Legal Considerations for Authors

For writers and publishers, there are a lot of interesting things to consider when it comes to the law. For writers looking to go the traditionally published route, there's a lot to keep in mind contract-wise, including, according to Kristine Kathryn Rusch, control, fairness, and clout. She explains that you want as much control over your …

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Guest Post: Piracy on the High Ether

By Valley Brown - author of Speeding Tickets Piracy can be a serious issue for indie authors of ebooks. Valley Brown explains her personal experiences with digital piracy, and what she did to fight it. The Internet is a vast ocean swarming with pirates. So I had been warned by any number of publishing professionals and …

What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 3

A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and …

The Effects of Digital Publishing

I've been saying for a while that ebooks should take advantage of being digital and able to be produced quickly, so it's exciting to see that publishers are finally embracing that (not that I claim they are listening to me!). Tomorrow morning, Random House will be releasing an ebook about Osama bin Laden, now that …

12/12/10: This Week in Publishing

In Scandanavia, readers and libraries want more e-books and are getting e-books from other countries. But publishers distrust libraries, thinking they help piracy, and they are facing a dilemma with pricing and copyright protection. SCANDINAVIA: e-Book market uncertainty Even though there's a lot of news about more schools using e-textbooks, a recent study shows that …

Even Writers Can Have a Reality Show

Ok, maybe it hasn't gone that far yet, but there has been a breakthrough in the way novels are written and promoted. It's called The Novel : Live! and it involved 36 authors coming together for six days in Seattle and completing a novel. Basically, it's awesome. And to keep things interesting, after each 12-hour …