Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Literary agencies and ebook publishing: fad or future?

Many moons ago, I wondered whether literary agents would thrive or be cast adrift in the ever-shifting waters of the publishing industry. With the emergence of a vast array of … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Veni, vidi, whoa.

*For a crash course in how the sale of foreign rights works, please scroll to the bottom. “You’re going to want to take a vow of silence for a week … Continue reading

November 1, 2012

Social media: The good, the bad, and the sneaky

As with almost every other feature of the digital landscape, social media have presented both a blessing and a curse to authors eager to stake their claims to this new … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Beauty and the book

The other day, for the first time in months, I bought a real paper book. Since getting my iPad, I’ve been so caught up in the instant gratification of purchasing … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

The consumer/reader divide

*5/15: As of last week, seventeen more states have joined the amended suit against Apple and the “Agency Five” publishers. As a voracious reader of literary fiction—and more than my … Continue reading

May 14, 2012

Content IS king

Remember when Apple was a technology company, Google a search and advertising company, and Amazon an online retailer? Those were the days. Granted, Apple hasn’t opened a publishing division (yet), … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Digital kids

I normally don’t find the world of children to be particularly compelling, but even I have to admit that being a kid in the digital age is increasingly a pretty … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Why Amazon Publishing gives literary agents pause

These days, Amazon is pretty much the poster child for what happens when you insist on having your fancy cake and eating it, too. Back in January, Amazon Publishing entered … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

An interview with Leslie Brokaw

Leslie Brokaw is a contributing editor to MIT Sloan Management Review and helps manage daily operations of its website, In recent years, Leslie served as editor-in-chief of Leader magazine, a … Continue reading

March 7, 2012

The future is here: AI toys and Google virtual reality glasses

In the past, I’ve been consistently optimistic with regard to the turbulence generated by the digital revolution. Let’s update reading, I’ve been saying; let’s enhance it and glitz it up … Continue reading

March 1, 2012

Why literary agents are here to stay

Apparently I’ve been asking a lot of existential questions lately. Do books still matter, where is the publishing industry headed, are ebook apps in the grip of death throes? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

International News Sampler

Microsoft Ireland is partnering with textbook publisher CJ Fallon to provide digital textbooks for the September 2012 school year, promising savings of 25% for schools and students that transition to … Continue reading

February 17, 2012

Are ebook apps dead? Far from it.

A little while ago, I came across this Salon article about enhanced ebooks, and how they’re all jazz hands and glitter without any useful enhancement. I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

International News Sampler

For the third year running, New York City is hosting the Festival Neue Literatur, which selects a group of rising young authors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, bringing them to … Continue reading

February 10, 2012

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