Book Publishing News

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Wattpad Launches Book Publishing Division (2019-03-20): Wattpad has evolved from its early days as a fanfiction community. It has now launched its own book publishing division.

Authors Guild Survey Reveals Declining Earnings for Writers (2019-01-07): A book author income survey from The Authors Guild found a steep decline in earnings for authors over the past decade.

Michael Wolff Makes Forbes 2018 List of World's Highest Paid Authors (2018-12-16): James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King are the top earning authors in the world 2018 according to Forbes. Michael Wolff is also on this year's list.

Literary Agents Put Out an Open Call for Submissions From Muslim Writers (2017-02-01): A group of 60 literary agents has put out a call for submissions from Muslim writers. The call spans all genres.

New York Times Dumps Comics and Mass Market Paperback Bestseller Lists (2017-01-31): Publishers and authors were shocked to learn that the New York Times is dropping a number of its bestseller lists, including comics and mass market paperbacks.

Milo Yiannopoulos Inks $250,000 Book Deal With Simon & Schuster (2016-12-29): Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos just landed a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster. He says being banned from Twitter helped him land the gig.

James Patterson Donates $250,000 to Independent Booksellers (2016-12-15): James Patterson announced the names of the 149 independent booksellers who will receive holiday bonuses this year. He is giving out $250,000 total to employees who sell books.

Oprah Winfrey's New Book Imprint Will Publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis (2016-12-15): Oprah Winfrey's new book imprint, An Oprah Book, will publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis in 2018

Author Emma Straub is Opening a Bookstore in Brooklyn (2016-12-07): New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub are opening an independent bookstore in Brooklyn.

Should Authors Read Their Own Audiobooks? (2016-07-13): Most audiobooks are read by professional actors. But a few authors do read their own books -- after they pass an audition.

The Algorithm That Predicts Whether a Novel Will Be a Bestseller (2016-07-11): Jodie Archer and Matt Jockers have created an algorithm to determine if a novel will be a bestseller. They claim a successful prediction rate of 80%.

Scholastic Signs Major Licensing Deal With American Girl (2016-07-11): Get ready for a massive rollout of American doll books. American Girl has teamed up with Scholastic to massively expand the book series about the iconic dolls.

Australian Authors Speak Out Against Government Plan to Change Copyright Laws (2016-06-10): Australian authors, agents, booksellers and publishers have united to fight a proposed change to copyright and import laws that will devastate the industry.

Dead Writers Perfume Smells Like Old Books (2016-05-14): Sweet Tea Apothecary has created a fragrance called Dead Writers Perfume. It smells like old books.

Leonard Riggio to Retire as Barnes & Noble Chairman (2016-05-14): Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio is retiring from his position as Chairman of Barnes & Noble. He will remain on the Board.

Newly Discovered H.P. Lovecraft Manuscript About Superstition to be Sold At Auction (2016-03-18): A newly discovered manuscript about the causes of superstition will be auctioned off in Chicago. H.P. Lovecraft ghost wrote the manuscript for Harry Houdini.

U.S. Ranks Seventh in Literacy Says New Study (2016-03-14): A new study ranks 60 countries for literacy and the U.S. came in 7th. The most literate countries are Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark.

Apple Smacked Down by Supreme Court: Ebook Price Fixing Case is Over (2016-03-07): Apple has lost the ebook price fixing case. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, so now Apple must pay out $400 million to ebook consumers.

Tommy Mottola Slapped With Lawsuit by Hachette (2016-02-26): Mariah Carey's ex-husband Tommy Mottola is being sued by Hachette for taking advance money and failing to turn in his book manuscript.

Barnes & Noble Opening Digital Experience Bookstore (2016-02-24): Barnes & Noble announced it is opening a new kind of bookstore with a full digital experience. The store will open sometime in 2016.