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It hasn't been long since the courts rejected a settlement between the Authors Guild and Google over Google's bookscanning project, which many people characterized as far too generous to Google. Well, now the Authors Guild is taking a different tack. They're suing Google for $3 billion (disclosure: link is to CNET, I work there).
Fear of Amazon's role in the future of books has really crystalized in some sectors of the book world, and agent Andrew Zack had a post recently in which he expressed that perspective. I don't totally agree with the post, and expressed that in the comments, but it's a very good counter-perspective.
What's the difference between a wholesaler and a distributor? Self-publishing Resources explains.
Even in the age of self-publishing there are still many benefits to having an agent (I still have one!). Agent Rachelle Gardner details these advantages.
Macmillan's Tor imprint switched to non-DRM e-book sales a year ago. The result? No discernable increase in piracy.
HarperCollins announced the formation of a digital-first mystery imprint, called Witness. Which had agent Kristin Nelson wondering: Why can't publishers pay e-book royalties on a monthly basis?
And speaking of imprint formation, The Atlantic launched a new e-book division focusing on singles and curated collections. Expect to see more and more non-publishers with a platform launch e-book programs, which is further evidence of the atomization of publishing and a reduction in the necessity and advantages of traditional publishing.
Lots of talk about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby now that the new movie version is in theaters. The Guardian argues that Jay Gatsby has nothing on F. Scott Fitzgerald himself.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed by authors against self-publishing outfit Author Solutions, which is now owned by Penguin.
Are you ready to be a published author? Are you sure?
The trailer for the Enders Game movie was released.
What's the optimal price for a self-published e-book? $3.99, says Smashwords.
Hilary Smith, née The Intern, has advice for the parents of writers.
Need to fire your agent? Sometimes it's necessary. Agent Jenny Bent has advice for you.
In non-book news, I found this article provocative: What if the Tsaranaevs had been the "Boston shooters?"
And finally, Google I/O was this past week, which brought a whole slew of interesting new things. My friend Sharon Vaknin breaks down Google Now voice search vs. Apple's Siri:
Have a great week!