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Seth Godin Recommends Books on HugDug

sethgodinreviewsAuthor Seth Godin has been using a new online community called HugDug to share reviews of his favorite books and authors. He has reviewed a couple of books on the site including Steve Krug’s Rocket Surgery Made Easy.

“One of the biggest benefits we’ve found in the way people use Hugdug is their ability to share the work of people they respect,” he explains on his blog. “Today more than ever, ideas spread horizontally, from person to person, not from the top down, not from an ad or from a talk show or from a promotion.”

HugDug is an interesting new online community from the founders of Squidoo that is worth checking out. It is currently in beta and is designed as a site to allow people to share recommendations and discover products and reviews. The site lets you read reviews by reviewer, as well as by category and then links to the product’s listing on Amazon to make it easy to purchase the item. There is also a featured charity every month.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Collins to Self-Publish

In our forthcoming So What Do You Do? interview with mega-bestselling author Jackie Collins, she reveals exclusively to us, that within the next three weeks she will release an eBook for The Bitch, a complete rewrite of her previous version of the novel, with a price point of $2.99 or less.

Seth Godin, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and even billionaire Mark Cuban have gone the DIY route, and now Collins is joining their ranks.

Although she will continue to work with her traditional publisher for other books, Collins was going through her old work recently when she thought that The Bitch would be the perfect eBook. The novel was also a movie, which Collins said “wasn’t that good and didn’t turn out the way that I wanted it to.”

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Jamie Raab Interview Sparks eBook Royalty Debate

GalleyCat contributor Jeff Rivera interviewed Grand Central publisher Jamie Raab for mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? feature today.

In the interview, Raab (pictured, via) defended her imprint’s standard practice of giving authors a 25% royalty rate for eBooks: “We have an infrastructure to support.” She outlined the values of what traditional publishers have to offer whether they are new in their writing career or established New York Times bestselling authors.

When asked on whether or not she fears big-name writers will take a less traditional publishing route, she replied: “I think about that a lot because I know it’s on authors’ minds. And I think it’s incumbent on every publisher to do a better job than they’ve ever done before — more creative on marketing and eBooks, working in partnership more closely with their authors, keeping them in the loop, publishing more strategically.”

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Seth Godin Ends the Domino Project

sg2323.jpgBestselling author Seth Godin has decided to end the Domino Project, his experimental imprint with Amazon. The books will still be sold on Amazon, but Sarah Kay‘s poetry book B will be the last book published by the imprint.

Last August, Godin made a surprise announcement: “I’ve decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way.” He then launched the Domino Project through Amazon, publishing 12 books. The list included Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by  Steven Pressfield. General Electric sponsored a free download of that “sponsored book.”

Godin explained why he is stopping in a blog post: “By most of the measures I set out at the beginning, the project has been a success. So why stop? Mostly because it was a project, not a lifelong commitment to being a publisher of books. Projects are fun to start, but part of the deal is that they don’t last forever. The goal was to explore what could be done in a fast-changing environment.” (Via Publishers Lunch)

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Seth Godin on Library Evolution

In a controversial post, author Seth Godin wrote about how the library should evolve in the 21st century, rejecting the idea that librarians are “mere clerks who guard dead paper.”

In Godin’s view, libraries should not focus on acquiring large print book collections or implementing eBook lending solutions. He pictured the librarian of the future as a “producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario” who helps patrons navigate through that wealth of digital information. What do you think?

Here’s an excerpt from Godin’s blog post: “Wouldn’t you want to live and work and pay taxes in a town that had a library like [this]? The vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information? There are one thousands things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value.

General Electric Sponsors Free eBook

General Electric will sponsor the next book from Seth Godin‘s Domino Project publishing line–the company will sponsor a free Kindle edition of Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by  Steven Pressfield (cover pictured).

The eBook will be free until May 20th. It regularly retails for $7.99. The new publisher began by partnering with Amazon and is also talking with other corporations about future eBook sponsorship.

What do you think about this new kind of eBook funding? Godin explained in the release:  “Since it costs very little to deliver one copy of an ebook, the economics favor sponsorship. By paying the author directly, a sponsor like GE is able to earn the gratitude of hundreds of thousands of readers and spread an idea that matters.”

Seth Godin Quit & Haruki Murakami Adapted: Top 10 Stories of August 2010

In August, author Seth Godin rocked the publishing world when he announced he would no longer work with traditional publishers. That same month, we created a Women in Publishing Twitter directory and discovered a trailer for an upcoming Haruki Murakami adaptation.

Instead of doing our traditional year-in-review post, we’ve decided to collect the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat each month–sharing the stories that mattered most to our readers. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Follow this link to see the rest of the year unfold.

1. New York Times Bestseller Seth Godin to No Longer Publish Books Traditionally
2. Women in Publishing Twitter Directory
3. Rooney Mara to Star as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Haruki Murakami Adaptation: Norwegian Wood Trailer
5. The Worst Negative Book Review Clichés
6. Free Dating Site for Book Lovers
7. Simon & Schuster Publisher Reorganizes
8. Steampunk Sarah Palin
9. Artist Builds Rooms Out of Books
10. Mockingjay Embargo Broken in LA Times Review

Seth Godin Publishes 32-Page Workbook

godinworkbook.jpgIn his first publishing project since announcing “I’ve decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way,” author Seth Godin will sell a 32-page ShipIt Workbook online.

The book will help fans “inspired by” his traditionally published title, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Readers must purchase the title in a $16 five pack, and Godin did not offer a digital edition. The author intends for readers to write in his workbook while working on team projects.

Check it out: “In the 32 page shipit workbook, we nail the lizard to the wall, identify it, defeat it and make something happen. If you push yourself and your team to get through the workbook, I promise your product will ship (or you’ll know why). I’ve tested this on the road trip, taking thousands of people through it, and it’s working. I hope you’ll discover the same impact. Five copies cost $16 (about $3.20 each) but the price will probably rise after this printing is sold.” (Via Creative Penn)

Seth Godin Quits Traditional Publishing; Readers Respond

sg2323.jpgGalleyCat contributor Jeff Rivera published a short interview with author Seth Godin last week. It included a bombshell announcement from Godin: “I’ve decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way.”

The post touched a raw nerve in the publishing community, generating over a thousand retweets and comments around the Internet. Godin himself wrote a longer piece about the issue on his blog. We’ve collected a few of these comments below, but read them all at this link. Share your thoughts as well, we will continue to share the debate.

Novelist Colson Whitehead wrote: “Is he going to publish his books….WITH HIS MIND????”

One anonymous reader wrote: “narrative–fiction–takes longer than a Twitter post and is, despite what everyone who is mesmerized by new technology believes–served by a longer gestation period. Although Kerouac believed the first draft was all, most writers benefit from an editor … It’s mystifying why Mediabistro is so ‘fascinated’ by Godin’s ultimately corrosive affect on culture, on art, on the difficult, and the human.”

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Seth Godin to Invite 11 People to Free 5-Day Program

head-clickme2.gifAuthor Seth Godin is now accepting applications for a free intensive five-day” program in New York City–a “leveraged-nano-MBA” where a select group can study and work alongside Godin.

If you are interested in participating, you can fill out the application here. The application deadline is March 31. We are very interested to see how this promotional experiment turns out–the lecture tour crossed with a business school workshop.

Here’s more from the post: “That’s what this leveraged program is about. Find extraordinary people working in important organizations and give them insight and confidence to bring more leverage to their work, to allow them to use their jobs as a platform for making a difference. A difference at work, a difference to your co-workers and a difference to everyone who is touched by you.”

UPDATE: Godin added this commentary: “Thanks for the link, but I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong conclusion. This isn’t promotional at all (5 days in my office with 11 people isn’t going to sell many books). This is something I’m doing because it’s my passion, not because I’m itching to sell a few books.”

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