This week we talk about the constant revolutions going on in the publishing industry
Companies like Oyster got snapped up by Google this week. In fact, a lot of start up companies have been picked up by bigger companies as of late:
Can you afford Oysters?
Every few months there seems to be another revolution in the publishing industry. Startups come and game change for a while and then a Big Fish snaps them up. This week Oyster – the subscription reading service, got snapped up by Google. Laura Hazard Own has a good analysis of recent history
and a pointer to where next it could all go.
Oyster’s team were very good at Mobile Reading Apps and none of the Big Fish have made a move in this direction so far… So Google has ‘acquihired’ Oyster and their mobile reading technology. There may be big moves in mobile digital publishing ahead. But the subscription ebook model may be going bad…
In amongst the dredging for Oyster news… The Author Earning team of Hugh Howey and Data Guy did some analysis of their own on author incomes. After seven quarters they have enough data on what individual big authors may have been earning… It makes fascinating reading.
In the Craft Section,
In the Marketing Section,
Website of the Week
This week in the Ask Polly section of The New York Times was a plaintive letter asking Polly if the author should just give up on writing. The reply was quoted all around the blogosphere
. Go on and read the pearls of wisdom in this wonderful piece.
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.