Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Roundup with PW

New Amazon Buy Button Program Draws Ire of Publishers, Authors
Industry members claim the program, which allows third-party re-sellers to win the main buy button on book pages, has the potential to "decimate authors' and publishers' earnings," especially on backlist books.
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European Commission's New E-book Rules Worry Booksellers
The Commission ruled last week that booksellers must now fulfill orders from customers anywhere in the European Union. Some fear the shift will force small and medium-sized booksellers out of the e-book business.
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Audio Publishing's Digital Boom
Publishers talk about change during a period of significant and sustained growth in the audiobook category thanks to digital downloads and more.
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Curtis Sittenfeld's Untitled Hillary Clinton Novel Goes to Random House
Sittenfeld's next novel, as yet untitled, was bought as part of a three-book deal by Jennifer Hershey at Random House from Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris Endeavor.
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The British Book Awards: Pan Macmillan and Waterstones were crowned publisher of the year and book retailer of the year respectively at this year's Nibbies.

The Cabbie Who Turned to Fiction: Osama Alomar drove a cab for years after leaving Syria for the U.S. But for now, at least, he's writing full time.

Digitizing a Mammoth Atlas: Archives and libraries often digitize old books. But how do you scan a 357-year-old atlas that's nearly six feet tall?

Colonel Sanders, Romance Novel Casanova: KFC has published a raunchy and bizarre romance novella starring a seductive Colonel Sanders.

Minette Walters Is Done with Crime: After a 10-year hiatus, the British author, famed for her psychological thrillers, is back with a new book—a historical novel about the Black Death.


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