Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and connected. 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.
Biggest news: come this July, Tor/Forge will start selling their ebooks without digital rights management (DRM): http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1724#m15887
Watch out, Gutenberg. Amazon wants to print (on demand) books, too: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-26/amazon-vs-dot-publishers-the-book-battle-continues
Speaking of Amazon and things that don’t shock us, digital books lead to a profitable quarter for the online retailer: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/51721-digital-drives-amazon-in-big-first-quarter.html
J.K. Rowling may have started a trend of self-publishing among famous authors: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-kukral/the-jk-rowlings-effect-tr_b_1454392.html
Glow in the dark Nooks burst onto the scene in a flash of light–but can even this hi-tech extra steal Kindle’s spotlight? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/technology/personaltech/barnes-nobles-e-book-reader-glows-in-the-dark.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
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”!