News & Notes – 6/11/16

June 11, 2016 News & Notes 8

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Book News


Worth Reading

  • 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.


Awesome Lists


Bookish Quote

That’s it for this week!


8 Responses to “News & Notes – 6/11/16”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I saw the Dear Broke Reader post and really enjoyed it. I thought Madison did a fabulous job of saying what she meant without getting too mean. I’m not too surprised that only 10% get ebooks from the library. I do get some but if I’m getting a book from their it’s usually a regular book or an audio. He things 371 books is too many books? That’s so adorable. I think I have 371 books crammed under my bed!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That was my reaction to 371 books – oh, how cute! Granted, it sounds like he’s in a small apartment, but still. Maybe he needs to try ebooks from the library! 😉

  2. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    Indie authors are making more than traditionally published authors? That is impressive! If you’re too broke to buy the ebooks, sign up for review tours, NetGalley or Edelweiss. It’s not hard! You don’t even have to have a blog. You can review on Goodreads and it’s so easy! There’s really no excuse. None.

    As for plagiarism, I think that is the pits. Just terrible.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I do think that survey covers both nonfiction and fiction authors, and I’d love to see it further broken down to look at differences between fiction and nonfiction author earnings. And of course, most of the data is coming from Amazon — but then, so are over half the sales. So it is interesting as well as surprising.

      I agree with you on the piracy front, and also on the plagiarism issue.