Dirt-cheap [e-] books benefit the very rich â€“ and the very dead. They might also help new authors to find a foothold and win an audience â€“ although, on that logic, newcomers should think about showcasing their work for nothing. Many do. But the almost-free digital novel hammers another nail into the coffin of a long-term literary career. Who cares? Readers should, if they cherish full-time authors who craft not safe genre pieces but distinctive book after distinctive book that build into a unique body of work.
Are books getting too cheap? via MOBYLIVES
And itâ€™s not the simple arithmetic that stops the heart. If you start tallying up the substance of womenâ€™s published work â€” whether women are writing 10,000-word feature articles, or whether they are responsible for the shorter filler pieces â€” it gets even more depressing. Or look at the topics that women are writing about. Frequently youâ€™ll find that the only articles with female bylines are about marriages and sex and divorce and child care.
Vida states, â€œThe truth is, these numbers donâ€™t lie. But that is just the beginning of this story.â€
â€˜Numbers donâ€™t lieâ€™: Addressing the gender gap in literary publishing | Need to Know.
Melville House (an indy publisher) has withdrawn from future participation in the Best Translated Book Awards citing Amazonâ€™s â€œpredatory and thuggish practices…â€
Big news, and worth noting, considering this house publishes more in translation than Knopf or Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
(via The Millions)