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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.
French novelist Patrick Modiano wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature; Billy Collins on poetry and leadership; Twin Cities–based bookstore to close; and other news.
The New York Times launches new best-seller lists; Lena Dunham’s forthcoming memoir; The Great Gatsby, tweet by tweet; and other news.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Farhad Manjoo ponders the driving force behind Amazon’s rapid expansion; Google’s book-scanning lawsuit was dismissed yesterday by Judge Denny Chin; anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani traced the geographic origins of “Little Red Riding Hood”; and other news.
by James F. Thompson
Emily Dickinson online archive fuels debate; Ian Crouch discusses the proliferation of neologisms; Arizona approves Mexican-American studies books; ten scary novels for Halloween; and other news.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Jessica Grose gathered five writing tips from Carl Hiaasen; Jason Diamond considers the strange afterlife of Zelda Fitzgerald; the Faulkner estate lost its lawsuit against the makers of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris; and other news.
by Adrian Versteegh
In the first major overseas legal challenge to its massive book-scanning project, Google’s French division was hit last week with a copyright infringement lawsuit. Publishing group La Martinière, backed by the editors association Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) and the writers union Société des gens de lettres (SGDL), is asking a Paris court to force the Internet giant to halt its digitization of protected works and to levy a fine of eighteen million euros (about $26 million) as well as a per diem fine of one hundred thousand euros ($146,000).
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