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Some of the “Best” Books of 2015

 I got an email the other day from WorldReader—“…on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.” The email directed me to their article, Top Books Read in 2015, from which I’ll share a few excerpts, in the hope of encouraging you to read […]

What The Hell Is Going On In The Book World!?

So, Amazon is flexing its muscles and one of the legacy publishers is saying sorry to its authors. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the big publishers and Apple for “price-fixing”. Now, it appears Amazon is withholding books from consumers to force a publisher to its knees… So much of the book […]

Why Are Bookstores Dying? ~or~ How To Understand The “News” About Books…

In all the frenzy of damning Amazon for its success in the book business, many apologists for publishers and bookstores completely forget the Reader… Many also use what should be the “News” to spread propaganda… I’ve written a few posts about the US Department of Justice’s suit against Big Publishers that I feel can help […]

Public & Publishers Speak Out To U. S. D. O. J. on Pricing Collusion

E-book prices have been a high profile topic on the blogs for awhile now and so has the lawsuit against 5 of the Big Six U. S. Publishers plus Apple. Back in March I posted Authors/Readers vs Publishers vs the U.S. Dept. of Justice and since then 3 of the Publishers, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and […]

Publishing News Is Having A Crisis

 [Author’s Edit: This post is from the past but certainly is not dated…] Authors who want to be published have, possibly, more options than they need right now. Traditional, Indie, POD, Small Imprint, Publishing Aid companies, and full Self-Publishing, to name the major options. Plus, all those categories are mating and producing offspring… It’s no […]