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.
This week’s Book-Biz Bad Boy (and not many weeks have those) is undisputably Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine. First, he admits to fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, then he resigns from The New Yorker, and THEN Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says they’ll give everyone their money back for his spurious quote-filled book.
J.K. does what J.K. wants, and has decided to withhold advance translation rights of her new title from territories deemed to be “high-risk piracy zones.”
Nevertheless, Harry Potter sales have at last been over-”shaded” (sorry) by Fifty Shades of Grey: the new erotica title now has sold more than any other book in the history of Amazon UK.
There aren’t many people around anymore to whom one can refer in awed and reverent tones as “a Man of Letters.” Gore Vidal was one such, and passed away this last Tuesday.
If you come across a “current events in book-biz” link you think is especially helpful, email email@example.com before noon EST every Friday to nominate your pick–it may become one of our “5 Best”!