Topic 1 – Why Publishers Hate Authors
HuffPo ran a piece by entrepreneur Michael Levin about his views on how publishers treat authors, including lines like
“It’s completely unfair, but destroying the options of a writer actually has some benefits for publishers. Which leads me to think that maybe publishers are actually happy when authors fail.”
She makes the point that a publishers job is to sell their authors, not themselves. I think we take a slightly different tack here at Momentum, in that we want to start a conversation around our authors that includes us, and is not simply facilitated by us.
Topic 2 – Tim Ferriss and Amazon Want to Reinvent Publishing
Barnes and Noble refuse to sell 4 hour chef because it is published by Amazon’s new publishing arm
“Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent,” Barnes & Noble announced earlier this year. “Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content.”
Topic 3 – Who Wants to Read This Stuff?
Joel on book apps and storytelling in the digital age
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