munchman: Ain’t No Such Thing as Job Security for Writers

The Evil Capitalist Villain who fired our Jay! BOO!!! Ye Munchie One has just confirmed that Jay Gibson, the head writer for the WWE (that’s a huge wrestling network in case you don’t know) has been axed due to “budget cuts.” I can’t imagine that anybody reading this is surprised to learn that wrestling uses...

Wednesday News: Apple (finally) settles, Amazon v. Hachette (again, still), the virtues of small publishers, 100 books by black women authors

Report: Apple settles e-book pricing case with consumers – Surprise! Apple, which had previously held out against settling with consumers after being found guilty in the DOJ’s suit against Apple and the Big 5 publishers, has apparently agreed to settle. Just how much they will be paying has not yet been disclosed (they’ve been called...

Tuesday News: Computational literacy, Diana Norman’s daughter finishes mother’s book, cool bookstores, and Dear Author gets love at BEA

We Can Code It! Why computer literacy is key to winning the 21st century – A very interesting post on the importance of computational thinking to mastering the kind of skills necessary for computer literacy in the future. As the article points out, jobs in computer-science fields are increasing, while the number of students graduating...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/16/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Charles Wilson‘s Hugo-winning science fiction novel, Spin, has been bought by Universal Cable Prods for development as an “event” series. (And, yeppers, boys and girls, I’d be thrilled to know what an event series really is, so if you have a clue let me...

Picking Sides in Hachette-Amazon “War”

At BookExpo America last month, the buzz at the show wasn’t about any new titles or even any new apps, but about the bareknuckle brawl between Amazon and Hachette over eBook pricing. Now available at Soundcloud.com/BeyondtheBook is a new series of Beyond the Book “micro-casts” – brief audio recordings with pointed answers from journalists and analysts to...

The Future of Reading

Looking ahead to the American Libraries Association annual conference in Las Vegas later this month, Andrew Albanese takes stock of efforts by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group to influence the future direction of reading. “Formed three years ago when the library e-book market was in disarray, the group has done yeoman’s work in communicating with publishers, and even yielding...

Monday News: FutureBookHack UK Hackathon, Tribune spinning off newspapers, bookstore literally dumps books, and women writing crime fiction

FutureBookHack Category Winners revealed – Almost 100 hackers gathered at the University College London for the first FutureBookHack. Organized by The Bookseller and intended to address challenges set by publishers, the event spanned this past weekend and yielded a number of projects for both print and digital publishing. An overall prize of £5,000 will be...

Friday News: Teslas says no to patents, how Netflix uses data, RIP Ruby Dee, and July Jane Austen Festival

All Our Patent Are Belong To You – So Tesla has removed the “wall of patents” in its headquarters in the spirit of open source, and will not longer legally pursue anyone who uses its technology. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, believes that a “common, rapidly-evolving technology platform” will do more for the electric car business...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/13/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Charles Wilson‘s Hugo-winning science fiction novel, Spin, has been bought by Universal Cable Prods for development as an “event” series. (And, yeppers, boys and girls, I’d be thrilled to know what an event series really is, so if you have a clue let me...

The Second Coming of Nikki Finke

Hi, Nikki! We, the poor, downtrodden unemployed underclass of H’wood, salute your return to the interwebs. Just one request: No transubstantiation, please…? Why I Started NikkiFinke.com by Nikki Finke Let me just admit it: I’m old. I’m beat up. I’ve been used for target practice by every moron with a byline. But this morning I’m excited and...

Thursday News: Feedly & Evernote attacked, abuse allegations against Marion Zimmer Bradley , Amazon sells a lot of Hachette e-books, and Lego to sell female scientist figures

Feedly, Evernote And Others Become Latest Victims Of DDoS Attacks – So in case you haven’t been online in the past two days, Feedly and Evernote were hit with giant DDOS (denial of service) attacks that included a ransom from the attackers. Evernote seems to have recovered relatively quickly, but as of yesterday, Feedly was...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/11/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Gary Lennon (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) is developing a drama series for Showtime about a rehab community in Venice Beach during the ’80s. (Think Synanon but don’t say it cuz…lawsuits. Yer munch addic definitely would check this out, btw cuz…my dad, you know?)...

Wednesday News: HathiTrust wins against Author’s Guild, Kindle installment plan, book criticism hasn’t changed much, but thankfully love letters have

Fair Use Victory in HathiTrust Litigation – So this is the one about how the Author’s Guild sued the HathiTrust and lost. The HathiTrust — comprised of more than 80 academic and research institutions — created a digital library (the HathiTrust Digital Library) and then digitized more than ten million works for the Library. The...

Tuesday News: New suit against Apple et al, the recession’s effect on the US economy, writer’s envy, and truly funny cat video

Judge Says Price-Fixing Suit Filed by Retailers Can Proceed – Judge Cote has ruled that an antitrust suit brought by independent bookseller DNAML against Apple et al can move forward, likely in tandem with Lavoho, LLC and Abbey House Media (formerly Diesel and Books on Board). Question: Will these publishers ever get it? Amazon v...

Amazon? Hachette? Whose Side Are You On?

At BookExpo America last week, the buzz at the show wasn’t about any new titles, or even any new apps, but about the bare-knuckle brawl between Amazon and Hachette over e-book pricing. The debate raises sharp, difficult questions about what lies ahead for publishers and authors. Is Amazon really fighting for their customers’ sake, or is the...

Monday News: Social media pre-nups, ebooks in Amazon v. Hachette?, cover contest results, and antique book bound in human skin

People Are Getting Social Media Prenups – The title of the article says it all. Psychotherapist Karen Ruskin insists that the desire for such a pre-nup is indicative of deeper relationship problems. She also notes that sometimes people can get frustrated if their partner fails to mention something relationship-oriented on social media. I can see...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/8/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Keir Pearson (HOTEL RWANDA) is writing a History Channel mini-series about the Knights Templar. (Cuz THE VIKINGS has been giving mind-blowing ratings to that very same network and, thanks to GAME OF THRONES medieval life is very, very in on TV in general. Doesn’t...

Friday News: RIP Nook(?), Syracuse schools equip students with summer reading, the losers in Hachette v. Amazon, and a random reading project

So This Is How The Nook Ends – In his inimitable style, Mike Cane sounds the death knell for Nook, noting that the announcement by Barnes and Noble and Samsung to build “co-branded tablets” says more about how B&N has abandoned Nook than it does about the prospect of one more freaking tablet on the...

Thursday News: B&N defers digital audio plans, George RR Martin plans rest of series, rare audio readings, and multi-function jewelry

B&N Plans Return to Digital Audiobooks – Publishers Weekly is reporting that Barnes and Noble, which recent announced that it was closing its downloadable audio book business, is still interested in physical audiobooks, and will, at some point in the future, be re-introducing some form of digital audiobook. Filed under things that make you go...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/4/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair (newbies!) have deal to move their web series HIGH MAINTENANCE to Vimeo’s new on-demand service. (In other words, the New Age of Television is upon us. Real TV on the web. This is huger than a mega-blunt. Really. Yer Friendly...