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PPN Weekly Digest / January 9, 2015

In the News

“This coming year, in other words, will see the paradoxical debut of the ‘ghostwriter’ as a public phenomenon. If the happy accidents of 2014 are any indication, millennials simply don’t care how a novel was written – or even who wrote it – so long as it fits the brand of the celebrity whose name is attached.”

-from Jonathon Sturgeon for Flavorwire

Read more… “Book Publishing Predictions for 2015”

“After two months in the program, she said, her income dropped 75 percent. ‘I couldn’t wait and watch things plummet further,’ she said on a Kindle discussion board. She immediately left the program.”

-from David Streitfeld for The New York Times

Read more… “Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.”

“‘A Year of Books’ Facebook page. The page already has 94,000 likes as of Sunday afternoon. If even a fraction of these people purchase the books, it would have a real impact on the publishing industry (as anyone who remembers Oprah’s book club can attest).”

-from Lincoln Michel for Electric Literature

Creative Thinking

“Part of the problem is that we have too many copycat books. Yes, publishers are eager to capitalize on the last big hit by running the trend into the ground, but that’s not a good thing. Did we need more boy wizards after Harry Potter?”

-from Carolyn Kellogg for the Los Angeles Times



“Courting startups makes a lot of sense for the Seattle-based tech titan. Boutique online retailers like Etsy, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and dedicated platforms for inventors like Quirky are all providing opportunities for small companies hoping to make it big with the next cool gadget.”

-from Blair Hanley Frank for Geekwire

Read more… “Amazon reportedly working on platform for inventors”

“7 iOS apps for book lovers, including @electriclit’s new ‘True Legends'”
-from @benasam and @HuffPostBooks via Twitter


RIP Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinski, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Philippe Honoré, Elsa Cayat, Michel Renaud, Frederic Boisseau, Franck Brinsolaro, Moustapha Ourrad, and Ahmed Merabet.
“We begin where we are, where our hearts are. Let us take the time to bury the dead, to mourn, and to grieve. Let us mourn that we have created a world in which such violence seems to be everyday.”
-from Omid Safi, for Onbeing
“‘Publishing is in mourning’ says French Publishers Assoc president; traditional trade celebration replaced by tribute”
-from @thebookseller via Twitter