Hodgeblot

Publishing

A 5 post collection


Google's grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming "content" read on big platforms

 •  Filed under Books, Google, Publishing, Oyster Books, Reading, Ebooks

Google’s grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming “content” read on big platforms

I missed this back when it first appeared. Interesting ideas in here, most of which I agree with. I do think this one nugget is true, and also means so much more than the simple statement initially implies:

Way more people are reading ebooks on phones, while dedicated e-reader usage is falling.

To Shill a Mockingbird: How the discovery of a manuscript became Harper Lee's "new" novel

 •  Filed under Publishing, Harper Lee, Go Set A Watchman

To Shill a Mockingbird: How the discovery of a manuscript became Harper Lee’s “new” novel

This Washington Post article on the coming off Harper Lee's so-called new novel serves as a nice overview of Harper Lee's history as a writer. This feels very homey to me, too, given I know some of the people quoted. Also, the stories ring true to me as a person still living in Alabama.

JK Rowling Holds a Mirror Up to Publishing

 •  Filed under Fiction, Writing, Publishing, Writers, Authors, Stories, Author

JK Rowling Holds a Mirror Up to Publishing

I particularly like this quote from this piece on the changes in publishing:

What we lost when we lost bookstores was the concentrated power of the bookseller to promote works of particular merit--personal recommendations drove sales.

The author goes on to note how this affects literary fiction more than other forms, which I agree with. This, too, will change in time. Especially as sites like Storybird (which I work on, full disclosure) find ways to bridge the gap between accessible and art.