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Emily Gould explores micropatronage as an alternative business model for publishing.

Nigeria's Farafina Books publishes books by Africans for Africans.


Simidele Dosekun, chief operating officer (COO) of Kachifo, who runs the day-to-day business, adds it is critical for Nigerians to publish themselves, because “For too long, we have been misrepresented by others, especially by those who came and still come with colonizing, paternalistic and exploitative agendas. We have thereby to an extent lost touch with ourselves, our histories, culture and realities.”

Wishing them every success. 

“Recent research has shown that, in the US, it is those who are already the biggest readers that buy the most electronic books. They are not replacing physical books with electronic ones because, after all, they have a large number of physical books available to them, whereas there are still only a few digital books; they have taken to digital books as a new way of reading that is additional to the physical book.”


Will the book enter the digital age? An interview with Pascal Fouche, Eurozine.

A very long but thoughtful, nuanced, non-hyperbolic discussion on the publishing industry’s future.

Rogue agent Andrew Wylie "threatens" to publish up to 2000 e-books on his own if traditional publishers refuse to play nice.

The FT article is behind a registration wall, but anyway, traditional publishers are apparently unfazed, claiming that Wylie has limited bargaining power because authors’ contracts cover e-book rights since the 1990s.

Number of magazine launches halved in 2010, but fewer titles have folded.

Publishing top guns: industry must adapt to recover from recession, if recovery is even possible.

The Globe and Mail's take on the Future of the Book, Part 2.

Book covers are precious.

Huffington Post: the best publishers on Twitter and Facebook.


Publishers Weekly: Who’s Got Pull in the Twitterverse. (“Who’s got” sounds awful…)

Huffington Post: The best and worst book publishers’ websites.

The Globe and Mail's take on the Future of the Book, Part 1.

Two things.

One, the media should stop riffing on the “Le roi est mort. Vive le roi!” proclamation.  

Two, “Evelyn Waugh’s entire oeuvre could easily fit inside Stieg Larsson’s three bestselling detective novels.” Jeepers creepers!

Marion Maneker: how WordPress changed the way we publish.

Is WordPress really the “son of Gutenberg”? Discuss. In sign language.