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Newspaper Guild President Challenges Arianna Huffington

After calling on unpaid Huffington Post writers to strike, Newspaper Guild president Bernie Lunzer published an open letter to  Arianna Huffington today about the controversial issue.

Online, Lunzer’s letter included the dramatic image posted above–a poster created by the Guild Freelancers. What do you think is the ideal resolution to this public debate?

Here’s an excerpt: “When The Newspaper Guild urged other writers to honor the digital picket line, your spokesman Mario Ruiz said, ‘We stand squarely behind The Newspaper Guild’s mission of ensuring that media professionals receive fair compensation.’ We invite you to demonstrate this commitment by sitting down with the Guild to begin a dialog about the future of journalism. We would like to discuss the values that we share, and build upon them to meet the rapid changes and demands taking place in the industry.”

Arianna Huffington Responds to Huffington Post Strike

According to The Wrap, Arianna Huffington told unhappy bloggers “Go ahead, go on strike” at a conference yesterday–arguing that her site employs 183 journalists and that “no one really notices” the strike.

Here’s more from the article: “[Huffington] argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the ‘Today’ show to promote their ideas. And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.”

Earlier this week, Visual Art Source publisher Bill Lasarow called for unpaid HuffPo bloggers to strike. He stopped posting his publication’s content on The Huffington Post until the online site began to pay writers and separated editorial and promotional content.  What do you think?

AOL to Buy The Huffington Post for $315 Million

AOL announced today that they will acquire The Huffington Post for $315 million. Readers have responded passionately to this news and we’ve collected some responses below.

Founder and author Arianna Huffington will now supervise “all Huffington Post and AOL content, including news, tech, women, local, multicultural, entertainment, video, community, and more.” According to the release, the combined media company will have 117 million unique visitors and and 270 million worldwide.

Here’s more from the release: “The Huffington Post will continue on the same path we have been on for the last six years – though now at light speed – by combining with AOL. Our readers will still be able to come to the Huffington Post at the same URL, and find all the same content they’ve grown to love, plus a lot more – more local, more tech, more entertainment, more finance, and lots more video … By uniting AOL and The Huffington Post, we are creating one of the largest destinations for smart content and community on the Internet. And we intend to keep making it better and better.”

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The Collected Criticism of an Intoxicated Superhero

incrdiblehulk.jpgYesterday GalleyCat Reviews readers debated Arianna Huffington‘s keynote Tools of Change speech about the future of the book review.

The heated comments section drew a response from a Twitter user who claims to be an intoxicated comic book character, DrunkHulk. The green hero typed in all caps, reminding this GalleyCat editor of a childhood memory: “DRUNK HULK NO BE THIS EXCITE ABOUT BOOK SINCE PIZZA HUT MAKE BOOK IT PROGRAM!”

Turns out Drunk Hulk has contributed a few thoughts on this site in the signature style of the Incredible Hulk (pictured, via). As we recover from a long week of publishing conferencing, we have decided to archive the collected literary criticism of Drunk Hulk.

When looking at GalleyCat Reviews list of the Best Book Reviewers on Twitter, he typed mightily: “UNLESS IT PYNCHON! BOOK REVIEW SHOULD HAVE NO MORE CHARACTER THAN IN REVIEW BOOK! IT SCIENCE!”

Finally, he speculated about James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar novel with fearsome logic: “JAMES CAMERON WRITE AVATAR PREQUEL! HE NO PUBLISH UNTIL POP-UP TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE TO SATISFACTION!”

Arianna Huffington and the Future of the Book Review

_@user_25785.jpgAs the publishing world converged at the Tools of Change conference in New York City this week, GalleyCat Reviews took careful notes during Arianna Huffington‘s keynote speech about treating book reviews as “conversation starters.”

Huffington began by urging the audience to stop worrying about the death of traditional publishing: “Heraclitus, one of my favorite Greek philosophers said ‘You can’t enter the same river twice,’” she explained.

Huffington also explored the idea behind The Huffington Post books section, rejecting “this magical pub date”– the traditional time-period for scheduling book reviews and running book tours. “Forget about it–the idea that you have three weeks between pub date and oblivion. It doesn’t have to be like that,” she said, earning a smattering of applause.

Finally, she addressed the a perennial criticism that many writers on the site don’t get paid. “Self expression is the new entertainment,” she explained. “We never used to question why people sit on the couch for seven hours a day watching bad TV. Nobody ever asked, ‘Why are they doing that for free?’ We need to celebrate that moment rather than question it.”

What do you think?

EDITOR’S NOTE: In an earlier edition of this post, a GalleyCat transcription error mistakenly attributed the Heraclitus quote to Herodotus.

Arianna Huffington to Present Keynote at Tools of Change Conference

ariana23.jpgHuffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will deliver a keynote presentation at the annual Tools of Change conference this year, O’Reilly Media announced this afternoon.

Huffington’s presentation is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 23. The morning line-up also includes William Patry from Google and Peter Collingridge from Enhanced Editions.

GalleyCat has covered the annual conference for years, bringing back crucial intelligence about eBooks, social networking, eReaders, and the future of publishing. We’ll be there this year as well, covering the conference both here and at eBookNewser.

Former Collins President Switches to Blogging

huffpologo.jpgSteve Ross, the former president of president of HarperCollins’ now shuttered Collins Division, has found a new calling as a regular blogger at The Huffington Post. It’s been a literary week at HuffPo–Arianna Huffington just announced that she will lead a book club and launch a books section on her popular website.

Ross earned his creative writing MFA at New York University, and tested his writing chops with a piece of black comedy. Out of all the topics this award-winning editor and publisher could choose for his first post, Ross wrote about fashion. His satirical piece looks at New York City’s Fashion Week during a recession that has hobbled every industry, from fashion to publishing.

Here’s on fantastical riff from his inaugural post: “In keeping with the theme of this season’s [Fasihon] Expo — ‘Donations: Past and Present’ — the audience of fashionistas and former financiers paid tribute to this year’s movers and shakers in Downturn Fashion. Anna Wintour, her sunglasses dangling a Duane Reade price tag, welcomed Ben Bernanke, who brandished a bandolier of bailout funds strewn in an X across his hirsute chest.”

Arianna Huffington to Start Book Club

1076179_215X340.jpgOn October 5th, Arianna Huffington will go head-to-head with Oprah Winfrey–opening her own book club and books section at The Huffington Post.

According to the NY Observer, the new site will be helmed by Amy Hertz, an editor at Dutton who will maintain her position at the publisher while working on the HuffPo books project. Even more surprisingly, the new site hopes to establish a partnership with The New York Review of Books, as the country’s literary criticism leader teams up with the new kids on the book block.

Here’s more about the project, from the article: “She said she met Ms. Hertz while she was meeting with publishers about her 2006 book, ‘On Becoming Fearless… In Love, Work, and Life.’ Ms. Huffington eventually went with Little, Brown and Company for the hardcover print but ‘[Amy] and I have really connected and she was somebody that I really wanted to bring onto the project,’ she said.”

The Revolution Will Be Customized

During the Mediabistro Circus, GalleyCat caught up with Eileen Gittins, founder of the on-demand publisher, Blurb.

In this video interview, Gittins shared her company’s newest project, The Obama Time Capsule–a customized book that allows readers to mix their own content alongside images from more than 140 professional photographers and essays from General Colin Powell, Joe Klein, Auma Obama and Arianna Huffington.

Here’s more from book’s release: “HP’s print-on-demand technology enables each copy of The Obama Time Capsule to be personalized with photos and text added by each book buyer. The book is then printed through Blurb’s global print partner network. Blurb’s innovation in the print-on-demand publishing market has helped drive the printed one-at-a-time model that is revolutionizing the way books are created and sold.”

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