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      The Bookseller Children’s Conference is underway in London today and the CEO of Hachette Children’s Group, Murray Hill, has called on publishers to “act as agents of social change more than ever before.” It’s an interesting debate with an interesting argument to juggle. Murray talks about “overuse of social media and time online” and Read More ...


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    “Digitalization will fundamentally change society and economy as we know it,” says Alexander Markowetz in a post on Buch.de titled Digital Change. “In order to survive this change and to thrive in a fair and competitive market without depending on single big companies, retailers and publishers as well as other companies not only have to Read More ...


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    There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   Hey, Amazon. Where’s the new Kindle? Read More ...


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    There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   “Can anyone teach me how to make Read More ...


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    The Harry Potter books have been translated into 68 languages and have sold 400 million.  Or so says Pakistan Today, reporting on the new Harry Potter exhibition in London. That number is echoed by Rowling’s publisher Scholastic, although Britain’s The Guardian earlier this year was asserting the eightieth Potter translation was under way and sales Read More ...


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    It seems rarely a month passes without David Gaughran exposing how scammers are milking Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, at the expense mainly of indie authors. Here, for example. Or here. And as often as not it’s indie authors who are getting penalised But it’s not just indie authors getting scammed. Or penalised for something they haven’t Read More ...


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    With the current vogue for diversity in publishing comes, inevitably, cries of foul as author achievements are dismissed as concessions to ethnic origins and diversity quotas. One would think that award-winning Nigerian-American fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor (World Fantasy Award, Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, Children’s Africana Book Award, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa) had established Read More ...


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    The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More ...


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    This might be a job for Robert Mueller. Or maybe not. Anobii (aka aNobii) has had an eventful history, from innovative start-up in 2006, just pre-dating Goodreads, to victim of Russian hackers in 2017. But who knew it even still existed? While Goodreads became popular enough to be bought by Amazon, aNobii (which I’ll hereon Read More ...


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    Phil Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More ...


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    Anyone who thinks AI won’t be able to write literature that’s as good as anything a human can produce within a couple of decades is deluding themselves. That was ALLi’s Dan Holloway over Christmas on the ALLi site, but I’ve deliberately kept the quote until today because it is one best suited to open the Read More ...

    The post Beware the future. It’s closer than you think. AI and Publishing appeared first on The New Publishing Standard.


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    Freedom to write and publish is an issue close to my heart, living as I do in The Gambia, West Africa, which one year ago this month emerged from a 22-year dictatorship. During that time freedom of expression was at the whim of the president and many a journalist and author paid the ultimate sacrifice Read More ...

    The post The 2018 Prix Voltaire “freedom to publish” shortlist coincides with Trump’s assault on publishing freedom in the USA appeared first on The New Publishing Standard.


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    Speculation abounds that Amazon KDP is to introduce a third royalty tier of 50%, alongside its current 35% and 70% choices, after the 50% option appeared in the KDP dashboard of some authors. An author on the KDP Support forum first raised the subject a few days ago when the 50% option appeared, and other Read More ...

    The post Amazon KDP’s new 50% royalty option. Or was it an error? appeared first on The New Publishing Standard.


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    The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More ...

    The post The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first January 2018 edition appeared first on The New Publishing Standard.


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    The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More ...

    The post The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first February 2018 edition appeared first on The New Publishing Standard.


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    It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the past two days’ best publishing stories, taken from the TNPS twitter feed (@thenewpubstd). Apologies if Read More ...


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    At noon today (GMT) five of the top ten slots in the Kindle charts were taken by Lake Union (2), Montlake Romance (2) and Thomas & Mercer (1) – all publishing imprints of Amazon. With the launch of Topple in February, the number of Amazon imprints reached eighteen. Amazon is already fielding more titles than Kensington, Read More ...


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    The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More ...


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    It’s now several months since the January 2018 Author Earnings Report arrived. You can still find some of it on the Author Earnings site. But only some of it. Because within hours of the report going live Data Guy was redacting information, and soon after removing entire sections of the report as anger rose in Read More ...


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    The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More ...