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Has Open Access Failed?
blog.oup.com

Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away

Content Is Still King, And Technology Has Not Dethroned It
www.bookbrunch.co.uk

Delivery methods come and go but high quality content endures

Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden's Book Market?
publishingperspectives.com

Sweden's book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable

Why Do We Need A Direct To Consumer Website Anyway?
451words.tumblr.com

Building an effective direct to consumer web presence could be the key to turning around some of the major problems publishers are facing

Vox On Amazon: Way Off-base, Not Entirely Wrong
www.salon.com

Publishers aren't perfect. But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon

Amazon Is Doing The World A Favor By Crushing Book Publishers
www.vox.com

"Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry"

Amazon Doesn't Care About Books — It Cares About Selling Them
www.businessinsider.com

Since its founding, Amazon has always been more interested in the value of user data over the value of any level of quality

What Would Make An Amazon Competitor Competitive?
www.teleread.com

So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace.

Frankfurt Is Still Vast, But It Seems To Be Getting Smaller
www.idealog.com

It was really obvious this year that Frankfurt — at least that part of it which is about English-language publishers buying and selling with non-English markets — is shrinking

The E-reader Lives A Lonely Life
gigaom.com

And the nice Kindle Voyage won't change that

Why The Subscription Dream Of A 'Netflix For Books' Still Has Its Limits
www.theguardian.com

Book streaming services are still struggling to get bestsellers on to our virtual shelves

Taking Sides in the Amazon-Hachette Battle
www.forbes.com

If I weighed in on Amazon's side in its battle with Hachette, no publisher would ever publish another book of mine

Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.
www.nytimes.com

Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America

A Class Action Against James Patterson?
www.teleread.com

On grounds of consumer fraud?

Peter Handke: Abolish The Nobel Prize In Literature!
www.complete-review.com

Sore loser?

Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical?
the-digital-reader.com

Where is the money to pay authors to write "serious literature" going to come from?

Do Publisher-led Reader Communities Work?
www.teleread.com

The difference between the real thing and by-the-numbers efforts becomes ever more glaring

Where Was Kannada And Indian Languages At Frankfurt Book Fair
www.bangaloremirror.com

When the works of hundreds of writers from countries with a population less than Bangalore are being translated and sold in millions, maybe people from Karnataka should take the responsibility of promoting their own literature.?''

Seeking A Balance In Paying Translators In Germany
publishingperspectives.com

The new system of paying translators in Germany actually can punish the publisher for having a bestseller in some cases

Amazon's Selfish Defender
www.salon.com

"Hugh Howey's short-sighted, Ayn Rand-ian argument harms book culture"

Read Whatever The Hell You Want
www.newstatesman.com

Why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature

Should Hitler's Mein Kampf Be Republished?
www.eurozine.com

The German copyright on Mein Kampf expires in 2015, renewing debate on whether it should be reprinted, or even read

As Booker Prize Day Dawns, Anything Is Possible
www.telegraph.co.uk

The great thing about a literary prize is not who wins, but that there is so much to admire

Transgressive Literature Will Always Be A Minority Pursuit
www.theguardian.com

Nobel judge Horace Engdahl is wrong - creative writing courses and grants aren't barriers to becoming a rebellious writer, says Polari winner Diriye Osman

There's One Huge Problem With Calls For Anti-trust Action Against Amazon
www.vox.com

Amazon doesn't have any kind of monopoly


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David Walliams Tops Children's Bestsellers
www.bbc.co.uk

David Walliams' Awful Auntie has become the best selling children's fiction book of 2014 after four weeks on sale

Amazon Is France's Number One Online Retailer
www.mhpbooks.com

News will come as a blow to the French parliament who have taken severe measures to slow the American behemoth's rise to cultural dominance

Prix Femina Shortlists
www.complete-review.com

Notable because it has three categories: fiction (French), foreign fiction, and non-fiction.

Hemingwrite Typewriter May Redefine Writing Ebooks
goodereader.com

Seeks to marry the old school typewriter with a modern digital version

Amazon Lost Nearly Half A Billion Dollars In The Past Three Months
www.telegraph.co.uk

Shares in Amazon drop 11pc in after-hours trading after retailer unveils biggest loss in its history

Booker Win Saves Richard Flanagan From Life Down The Mines
www.theguardian.com

Australian author who pondered drastic career change sees sales soar £140,000 in a week after prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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