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Publishers Weekly to Integrate Self-Published Reviews in Book Reviews Section

pwlogoPublishers Weekly doesn’t care if a book is published by a transitional publisher or is self-published. Both types of books will now be fully integrated into their magazine publisher’s regular review pages both in print and online.

The magazine reviews about 9,000 books a year. Self-published titles will now be considered among other submissions. PW is pushing into the self-published market with the launch of a new website dedicated to self-publishing called BookLife. The site will go live on May 29, 2014 and will focus on three main subject areas: book creation which includes editing and cover design; publishing which is all about the physical manufacturing of a book; and book marketing, which will include information on distribution, publicity and sales.

Publishers Weekly leads the way in integrating self-published and traditional book reviews, and this change reflects the growing acceptance within the book publishing industry of self-published books,” stated George Slowik, Jr., CEO and owner of PWxyz LLC, the parent company of Publishers Weekly. “Booksellers and librarians want to know which self-published books to carry, and publishers and agents want informed, critical reviews in order to solicit authors for publishing deals.”

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Free Books That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have a Dream” speech, we have collected links to free digital editions of the books that inspired the great leader’s life and writings. Follow this link to read and listen to a recording of the speech.

We’ve included some of his favorite books, but King also taught a Seminar In Social Philosophy at Morehouse College in 1961. We found the complete outline of his syllabus at The King Center’s massive archive.

Follow these links to explore more free eBooks at Project Gutenberg: our 50 Free eBooks To Be Thankful For list, our Free Books for Halloween collection, our Free Herman Melville books list, our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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Free Books That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we have collected links to free digital editions of the books that inspired the life and writings of Martin Luther King, Jr..

We’ve included some of his favorite books, but King also taught a Seminar In Social Philosophy at Morehouse College in 1961. We found the complete outline of his syllabus at The King Center’s massive archive.

Follow these links to explore more free eBooks at Project Gutenberg: our 50 Free eBooks To Be Thankful For list, our Free Books for Halloween collection, our Free Herman Melville books list, our Free Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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Richard Nixon eBooks Available for the First Time

For the first time, Simon & Schuster has published digital editions of all ten books written by President Richard Nixon, just in time for his birthday today.

We discussed his legacy on the Morning Media Menu today. Press play below to listen…

Working on behalf of The Richard Nixon Foundation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP attorney Robert C. Odle, Jr. negotiated the deal with publisher Jonathan Karp. Most of the books cost $13.99 on Amazon, currently. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon will cost $14.99.

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Will Hackers Dodge The New York Times Paywall?

On March 28, The New York Times will roll out a metered paywall plan, charging avid readers $15 a month to read the paper online and with a mobile app. The iPad subscription will cost $20 and an all access plan will cost $35.

The plan includes a big loophole: “The Times will allow access to people who arrive at its Web site through search engines like Google and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. There will, however, be a five-article limit a day for people who visit the site from Google.” Author Cory Doctorow wonders if hackers will create a “browser redirection service” to dodge the paywall.

The plan launched in Canada today. If it works, the newspaper could pave the way for more paid content on the web, from newspapers to magazines to online journals. Will you pay $15 to read the paper every month? Will this plan change the way we read online?

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Samuel Ray Delany On Harry Potter Movies

We just chatted with author Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. who is one of the judges here at the National Book Awards. He wouldn’t give away any of tonight’s winners but he did tell us that he is excited about the new Harry Potter movie coming out this weekend.

Delany said, “It should be lots of fun. I have enjoyed them all and I expect to enjoy this one too.”

We asked him if he thought eBooks would be the next step for author J.K. Rowling and he said, “I don’t think she needs them.”

This might be true, but we’d like to see them anyway.

UPDATE: Photo by David Hartwell, via Wikipedia.

Amanda Murray Cut at Simon & Schuster

s&slogo23.jpgThe NY Observer broke the news that editor Simon & Schuster editor Amanda Murray has been cut. She had worked with some big names in fiction, including: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown.

Here’s more from the article: “Jonathan Karp replaced David Rosenthal last month, and he’s now begun to assemble his own editorial team at Simon & Schuster. Senior editor Amanda Murray has been fired, she confirmed today. Karp could not be reached for comment.”

Yesterday we reported that newly-hired publisher Jonathan Karp had hired senior editors Ben Loehnen and Jofie Ferrari-Adler to acquire and edit nonfiction titles.

Publishing Executive Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Has Died

haroldmcgrawjr.jpgHarold W. McGraw, Jr., chairman emeritus and former CEO of the McGraw-Hill Companies, has passed away at 92-years-old.

McGraw began his career at his grandfather’s company as a sales rep. During his tenure at the helm of the company, McGraw-Hill published authors that included Vladimir Nabokov and Marshall McLuhan. At Princeton University (his his alma mater) McGraw endowed the The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning , funded the editing of Albert Einstein‘s papers, and established the McGraw Distinguished Visiting Professors writing course.

Here’s more from the company: “As CEO of McGraw-Hill, he was always closely connected with employees, sending them hand-written notes, walking the corridors, and eating lunch in the company cafeteria. He advised employees to ‘make sure you get in a job you really enjoy, for doing worthwhile work for a worthwhile mission ought to be exciting and fun.’”

Publicity Lessons: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Richard Yates

jamesothmer.jpgToday’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was James P. Othmer, advertising expert and author of the upcoming book, “Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet.” Before working in advertising, Othmer served as publicist to novelists Richard Yates and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Around the 11-minute mark, Othmer recalled the difference between his two amazing literary clients: “[Yates] was a wonderful writer. He was amazing and had written ‘Revolutionary Road,’ yet never received the numbers that Vonnegut or a lot of his contemporaries had received. He was living in semi-squalor on top of a bar in Boston and would call up and bemoan the fact that he had no readers.”

Click here to listen to the whole show. In addition the show focused on free versus paid models of content, debating the thoughts of the IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO, a New Yorker writer, and a Wired editor–another crucial issue for writers of all stripes.

Seymour Hersh Wins Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism

9780060195915.jpgInvestigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh has won the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism, celebrating 40 years of work.

Since beginning his career on the police beat in Chicago, Hersh has won five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the My Lai massacre in 1969. He’s written eight books, most recently “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.” The distinguished list of winners included Tom Brokaw of NBC News and John F. Burns of The New York Times.

Here’s a statement from ICFJ chairman James F. Hoge, Jr.: “Sy Hersh can find the hidden story like no other … Without him, many critiques of policy and policy-makers would never have been part of our public dialogue or history.”