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NEH Backs 36 Books By "Journalist-Historians"

The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected the first 36 recipients in their new Public Scholar program, which "supports well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership." The initiative awards 6- and 12-month grants, paying writers $4,200 a month (resulting in grants worth $25,200…

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Wendy McCurdy will return to Kensington, as editorial director, starting August 3. She was previously an executive editor at Berkley and prior to that a senior editor at Bantam Dell after starting her career at Kensington's Zebra Books. Philip Turner has returned to his roots as a bookseller, working at the new Rizzoli Bookstore in New York,…

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Authors United Finally Writes to DOJ Asking Amazon Inquiry, Joined by Authors Guild and ABA

It was September of 2014 that author Douglas Preston showed the FT a letter being drafted by New American Foundation senior fellow Barry Lynn asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations, and said Lynn was preparing a full report. That letter and position paper, finally ready…

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Authors Guild Addresses "Inadequate e-Book Royalties"

As part of their series of Fair Contract Initiative communications, the Authors Guild has a long post on "today's inadequate e-book royalties," asserting that "half of net proceeds is the fair royalty rate for e-books." The post acknowledges one of the big structural obstacles to change: "Major book publishers have…

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Watching the WATCHMAN Excerpts in Multiple Countries

Just after midnight EDT the opening chapter of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN was excerpted simultaneously in the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and the Sydney Morning Herald, accounting for the major English-language territories in which the book will be published July 14. Each outlet also included an audio…

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The Pay-Per-Page Era Begins

As of yesterday, Amazon officially moved subscription payments for self-published ebooks in the Kindle Unlimited program to their new system of paying by the number of pages read by subscribers. In an email to participating authors, the company said that in June subscribers read over 1.9 billion pages (as measured…

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Kelly Bowen has joined Arcadia Publishing and the History Press as director of marketing and corporate communications. She was previously publicity director at Algonquin Books. Springer Nature (the newly combined Springer + Macmillan Science and Education) has created a new policy & external relations team led by evp Eric Merkel-Sobotta, and a…

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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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Jeff James will join Thomas Nelson as vp, marketing for Nelson Books on June 29. Previously he was the founder and ceo of Mythology, a marketing consulting practice for Fortune 500 firms. Steven Sussman will join Skyhorse as director of sales on June 29. Previously he was director of sales…

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Kim Shannon has been promoted to vp, director, retail sales at Penguin Random House. Awards The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Tanya Landman for Buffalo Soldier, while the Greenaway Medal was given to William Grill for Shackleton's Journey, which he wrote and illustrated. Grill is the youngest prize winner (at…

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