World’s biggest book fair explores self-publishing trend – Yahoo News

Authors are increasingly opting to self-publish as a way to reach readers and sidestep potentially thorny relations with a publisher, industry players at the world’s biggest book fair said Thursday.

“People have always wanted to tell their story. A lot of barriers have fallen thanks to the explosion of social networks and new technologies,” said Florian Geuppert of French company Books on Demand.

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Authors Guild’s Booktalk Nation Goes Google-y and Bi-Coastal | The Authors Guild

Booktalk Nation hosts its first NY-LA video hangout with YA Authors Melissa de la Cruz, Kami Garcia, Michael Johnston, and Margaret Stohl. Next week: NYT Bestseller Wally Lamb Previews We Are Water.

“We’re embracing the Google in support of indie bookstores,” says Authors Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken.

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Bowker: Nearly 250,000 Self-Published Books in U.S. in 2011, Growing Fast | Digital Book World

elf-publishing is growing quickly. In 2011, there were about 235,000 self-published titles in the U.S., and about 87,000 of them were e-books, according to a new report from Bowker, a book-industry-focused market-research firm.

While most self-published titles are still print books (some 63%), the e-book category is growing faster. E-book self-publishing production is up 129% since 2006, versus a gain of 33% for print over the same period.

A handful of larger players dominate the e-book self-publishing market, according to the report. Author Solutions (47,094 titles, now owned by Penguin) and Smashwords (40,608 titles) led the way but Lulu wasn’t far behind (38,005). Outside of these three and Amazon’s CreateSpace, which dominates the print side of self-publishing, no other company has more than 10% market-share.

Bowker: Nearly 250,000 Self-Published Books in U.S. in 2011, Growing Fast | Digital Book World.

Renewed interest in Alice Munro following Nobel win

Saskatoon readers are snapping up books by Canadian author Alice Munro after she became the first Canadian to capture the Nobel Prize for literature.”Her books are really selling. Customers have been very excited,” McNally Robinson general manager Helen MacPherson said.

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ATF Denies Censoring Fast and Furious Whistleblower After Blocking Book Publication – Katie Pavlich

Earlier this week, the ACLU sent a letter to ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon after an outside working application submitted by ATF Special Agent and Operation Fast and Furious whistleblower John Dodson was denied. Dodson’s outside work application was for a book manuscript, The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious, which Dodson worked on in his own time.

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Seth’s Blog: Thank you, Jay

My friend and occasional co-author Jay Levinson just passed away. He was eighty.

Jay helped invent the idea of the modern marketing book, pioneered Guerrilla Marketing (which has nothing to do with gorillas and everything to do with thinking independently and bravely) and influenced several generations of leaders.

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Appeals court rejects fraud claim against ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Mortenson | Star Tribune

Appeals court rejects fraud claim against ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Mortenson | Star Tribune.

HELENA, Mont. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected claims that author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson committed fraud by lying in his best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea” to boost sales and donations to the charity he co-founded.

Hollywood Ponders Movie on Book About Snowden – NYTimes.com

Hollywood Ponders Movie on Book About Snowden – NYTimes.com.

LOS ANGELES — For more than a week, Hollywood has been exploring what could be one of the most difficult nonfiction projects it has ever tried: a proposed film based on the journalist Glenn Greenwald’s planned book about Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive whistle-blower.

E-book sales decline: Do people not want to read books on tablets?

We’ve been living through an e-book boomtime. Two years ago, Amazon turned heads by announcing that sales of digital books had eclipsed those of hardcovers, and the trend has only continued. But a recent pair of reports shows that a plateau may be coming.

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