Print to Digital
Gregg Housh and Barrett Brown’s book about Anonymous, the online activism collective known for digital protests and acts of civil disobedience, has been sold to Amazon Publishing editorial director Julia Cheiffetz.
According to the notice on Publishers Marketplace, Anonymous: Tales From Inside The Accidental Cyberwar was “pitched as Barbarians at the Gate for the digital era” and tells “the story of the ordinary people who became hacker-activists and successfully brought down government agencies and multinational corporations around the world.” Anonymous recently secured local notoriety by releasing the personal data of pepper spraying New York City Police officer Anthony Bologna.
Amazon Publishing fulfilled expectations a few weeks ago when it announced its first big book deal, to publish The 4-Hour Chef by kickboxer and tango dancer Timothy Ferriss. It was the kind of book one would expect Amazon to acquire: written by a bestselling self-help author who will sell hundreds of thousands of e-books, extensively self-promote on the internet and likely be less remembered for his contribution to literature than for his showmanship. (He will also be one of those writers who have a guaranteed place on the shelves of every used bookstore in America until the end of time or of used bookstores, whichever comes first).
What was less expected was Amazon Publishing’s latest move: hiring one of the editors of The Believer to acquire fiction for the imprint. Ed Park, whom The New York Times once called “The Wizard of Whimsy”, will now represent the literary side of the Seattle company’s New York publishing house.
Ken Layne of Wonkette is writing a book about California for HarperStudio.
Julia Cheiffetz, an editor at the HarperCollins imprint, made the announcement on the company blog this morning in the form of a brief Q&A with Mr. Layne. The book is described there as “a history of California’s culture, environment and politics Read More
Choire Sicha is finally writing a book. He has never wanted to before, but now he does. It’s going to be about being young in recession-era New York, and it will be published through the HarperStudio imprint of HarperCollins when he finishes his reporting about a year from now.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Read More