Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pay-what-you-want e-books

Is this the new income model for established writers who were initially launched by print publishers? The Guardian has published an article about a pay-what-you-want e-book bundle that includes content by successful writer Neil Gaiman. I think it would only work for writers with an existing fan base.

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Booker judges “showing poor form”

Literary critic Horace Tweed-Bottomley is “appalled” that Hilary Mantel—a woman and a graduate of Sheffield University—has beaten Will Self to the 2012 Man Booker Prize. “A chap expects another Oxbridge chap to win. I mean, Self’s one of ours, an Exeter College chap. I’d consider a chap from the other university, but Mantel’s a lady. And is Sheffield a university?

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Journalists validate satirist’s research

The shocking truth revealed: Man Booker prize judges favour middle-aged white male Oxford and Cambridge graduates Today I spoke to our literary expert, Horace Tweed-Bottomley, about The Guardian’s charts on what it takes to win the Man Booker Prize. The Guardian’s statistics confirm the research in Horace’s own article from 27 August 2011, How to win the Booker prize (or

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How should writers earn income from e-book loans?

In participating countries, writers earn income when their printed books are borrowed from public libraries or schools and universities. This takes place under the Public Lending Rights (PLR) and Educational Lending Rights (ELR) schemes and compensates writers for lost sales. Publishing and distribution technology has changed but the PLR and ELR schemes have not kept pace. That is, writers aren’t

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Books for book nerds

“[T]hey were sure of nothing save that the books were on file behind their quiet eyes, the books were waiting, with their pages uncut, for the customers who might come by in later years …” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 “We didn’t go to church, but we did go to the library.” Julian Barnes, A Life with Books Sydney Writers’ Centre

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Money

Lick an ashtray and wash it down with some hamburger grease and scotch. Grab a porn magazine. You’re now ready to join the world of John Self. No thanks? I said the same thing too, initially, but Martin Amis’s novel rewarded my persistence. At around page 80, I was experiencing doubts about finishing this book*. So far, TV ad man

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Uncommon pleasures

Alan Bennett made a fool of me on the bus and the train during peak hour. Yes, I blame Bennett for making me look like a loony on public transport. I was reading The Uncommon Reader and couldn’t get the stupid grin off my face. I even sniggered at one point; I think the person next to me would have

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