Dog-Eared and Dispatched: March 6, 2016
Book news this week is consumed by announcements of the sale of Perseus Books Group, which was acquired on the publishing side by Hachette, and on the distribution side by Ingram. Other news includes editors joining authors on a book tour and the importance of changes in copyright law. Ready? Set? Read!
- Perseus Books Group has been acquired by Hachette on the publishing side, and by Ingram Content Group on the distribution side.
- Major publishers have contributed to an “Open eBooks” initiative, designed to get top-selling ebooks in the hands of low-income kids at no cost to them.
- A trio of editors from science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor shadowed their authors on a road trip book tour.
- Digital Book World suggests that publishing needs to learn from newer creative sectors, such as video gaming.
- Dr. Jessica Sänger of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association discusses the global implications of changing copyright laws.
- There’s probably not a $150,000 literary prize in your email junk folder, but for at least one author, her notice on winning the lucrative Windham-Campbell prize ended up there.
- Harry Potter fans crowdfunded and created the 25-minute fan film “Severus Snape and the Marauders.”
- Penguin Random House launches “This Is the Author” podcast, where authors are interviewed about the experience of narrating their own audiobooks.