The Week in Publishing


by J Tanner

Catch up on the industry news and opinion you may have missed this week.

Trade Publishing

  • Scott Turow, president of The Author’s Guild weighs in on the impending signs of a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against five of the six major publishers and Joe Konrath & Barry Eisler fire back with an opposing viewpoint.
  • Round two has Scott Turow expanding on his Author’s Guild essay via Salon, and Joe Konrath countering solo this time.

The New World of Publishing

  • According to Smashwords, Paypal has backtracked almost completely on its crackdown on certain types of gray-area erotica and Smashwords is now rolling back to its previous terms of service. Apparently consumer and media outcry played a role in Paypal’s decision.
  • Publisher John Wiley & Sons has taken a page from the music industry and is filing lawsuits against currently anonymous e-book file sharers.

Miscellaneous

  • The odd tale of Fifty Shades of Grey’s path from fan fiction, to self-published bestseller, to seven-figure deal with a major publisher, and nearly full circle to potential copyright infringement?
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