OverDrive and Sourcebooks to Launch Ambitious E-Book Data Experiment (Library Journal) Goodreads Alternative Riffle Goes Live (Publishers Weekly) How much does a Pulitzer affect books sales? (Melville House) Codex Group: Ebooks to Level Off at 30% of Publishing Revenues, With Caveats (DBW) Kindle Daily Deals: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (and 3 others)
After 35 years of writing novels—not just novels, mind you: bestsellers—Susan Isaacs has a very clear understanding of how the book publishing industry works. Her take on the business from the perspective of a prolific author (13 novels and one book of nonfiction) offers unique insight into how and why things are changing.
Isaacs loves to tell the story of how her first book came to be published in the late 1970s. A former editor of Seventeen magazine and a freelance political speechwriter, she was home with young children and living in Long Island. "I wrote a mystery. It was the usual [situation of] reading too many mysteries and then saying, 'I think I can do this.'" A school acquaintance of her husband's was managing editor of Simon & Schuster and offered to read the book. He liked it, and told Isaacs, "You don't expect friends to write a good book!"
Pearson Launches New Incubator Company for Startup Companies (Good e-Reader) Amazon’s Price Parity Clause Attracts Attention of German Antitrust Regulator (GigaOM) Audible Users Get an iPad App (Galley Cat) Random-Penguin & Libraries (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: The Cider House Rules by John Irving (and 3 others)
The American Library Association's annual conference kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim, CA, and runs through June 26. Attendees are expected to number 25,000, including librarians (but of course!), educators, authors, publishers, and more.
From multimillion-dollar acquisitions to multimillion-dollar best-sellers, powerful women stand at every pivotal, decision-making point in the book publishing process. Book Business’ first annual “50 Top Women in Book Publishing” feature recognizes and honors some of these industry leaders who affect and transform how publishing companies do business, and what—and how—consumers read.