Podmentum 3: the one with ice cream and puppies


You can listen here on the blog, over here at PodOmatic, or via iTunes.

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.”

Felice Howden wrote a reply on Book Machine called Publishers We Need to Talk about how publishing employees need to communicate better with authors and readers.

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

Tim Ferriss and Amazon Try 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 3Who Wants to Read This Stuff?  

Joel on book apps and storytelling in the digital age

 

Recommendations

Joel – Faber apps The Wasteland and Sonnets

Mark – In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill and Seven Psychopaths

Anne – Small Demons and Negronis

 

  Podmentum is sponsored this week by Hot Down Under and Defender: Intrepid 1


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