Monday, 19 March 2012

News: Shades of Grey and Phantom Pens

More Shades of Grey Coming Your Way
Will Paypal's erotica U-turn mean hundreds more 'shades of grey' in Smashwords, etc?

HarperCollins UK this so, apparently, judging from the rollout of its erotica imprint, Mischief Books. Also, "legit" publishers are reportedly combing the writing badlands for the next Fifty Shades. And thanks to e-readers, nobody can see what some of you girls are reading....

It's not the genre, it's the medium, this report seems to suggest. Sure.


Cooking the (cook)books?
A writer has revealed that some famous chefs do not write their own cookbooks. But Rachael Ray says no, no ghostwriters were involved in her cookbooks. That so? So who else does? And does anyone care?


Other News
  • The Puzo family strikes back in "Godfather" dispute with Paramount. This episode is almost worth its own film.
  • The central figure in Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers speaks out. Better than a (positive) review.
  • Seems e-books aren't so good for the learning process.
  • Paper vs pixels: A view from China. Also, the apparent decay of the brick-and-mortar bookstore scene in the Middle Kingdom.
  • A pirated version of Jin Yong's novel on Apple's online store prompts a call for authentification for mobile content. And 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against Apple for selling unlicensed copies of their books.
  • A 12-year-old from Ahwatukee, Arizona has published her first book.
  • Book Warehouse, one of Vancouver's largest independent discount book retailers, is closing its stores.
  • Ian Fleming's back catalogue of Bond will be relaunched in e-book and print by Random House. It appears that, in the world of publishing, you live more than twice.
  • 22 more reasons (read: excuses) to stop writing.
  • Have newspapers begun publishing e-books on the side?

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