News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- AuthorEarnings releases “Definitive Study of Amazon Author Earnings”. Using a software spider, they looked at almost every ebook title sold on Amazon, whether traditionally published, published by Amazon, or self-published, and evaluated the sales data for each author. They also looked at a lot of print books, and made some effort to account for non-Amazon and print sales as well. The results are interesting, and suggest that more indie authors are earning over $10K, over $25K, and over $50K than traditionally-published authors.
- Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Echo wins NY Historical Society’s 2016 Children’s History Book Prize. (School Library Journal) The book was named a Newbery Honor Book earlier this year. Find Echo on Goodreads here.
- BookCon expands to New York Comic Con in Fall 2016 (Publishers Weekly) BookCon will also continue to run a 2-day event following BEA.
- ALA 2016: Librarians Say Patrons Are Mostly Satisfied With E-book Service based on survey data. 2/3 of libraries surveyed estimate that only 10% or fewer of their patrons check out ebooks. (Andrew Richard Albanese, Publishers Weekly)
- New nonprofit Colophon Center hopes to turn Denver into publishing hub (Annise Gross, Publishers Weekly)
- Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing (Joy Lanzendorfer, The Atlantic) is about plagiarism rather than piracy as the title might suggest. Specficially, self-published books that have been plagiarized — often almost word-for-word — from traditionally-published or other self-published books.
- Dear Broke Reader: Your Sense of Entitlement is Killing Me. Author Sarah Madison’s response (on her blog) to a Facebook poster who wants to download pirated/illegal copies of books because she’s “too broke” to buy them. Madison’s post went viral.
- The Snobs and Me. The literary snobbism of her Ivy League alma mater made author Jennifer Weiner wary of going to her 25th reunion. (New York Times)
- The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books (Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly). Although I had to laugh when I realized he only has 371 physical books. I don’t even know how many I have: at least 1500, maybe upwards of 2000. And that’s not counting ebooks and audiobooks.
- Working Titles of Famous Novels — or, what those novels almost ended up being called. (Infographic by Jonkers Rare Books)
- The Most Translated Authors in the World (Infographic by Translate Shark) This looks at authors, not books, so the Bible isn’t included. Agatha Christie tops the list; her books have been translated 7,233 times.
That’s it for this week!