• The Authors Guild has launched its crusade to improve the terms of author-publisher contracts. We on the Street have seen some of the boilerplates in question, and are cheering the crusade on.
• A novel rejected 44 times has won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
• Amazon and Penguin Random House have signed a long-term sales agreement, closing the final chapter on Big Five resistance. No details were given.
• Nelson Doubleday Jr. has died. He was the last president of Doubleday & Company before it was sold to Bertelsmann, however, he’s best known as a former co-owner of the New York Mets.
• Could this be the death of the cookbook?
Almost half of all women over the age of 55 don’t use cookbooks anymore as websites such as AllRecipes and the Food Network continue to grow.
• Letters by Harper Lee, expected to fetch as much as $250,000 at auction, failed to sell when the bids pooped out at $90,000.
• The illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth is unimpressed with his work. He may be alone in this regard.
• Is Amazon being unfair to authors by introducing a new Kindle Unlimited royalties model? We think Amazon is one of the best friends an author can have. These things will work themselves out. More on the new model.
• While on the subject of whether Amazon is our friend, according to a recent survey, it’s considered the best company in America.
• Oh, and people seem to be happie with the new Paperwhite.
• A new E.L. James “Grey” book launched Thursday (18 June). She’s calling it Grey. It went to #1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble the day it was listed. If you want a taste of it, there’s no shortage of samples.
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