Interview with Gene Expression

Razib Khan runs the weblog “Gene Expression,” for SEED MAGAZINE in the Science Blog consortium. Additionally, he also cofounded the stand alone weblog “Gene Expression“, which has been commenting on genetics and related fields for the past 4 years. Razib has a background in biochemistry, but has been working in the IT industry of late, though he plans to return to science in the near future …

Tor authors express worry over their careers because of Macmillan/Amazon dispute

When the news broke last week that Amazon had removed Macmillan books from its available inventory, the publisher’s authors first expressed confusion and then, when it became apparent that the move wasn’t a glitch, anger. But now many of these writers are experiencing genuine worry for their own careers.

jay lakeSpeculative fiction author Jay Lake, who has had three books published by Tor with a fourth out soon, told me …

Is Tor Books seeking to become the Amazon of science fiction and fantasy?

tor books storeThe publisher has launched an online book store that aims to sell competitors’ products and its site has championed authors published by other imprints

Pablo Defendini, the web producer for Tor.com, said that above all else he is “publisher agnostic.” Tor Books launched its new site — part social network, part blog, part online magazine — last year and saw an immediate explosion of traffic after hundreds of fan …

Interview with Bella Stander from Reading Under the Covers

Bella Stander
Bella Stander has the blog Reading Under the Covers, which is named for one of her favorite childhood activities. She is a writer and the principal of Book Promotion 101workshops and consulting for authors, as well as a consultant to the Virginia Festival of the Book. Formerly the book editor for a Virginia lifestyle magazine and a long-time contributing editor at Publishers Weekly, she has also …

The Dawkins Effect: How The God Delusion mainstreamed atheism

To receive favorable publicity for a cause, one simply needs a Hallmark card.

A journalist named Karen Hunter offered this small bit of wisdom when she appeared on a January 31 episode of CNN – Paula Zahn Now. Hunter was one of three who participated in an “Out in the Open Panel “that discussed discrimination against atheists. It followed a four-minute news segment titled “Beliefs Under Attack, “a profile …

New study shows some correlation between free ebooks and higher print sales

john hiltonThose who have advocated the release of free ebooks to boost print sales of book titles have been perennially dogged by arguments that they rely too heavily on the anecdote. That is, they tend to hype singular cases of success — the wayward example of a book’s sales rocketing after the viral spread of its ebook counterpart online — without considering the myriad of other factors that may have been …

The Creative Commons Confound: Whether releasing your book for free will help boost your sales

When Nick Mamatas’s novel, Move Under Ground, was first published, he had the kind of publicity that most small press authors don’t get. A major men’s magazine printed the first chapter as an excerpt. He had positive reviews in The Village Voice,Booklist, and The Believer. He ran a semi-popular blog to give its release extra press. But despite all this, the book only sold moderately …

Harriet Klausner: the publishing industry’s secret weapon?

“This is an exhilarating outer space opera that never slows down especially during the latter quarter of the action-packed story line,” the book review states. “That climax is one of the longest most exciting cat and mouse chase scenes in recent years.”

The review is of Ragamuffin, a speculative fiction novel by Tobias Buckell published by Tor Books. The writer of the review is Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s most prolific …

Tor Books to offer social networking, original short fiction and nonfiction online

Tor Books, a major science fiction and fantasy publisher, announced recently that it would offer free weekly ebooks of its print titles if you sign up for its email newsletter. But this is just part of a larger online expansion that will include social networking and the publication of original short fiction and nonfiction, sources familiar with the project told me.

Two sources who spoke to me on condition of …

Did Random House’s free online book releases affect sales?

john hiltonA doctoral student crunches the numbers to determine whether releasing books through Creative Commons and other methods really does benefit authors and publishers.

John Hilton admits up front that there would be no way to definitively prove one way or another whether releasing a book for free online will help boost print sales of the same title — he called such absolute statements “irresponsible” — but he is nonetheless trying …