Eastern Europe’s most famous band outside of Gogol Bordello (and Eugene Hütz met the rest of his crew in the LES, so there you go) Pussy Riot is still dealing with the fallout from the sentencing of three members to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” But while Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich cool their heels in jail, the other nine members of the punk art collective have worked out a deal to speed along an e-book with Feminist Press. Read More
Thank you, statute of limitations on copyrighted material! Clandestine Classics, a subsidiary of Total-E-Bound publishing, has rewritten five of those stuffy British novelsyou were forced to read in English class and turned them into poorly-spelled BDSM sex stories. Unfortunately, these e-rotica e-books won’t be available till July 30th (let the 12 day countdown begin!), but on the bright side, Clandestine has given readers a sneak peak to its 19th century knickers.
Let’s read some excerpts (which are NSFW…as much as words can be NSFW), shall we? Read More
Bad news for anyone who thought they were going to be the next EL James: As it turns out, half of self-published are making less than $500 a year off their books. Now, the numbers are skewed a little bit higher for the first comprehensive study ever done on the subject, with the average pull-in for self-publishers at $10,000. But that’s only because–much like in the rest of America– 10% of the market was bringing home enormous figures, leaving the other 90% with very low sums…and half with less than a grand a year for their work.
And we think we know why. Read More
Amazon has started what it’s referring to as “a $6 million annual fund dedicated to independent authors and publishers.” It sounds like a fellowship program but it’s actually a pot of money for luring self-published writers into exclusive short-term contracts with the Kindle store. The more bestselling writers the company can lock into the Kindle (however temporarily), the less appealing rival e-readers will be. This has already gotten some authors into trouble with Barnes & Noble, which has refused to stock print books by authors it cannot sell through its own digital platform, the Nook. Read More
Emily Gould’s bookstore, Emily Books, has launched. But they are only selling a single e-book: No More Nice Girls, an essay collection by the former New Yorker music critic Ellen Willis that was originally published by Wesleyan University Press in 1992. But available digitally exclusively at Emily Books!
You might wonder what kind of bookstore only has one book. Well, the entrepreneurial Ms. Gould and her business partner, Ruth Curry, have an answer: “Emily Books is not a regular bookstore. It’s more like a club, actually,” they write in their introduction to the site. “We only sell ebooks, and only a few of them.” Users can subscribe for one year for $159.99 (not $160), and have a new book selected by Ms. Gould and Ms. Curry materialize from the ether onto their tablets and readers each month. Read More
Some Japanese e-reader fans are sidestepping the purchase of actual e-books: they’re digitizing their own libraries, reports The Mainichi Daily News:
Referred to in Japan’s Internet community as “jisui,” (literally “cooking one’s own meals”), the process involves feeding pages of a book through a scanner one by one to turn a work Read More
The American Booksellers Association has registered their take on Andrew Wylie’s e-book deal with Amazon. Echoing the complaints voiced by other groups, they’re concerned about granting exclusivity to the online retailer. ABA CEO Oren Teicher had this to say:
The issues sparked by evolving business models in the rapidly developing world Read More