Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.
Last week, Fifty Shades had sold more copies than any other in the history of Amazon.co.uk. As of this week, it’s sold more than any other book sold in the UK ever. Period.
Speaking of Amazon (and when are we not?) the ebook pioneer took paper by storm this week with their new system for renting paper textbooks by mail.
While book tours are on the wain, crowdsourcing’s still booming. New startup Togather aims to bring the two things to, um, gether.
Time for your Big Serious Corporate News: McGraw-Hill is a house divided, and bidders are coming forward to see who gets what half.
Time for your Unusually Outlandish and Trashy Book-Biz News: Joan Rivers rages against The Man (aka Costco) for not selling her memoir by handcuffing herself to a Costco shopping cart until the police arrive. Don’t think we plan to start linking to Perez Hilton, either; it’s just that campy times call for campy measures.
If you come across a “current events in book-biz” link you think is especially helpful, email firstname.lastname@example.org before noon EST every Friday to nominate your pick–it may become one of our “5 Best”!