Dog-Eared and Dispatched: February 7, 2016
Amazon news crashes through the book world again with rumors of 300 to 400 hundred bookstores they plan to open—though that number is likely not accurate—and the always-beloved Ursula K. Le Guin will be getting a documentary by mid-2017.
The big news this week is a swirl of rumors that Amazon may be opening a slew of new brick-and-mortar bookstores—and possibly also retail stores. The early rumor suggested numbers in the hundreds, but later reports say only dozens. Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin predicts that Amazon could leverage physical bookstores into twisting publishers’ arm to use their print-on-demand capabilities more, which would remove Amazon’s need to purchase from a publisher’s original press print run while cutting into the publisher’s margin and efficiency of said press run. Whether or not Amazon is planning to open retail stores, and whether or not their planned stores number in the hundreds, the corporation has placed job ads for booksellers in southern California. As usual, Amazon will not comment on any speculation. [Wall Street Journal, Re/code, Digital Reader, Idea Logical Company, Publishers Weekly]
- The Flowstate writing app deletes everything if you stop typing for more than five seconds, for timed intervals of five to 180 minutes. Effective, or terrifying?
- As you’ve no doubt recently read, print isn’t dead, and the latest run of data indicates that 92 percent of college students prefer print to e-reading.
- A spoken-word poet Sarah Kay’s “Mrs Ribeiro” poetry reading goes viral.
- An international publishing consultant considers the International Publishers Association’s inclusion of China and Saudi Arabia in the midst of “freedom of expression” debates.
- Check out the weird writing practices of ten well-known authors in this infographic—is one of your favorites among them?
- Support via Kickstarter for an Ursula K. Le Guin documentary blasts past the initial goal, and the final product should be available in mid-2017.
- Google and Visual Editions joined to launch Editions at Play, a digital bookstore “for books that cannot be printed.”