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Milo Yiannopoulos Loses Book Deal Over Pro-Pedophilia Position
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Feb 2017 at 4:56pm

Simon and Schuster was fine with signing a $250,000 book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos even though he is atransphobic, misogynistic, anti-semitic troll who likes to hurt people. Butonce everyone learned that Milo was in favor of pedophilia, well, that was a bridge too far. Milo announced the deal's cancellation on Facebook, and S&S later confirmed the news in a statement: After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos. The current furor was sparked when someone noticed that Milo had argued in favor of pedophilia in a podcast in early January.The Guardian, Boston Globe, andPWhave reported on this story, but here iskicker: Milo has since denied making these statements, but in reality he first espoused this view back in April 2016, and then elaborated on the point last month. I have embedded both videos below:      


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Rumor: Apple to Launch 10.5? iPad in March
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Feb 2017 at 1:27pm

Here's some news that is bound to make some of us long for the days when Apple carried a single model in each of its product lines. MacRumors reports that Apple is going to launch a new iPad next month as well as revamp existing models: In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March. If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button. Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro?it now says 10.5-inch?will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its edge-to-edge design. The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer. The blog also previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will [...]


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Amazon to Launch Audible in India?
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Feb 2017 at 8:57am

Amazon is reportedly talking with Indian publishers about launching Audible in India: Amazon, the world?s largest online retailer, wants to bring Audible, its audio books streaming service, to India. For that it has been talking to the biggest book publishers in the country, such as Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, as well as the Chiki Sarkar-led start-up, Juggernaut. Executives in charge of Amazon?s global operations were recently in India to talk to book publishers, said two persons in the books industry. A spokesperson for Amazon India declined to comment. The two persons who confirmed talks with Amazon?s global executives also said that the pricing of audio books was proving to be tricky. Some publishers want more money, while some others are concerned about how the revenue from audio books will accrue to the authors since Amazon likes to work on a subscription model for streaming Audio books, not on a pay-per-book model. Audible would be Amazon?s next big gambit in India after Prime Video, a subscription-based streaming service for movies and television shows. Equally important, Audible will raise Amazon?s play in Indian publishing. That's going to be a tricky move for Amazon. It's not just the language issues (India has [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 20 February 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
19 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. Being an Irish author is more of a Grimm fairytale than a Cinderella story (The Irish Times,The Passive Voice) Pirate Site With No Traffic Attracts 49m Mainly Bogus DMCA Notices (TorrentFreak) Preferring Certain Types of Books as eBooks More Than Print (Book Riot) The State of iBooks in Early 2017 (TidBITS) This year's biggest book adaptations ? and which ones are worth reading first (The Guardian) imageby Rose PT


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On Hiring ?Sensitivity Readers? to Flag Potentially Offensive Content
by Nate Hoffelder
18 Feb 2017 at 1:33pm

TheChicago Tribunepublished an article earlier this week which, ironically enough, might have benefitedfrom exactlythe assistance described in the article. Before a book is published and released to the public, it's passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author's friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor. These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as "dealing with terminal illness," "racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families" or "transgender issues." ... Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate - fueled in part by social media - in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group. Last year, for instance, J.K. Rowling was strongly criticized by Native American readers and scholars for her portrayal of Navajo traditions in the 2016 story "History of Magic in North America." Young-adult author Keira Drake was forced to revise her fantasy novel "The Continent" after an [...]


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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for wee...
by Paul Biba
18 Feb 2017 at 9:13am

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor of Teleread. One document at a time: How a history professor is digitally preserving pieces of Cuba's history (The Shorthorn) The official Ogilvy Key Digital Trends for 2017. Interesting predictions. (Booknet Canada) NSR Post: ProQuest launches free access to its databases for researchers affected by travel ban (No Shelf Required) The View From the Top of Amazon?s Heap (John Scalzi) Which digital book format has the most growth potential? (Joe Wikert) Publishers: We need your data to put together an up-to-date picture of the state of Can. digital publishing in 2016! (Booknet Canada) Edge Web Browser Reads eBooks Aloud in Latest Windows 10 Build (The Digital Reader) Western Sydney U. Provides E-Textbooks From 60 Academic Publishers to Students via ProQuest?s Ebook Central Platform (Infodocket) Today is #WorldRadioDay! Explore nearly 8,000 historic #pubmedia radio recordings in our online portal: (American Archive) NSR Post: Croatia Reads was not about Croatia [but about free access to books for all mankind] (No Shelf Required) ProQuest?s new white paper explores obstacles and opportunities in managing collections (print and electronic) (No Shelf Required) Apple to Publishers, Authors: No MFN Enforcement in Canada [...]


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Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Increases by $1 Million as the Per-Page Royalty...
by Nate Hoffelder
17 Feb 2017 at 2:42pm

Amazon saw a better than expected jump in Kindle Unlimited usage last month. The retailer reported on its support forum that the KDP funding pool had jumped to $17.8 million, an increase of a million dollars from December 2016. The news not all good, however; the per-page rate fell in every market where we have data. Here in the USthe December royalty was 0.52396 cents, which dropped to 0.4754 cents in January. US: $0.0048 (USD) Germany:?0.0033 (EUR) France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands:?0.0047 (EUR) Brazil: R$ 0.01150 (BRL) Mexico: 0.0791 (MXN) UK, Australia, India, Japan, Canada: nodata This drop is the per-page rate follows the expected annual pattern; there is usually a spike in KU usage in Januarydue to all the Kindles and Fire tablets sold the month before. The rate will likely increase again in February as trial users drop out. P.S. Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month. July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month) August 2014: $4.7 million September 2014: $5 million October 2014: $5.5 million November 2014: $6.5 million December 2014: $7.25 million January 2015 - $8.5 million February 2015: $8million March 2015: [...]


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On the Coming Demise/Decline of Indie Christian Fiction
by Nate Hoffelder
17 Feb 2017 at 1:04pm

Last month book agentChip MacGregor made a number of predictions on the future of Christian fiction. I don't agree with any of his more bold predictions, and in fact I don't think he knows what he is talking about. But something about the way he wrote made me question whether ourdifferent viewpoints stemmed fromChristian fiction possibly being a unique market niche. And so I would like to open thispost for debate. Let's start with a prediction whichmakes absolutely no sense toanyone who follows the greater digital publishing industry: There?s going to be a push to offer new books on mobile phone applications first. Publishers havefigured out that people under 30 want to read books on their phones, so there?s going to be manytitles that follow the video game market and are offered to mobile readers before anyone else. See, this is one of the predictions that just doesn't make sense from my vantage point. Kindle is the majority of the trade ebook market, and releasing the Kindle ebook alongside print is SOP, so why would one release ebooks just for mobile phone apps? I don't see it, and I am also stumped by his prediction that: Barnes and Noble will [...]


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Audiobooks.com App Update Adds Support for Android Wear
by Nate Hoffelder
17 Feb 2017 at 7:43am

Android Wear owners have long been able to use their wrist-born smartphone accessories to control audiobook playback in the OverDrive app, and now they have similar control over the Audiobooks.com app. TheAudiobooks.com app for Android was updated this week ith support for Android Wear 2.0.   Here's the changelog; WHAT'S NEW Thanks for using Audiobooks.com! This update includes new compatibility with Android Wear smartwatches, allowing users to: Launch the Audiobooks.com app from their smartwatch Listen to any audiobook in their My Books library Access controls for play, pause, forward, rewind and volume Browse select free books and featured samples This update also fixes bug throughout. Google Playvia Android Police


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Morning Coffee ? 17 February 2016
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. 7 Reasons Why No One Is Reading Your Blog (Book Promotion Hub) 9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon (Jane Friedman) An Ode to Bookstore Customers (Book Riot) Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group (Writer Beware) Western Sydney University makes etextbooks available for free to all first-year students (N S R) Why We Love To Hate Grammarians (LitReactor) imageby shinya


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Audiobook Sales Up at HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Feb 2017 at 1:55pm

Three different trade publishers released their financial reports in the past week, and while the ebook news ranged from bad to nonexistent, the reports of audiobook sales were generally positive. Simon & Schuster parent company CBS released its annual report yesterday. Oddly enough, it focused far more on the 4th quarter than the year, so instead hereis PW's report: Simon & Schuster finished 2016 with a small drop in revenue compared to 2015 but with a modest increase in earnings, parent company CBS reported. Revenue for the year was $767 million, down 1.8% from 2015 sales of $780 million. Operating income increased 4.4%, to $119 million. The revenue decline was due in part to a soft fourth quarter in which sales dropped 10.3%, to $209 million, but earnings increased 5.8%, to $36 million. The sales drop in the quarter was attributed to difficult comparisons to the last quarter of 2015, when Stephen King?s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams was a big bestseller. ... S&S's strongest performing division in 2016 was audio, which benefited from another year of double-digit growth in digital audio, Reidy said. The increase in sales in digital audio helped to offset some of the decline in e-books, [...]


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