. Auden and Charlie Hebdo; Arabic Fiction Prize longlist includes more women; literary podcasts; and other news.
The case against “book-dropping”; literary characters who never die; the often-elusive titling process; and other news.
Rushdie shares PEN Pinter Award with imprisoned Syrian activist; Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano and his work; little-known punctuation marks; and other news.
Akashic Books to launch left-leaning sports imprint; Margaret Sullivan weighs in on Amazon-Hachette dispute; U.K. bookstores launch "Super Thursday"; and other news.
Lena Dunham decides to pay book tour performers; A Fault In Our Stars banned in California school district; pop songs as Shakespearean sonnets; and other news.
Finalists for Kirkus Prize announced; National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35; Lee Child on why the Amazon-Hachette battle matters; and other news.
by Kevin Nance
On its surface, the ongoing dispute between Hachette Book Group and Amazon is about the price of e-books, but as more authors and traditional publishers square off against the giant online retailer, which has plenty of defenders of its own, many in the industry are starting to believe the battle is about something much more fundamental—it’s about the future of literature itself.
Amazon and Perseus strike a new deal; Paul Theroux on the short story; Thomas Pynchon rumored to make an onscreen appearance; and other news.
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