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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

German Authors Unite Against Amazon

amazon304German-language writers have joined their English-language counterparts and organized a protest against Amazon.

More than 1,000 authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have come together to challenge Amazon for hurting authors in its negotiations with the Bonnier Group. In a letter addressed to readers and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, writers have accused Amazon of not carrying popular books as a result of dispute. In addition, they claim that Amazon has manipulated recommendation lists at the expense of their books.

“We authors are of the opinion that no book seller hinder or even customers should discourage the purchase of books selling books,” reads the letter (translated in Google). “Amazon has no right,  to take ‘into jail,’ a group of authors, which is not involved in the conflict. On top of that a book seller should not inform its own clients incorrectly or hinder their purchases by artificially extended delivery times.” (Via The New York Times).

Sample the Best Science Fiction of 2014

hugoawardThe 2014 Hugo Award winners have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the winning books for your reading pleasure.

The winners were introduced at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

A total of 3,587 ballots were cast this year. Read more

Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti Says Only Writers & Readers Are Necessary

amazon304Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president at Amazon & head of Kindle, thinks that the publishing industry is experiencing a major shift.

The Guardian published quote from Grandinetti over the weekend, in which the Amazon exec said: ”The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”

Last week, more than 900 authors ran a letter to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The letter, which included signatures from bestselling authors Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins, asked Bezos to end the company’s dispute with Hachette. Amazon responded with an email to readers, calling readers to email the president of Hachette and demand lower eBook prices.

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED.

Global Second Languages: INFOGRAPHIC

graphicForeign rights and translations into other languages offer book authors and publishers a way to find new readers and in turn, sell more books.

While it is important to think about the first language in a foreign country, you may also want to consider that people in other countries might be willing to read your book in a language that is not their mother tongue. After all, many foreign nationals speak and read more than one language.

Movehub has created an infographic highlighting the second most common language for many countries around the world. This image can help you figure out if you need a translation at all. After all, it might be a lot of work to translate your book into Swedish, and many Swedes can read in English. We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

Julia MacKay & Greg Freed Join Content Acquisition Team at Scribd

scribdappJulia MacKay and Greg Freed have joined the Content Acquisition team at eBook subscription company Scribd. MacKay will serve as the Manager of Content Acquisition based in Scribd’s New York office and Freed will serve as Content Operations Specialist in Scribd’s San Francisco headquarters.

MacKay comes to Scribd from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where she spent 3.5 years working in foreign rights. Prior to her stint at the literary agency, she was an intern at Stephanie Dolgoff/Fletcher & Company. She has a BA in Government, Law & Society from Cornell University.

Freed has spent more than 8 years working in the publishing industry. He comes to Scribd from RosettaBooks, where he spent more than three years as the company’s  Director of Production and Distribution. He has also worked for Penguin and Scholastic. Freed has a BA in Great Texts of the Western Tradition from Baylor University and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

German Art Book Publisher Gestalten to Bring Children’s Books to U.S. Market

26407-1Gestalten, a German-based book publisher that specializes in titles on art, architecture, design and photography for adults, is launching a new imprint in the U.S. catering to children.

Back in April, the company launched its first line of children’s books under the name Kleine Gestalten. The Little Gestalten imprint will bring English-language versions of the publisher’s kids books to small readers in the U.S. market.

Publishers Weekly has the scoop: “Little Gestalten’s kickoff titles reflect the eclectic nature of the imprint, which will also include non-book sidelines. Debut releases include Elsa and the Night by Jöns Mellgren, a bedtime story about a girl who hides the night in her cookie jar; The Zoo’s Grand Opening: An ABC and Counting Book by Judith Drews, which introduces an alphabetical menagerie of zoo animals; andIssun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori, a Japanese fairytale.”

Mary Jane Karwoski & Annie Philbrick Join Binc Foundation Board

BInCLogos4Booksellers Mary Jane Karwoski and Annie Philbrick has joined the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Karwoski is currently Vice President of Human Resources for Books-A-Million, as well as president of the company’s charitable foundation the Associate Assistance Fund. “I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Binc Foundation, knowing how it has helped and supported people within the book industry for years,” stated Karwoski. “I look forward to learning, and to making a contribution as a board member.”

Philbrick is an indie bookseller, the owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT. She is on the board of the American Booksellers Association and has also served on the NEIBA Advisory Council for two years and was NEIBA President for the past two years. “Binc played a major role in our store’s survival after a Tropical Storm Sandy and has helped our booksellers with financial support and academic scholarships,” stated Philbrick. “I am therefore thrilled to serve on the Board and contribute in any way I can in return for their continued support. They are a generous organization in the book industry.”

Lindsay Lohan Says Memoir Will Be a Trilogy

UnknownActress Lindsay Lohan is working on her memoir and she expects the story to be delivered as a three-part volume.

The book will be based on her journals, which she has been keeping since she was a child actor. In the book, she’ll talk about her family issue and drug problems, as well as work she has done with girls in India.

“I would never write to violate someone else or objectify them, that’s not my intention,” The Mean Girls star told MailOnline. “I like to write because it’s like therapy for me. I want to put a lot of photos and cool stuff, it will probably be like a trilogy, like Harry Potter because there’s so many.”

Lohan did not reveal if she was working with a publisher on the project. Lohan herself is the subject of two books. The Lindsay Lohan Story by Ally Croft and Lindsay Lohan: Talented and Troubled by Meredith Miller.

Amazon & Purdue University Team on Textbook Selling

purdueuniversityAmazon has teamed up with Purdue University in Indiana to sell discounted textbooks to college students.The Purdue Student Store on Amazon will offer textbooks for up to 30 percent off.

students can use the site to rent or  buy new and used print textbooks, as well as to purchase and rent digital textbooks from Kindle. Students can order books online and pick them up at locations on Purdue’s campus. They can also have the books shipped to them directly.

“This relationship is another step in Purdue’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for our students,” explained Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, in a statement. “With the pressure on college campuses to reduce costs, this new way of doing business has the potential to change the book-buying landscape for students and their families.”

X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Written a Sci-Fi Novel

vision-of-fire-9781476776521_lgX-Files star Gillian Anderson has teamed up with author Jeff Rovin to write her first book.

A Vision of Fire is a sci-fi novel about single mom, child psychiatrist Caitlin O’Hara whose world is turned upside down when her teen client starts speaking in tongues. Simon & Schuster is releasing the title in October, but has made an excerpt available through the Simon451 Fall 2014 Preview Sampler.

Check it out: “It was an unseasonably warm October morning, better suited for a stroll than a stride, but Ganak Pawar and his daughter maintained their usual quick pace up the East Side of Manhattan.”

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