It’s been a while since I’ve done a link roundup, but I’m starting to get settled in New York and hope to begin moving to a slightly more normal schedule. Famous last words! These links may stretch back a while.
Random Penguin? Penguin House? People have long speculated that there would be consolidation in the publishing industry, and now Pearson has confirmed that they are talking consolidation. It will be very interesting to see whether this comes to pass and how it plays out.
Penguin, meanwhile, has been suing authors over non-delivery of manuscripts.
There have been a few articles lately about how the publishingpocalypse has not exactly come to pass, no matter what breathless doomsday predictions you may have heard in the past few years. In The Atlantic, Peter Osnos writes that the industry is adapting well to the e-reader era, and Mike Shatzkin writes that Amazon’s publishing wing is not yet a threat to publishers.
Cynthia Leitich Smith has a great post on how authors can prepare for public speaking.
Editor Cheryl Klein writes about how you get a job in publishing.
Book Riot has a great take on Gillian Flynn and Gone Girl, one of my favorite books of the year, writing about how genre fiction sometimes doesn’t get the same social commentary cred as more “serious” literary fiction.
Butterfly in the sky, Reading Rainbow is back! This time in app form.
You’ve probably already read this, tweeted it and had a flame war, but there was quite the controversy a few months back about sockpuppet Amazon reviews and the authors who have used them.
Now being discussed in the discussion forums, which you should totally join, which TV shows are you watching?, agents and self-published e-books, where have all the review bloggers gone?, discussing the Casual Vacancy, how many characters do you have?, and prep for NaNoWriMo 2012!
And finally, for all you cooking fans out there, one of my friends has started a really cool site, Cook Smarts, devoted to recipes and learning new techniques in the kitchen. I highly, highly recommend her newsletter, which delivers some awesome recipes straight to your inbox every week.
And finally, finally, Apple released another big player in the e-reader world with the iPad Mini. Here’s CNET’s first look at the new game-changer (disclosure: CNET is where I work):
Have a great weekend!