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Philosophers Launch a News Site

philosophersmailThe School of Life has created a new news site called The Philosophers’ Mail, which looks a lot like The Daily Mail but has a very unusual take on headlines.

Rather than just report big stories, the team of journalists are writing these stories from the point of view of  philosophers. For example, today’s headlines are: “How Much We Wanted Amanda Knox to Get Away With It,” “Kristen Stewart’s Socks Provide Lesson in Friendship,” and “One Bowl of Dutch Strawberries Could Save Your Relationship.” The site categorizes news into various themes including: Perspective, Tragedy, Disaster, Virtues, Capitalism, Shopping, Utopia and Relationships.

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Vidahlia Press is Hosting Prison Writing Contest

inkVidahlia Press and Publishing House is hosting their first prison writing contest called INK. The contest is open to anyone that has served time in the last year and is accepting submissions in five categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novel.

More than 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities throughout the country plan to participate in the contest. The deadline for submissions is February 1st and the winners will be announced on July 4th.

The winning submissions will be part of an anthology, which will be published on Pubsoft’s digital publishing platform. The winners will also get tuition covered for a year for an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program. Pubsoft is assisting Vidahlia and their INK: Prison Writing Contest

 

Simon & Schuster Signs Book Deal With 3D Gun Maker

codywilsonCody Wilson, the creator of the first 3D-printable gun, has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for $250,000, according to a report in Forbes.

The working title is Negative Liberty, and will be a nonfiction account of  Wilson’s mission to create the first 3D-printable gun.

“The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark,” Wilson told Forbes. “It won’t be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers…a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing.”

Crowdfund Your Book With Pubslush

pubslushAre you looking for funding for your book? Check out Pubslush, a crowd funding platform specifically for books.

Using the platform, you can create a listing page for your book, as well as an author page to help tell readers what you are all about. Then you decide your funding goal, as well as the duration of time you’d like to run the campaign. Like on Kickstarter, you can build  prizes and rewards for your sponsors. once your listing is up, readers can access it on the site by browsing books. The site features books in many genres.

The company just released a new level of membership called Pubslush Pro, a program that allows publishers to make branded crowdfunding pages. This level of access gives publishers access to quantifiable data on customers.

Vintage Books to Publish Book on Edward Snowden

vintagebooksVintage Books, an imprint of , will publish a book about Edward Snowden next month called The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.

Luke Harding, an award-winning journalist for The Guardian, will author the book that tells the story of the man who broke and continues to leak news of The NSA’s massive technology spying program.

Here is more from the press release: “The first, and definitive, book on Edward Snowden, THE SNOWDEN FILES deftly synthesizes many disparate sources and strands of this story into one cohesive insider narrative that reads like an espionage novel.  THE SNOWDEN FILES will be published by Vintage Books as a paperback original on February 11, 2014.”

The book will be available as a paperback and an eBook in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, China, Korea, Norway, Holland, Portugal and Japan.

How Much Do Acquisitions Editors Earn?

glassdoorWhen you are looking for a new job, one of the daunting tasks can be determining your salary requirements. You want to ask for enough to make the job worth your while, but you don’t want to ask for so much that you are not considered. So how much money do editors make?

Using the anonymous job site Glassdoor, we found that the average salary for an acquisitions editor at a publishing house is $59,472 a year. These salaries are self-reported by employees and may include editors at different stages in their careers, at different publishing houses and in different locations around the country where salaries might vary.

The site breaks out figures from specific companies. For example, at Pearson, the average salary for an acquisitions editor is $88,250. At Elsevier it’s $60,000, and at Publications International, it is $31,996. At Bloomsbury, an associate acquisitions editor makes about $60,000.

India Expected to Publish More English Language Books

indiaPublishers in India are looking to publish more English language titles, according to news out of the Jaipur Literature Festival this week.

Aditi Maheshwari, Director Vani Publications spoke at the festival this week and said, “India may dream in Hindi, sleep in Hindi, but it aspires to read in English. The population of Hindi readers is much fewer than English readers in India,” according to a report in Press Trust of India.

 The Financial Times points out that India’s publishing is about a $1.6 billion business according to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and it is expect to grow 30 percent a year. Here is more from the news site: “Of the 90,000 new books produced every year in 24 different languages, Hindi publications make up about 26 per cent and English language books 24 per cent. It’s all part of the ‘globalisation’ of literature. The pressure to write in English – and the queue of authors keen for their work to be translated – was a big topic at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival this weekend, especially during one session on the Global Novel.”

Simon & Schuster Sold eBooks in 200 Countries Last Year

simonSimon & Schuster experienced its greatest growth in the international marketplace last year, particularly in digital titles in English language countries abroad, according to Carolyn Reidy, President & CEO, who spoke on a panel at the Digital Book World conference in New York today.

The publisher’s international eBook business is growing at a faster rate than US eBook sales, because these countries are catching up, she said. Last year, the publisher sold eBooks in 200 different countries including a copy of The Sun Also Rises in Antarctica. Reidy said that the publisher is seeing an opportunity in these digital sales and that it is not affecting physical sales. She said that there is a great opportunity for foreign book retailers to sell English-language titles in non-English speaking countries, but they have yet to capitalize on this yet.

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Kensington Publishing Has Acquired eBook Publisher Lyrical Press

lyricalpressIndie publishing house Kensington Publishing Corp. has acquired the eBook publishing company Lyrical Press, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings 250 romance, YA, and genre fiction titles from Lyrical Press’ backlist into the Kensington collection. Lyrical Press will continue to operate under its current name under Kensington Publishing’s umbrella. Kensington will continue to acquire new titles for the digital imprint. The titles will also be available as print-on-demand editions.

Adam Zacharius, Kensington’s Director of Special Projects and Alternative Media will over see the imprint, and Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press’ founder, will serve as Managing Director of the imprint. Read more

Pearson’s Nonprofit Division to Pay $7.5 M Settlement

pearsonfoundationThe Pearson Foundation, Pearson’s nonprofit division has agreed to pay a $7.5 million settlement, to end an inquiry  by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which alleged that the company used funds to mix business with foundation work.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing, but admitted that they could have been more transparent. Here is more from the company’s blog:

Over the past two years, the Foundation has taken several steps to strengthen its governance, beginning with the addition of independent directors to the board and the adoption of stronger operational systems. Under the settlement, these efforts will be further enhanced by the creation of a three-person audit committee.

“The law on this is clear: Non-profit foundations cannot misuse charitable assets to benefit their affiliated for-profit corporations,” stated Schneiderman in a press release. “Moving forward,  funds for Pearson Charitable Foundation will be used exclusively for legitimate charitable purposes, beginning with millions of dollars to help ensure that every public school student has a great teacher in the classroom.”

The money will go to support the work of education nonprofit 100Kin10, and will be placed in a fund managed by the Attorney General. (Via NPR).

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