Around Town: Nov. 7th to Nov. 13th

YPG: Twitter, Trolls, and Social Media Goals

When: November 8, 2017 @ 6pm
Where: Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY, 10106
Cost: Free

“How do authors and agents navigate the world of Twitter, trolls, and media backlash? Join Young to Publishing Group for a panel on the intersection of social media, marketing books, and activism. Panel speakers include Katherine Locke, Esi Sogah, and Justina Ireland, and discussion will be moderated by Emily Hughes, Content Development and Social Media Manager at Penguin Random House. Continue reading “Around Town: Nov. 7th to Nov. 13th”

Upcoming Event: Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Studios has invited members of WNBA-NYC to the premiere of Z: The Beginning of Everything on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 pm at the SVA Theatre in New York.

Christina Ricci stars as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in this period drama series for Amazon, and depicts Zelda’s ascent from southern belle to her status as an icon of the 1920s and wife of famed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take a look at the trailer for the series.

The pilot for the series is available to view for Amazon Prime subscribers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: Please note space is limited, and your RSVP must be confirmed for a seat.

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Link of the Week: Amazon Rapids


Amazon has officially launched Rapids, a new app that combines children’s books with the format of texting.

In an effort to get children more in interested in reading and parents less upset over the amount of time kids spend on phones and tablets, Amazon’s Rapids will provide elementary-level stories, for kids ages 7-12, in the form of instant messaging. The pace of the ‘conversation’ is controlled by the reader, and kids can click any word and get a definition and pronunciation from the app, as well as a glossary of words to reference later. The app also has audiobook features to ‘read along’ with children.

This isn’t the first time that reading content has been portrayed through text conversations, but it is the first time it’s been done in such an immediate, engaging way with aim at such a young target audience. Playing with the mediums in such a way may offer more room for growth in the future of digital publishing.

Paul Krugman Weighs in on Amazon-Hachette Feud

The feud between online retail giant Amazon and the Hachette Book Group does not seem to be making its way towards a resolution any time soon.  New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently weighed in with his opinion.  The following article in Publishers Weekly gives a brief overview of the situation:

publishers-weekly“Amazon’s ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book group over e-book sales terms seems to have turned into a litmus test on publishing in the digital era. It has also shone a brighter-than-usual light on Amazon itself, prompting a number of stories questioning the company’s size, and approach to doing business. Now New York Times columnist and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has waded into the battle, declaring without reservation that Amazon ‘has too much power’ and that the company ‘uses that power in ways that hurt America.’

amazon“While Krurgman acknowledges that Amazon is not a monopoly, ‘a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,’ he says that it is actually a ‘monopsony,’ or a dominant buyer in a marketplace with enough power to push prices downward. Krugman dismisses Amazon supporters who contend that the e-tailer is just doing the business of capitalism and giving consumers what they want. To Krugman the issue revolves around the question of marketplace power and how that power is wielded.

HACHETTE“Krugman is more concerned with the market share and economic power Amazon has accumulated, even if it did so by being smarter than its competitors. He compares Amazon to a textbook example of the monopolistic abuse of power, J.D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, noting Amazon has ‘immense’ market power, even beyond its market share, and says that, like Standard Oil, some of Amazon’s business practices are out of line.

“He declares, ‘So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.'”

To read Paul Krugman’s original post in the Opinion Pages for The New York Times, click here.

To read our previous blog posts chronicling this dispute, click here and click here.

Link of the Week: Crowdsourced Publishing

lownerdfighterOriginally reported in The Digital Reader (TDR), Amazon has begun a new publishing program that “is so new that it doesn’t yet have a launch day, URL, or even a name” (TDR).

Crowdsourcing isn’t a new idea. According to Daily Crowdsource, “The principle of crowdsourcing is that more heads are better than one. By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation will be superior.” In theory, Amazon’s new venture would engage readers and reviewers to make the decision on what would be published from a pool of submissions.

27385-v1-197x.PNGDifferent from Kindle Direct and Amazon Publishing, this program is tapping into something altogether new. Do you think this program will be successful? By drawing readers into the decision of publishing, will Amazon bring itself more support? Is there enough reader interest to fuel this venture? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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