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July 29

 Find out what's hot in the world of publishing with this selection of recent industry news.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • "India has been enjoying an English language literary boom." This has caused a huge increase in the number of genre novels of various kinds, and brought particular emphasis to writing focusing on Indian experiences, rather than literature aimed at a global market.--from theindependent.co.uk

PUBLISHING TRENDS

  • Now is a great time to write that romance novel you've been meaning to write: "despite overall economic woes, romance is selling well in both trade and mass market."--from Publishers Weekly
  • "A start-up in Colorado has a new twist on print publishing. It lets readers pick which articles they want in their magazine and then print it themselves."--from The New York Times

DIGITAL MEDIA

  • "In a twist that Kurt Vonnegut, the master satirist, would have appreciated, he continues his career despite the apparent impediments to his productivity. On Wednesday Random House said that its Delacorte Press imprint would release 14 previously unpublished short stories by Vonnegut. . . who died in 2007, as single-story e-books."--from The New York Times
  • Amazon.com's chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, has issued a "heartfelt apology" after the company received much criticism for its decision to remotely delete copies of George Orwell's 1984 from users' Kindles. Amazon.com had discovered that the specific bookseller did not have legal rights to the novel; users are now debating the benefits of Amazon's D.R.M. software.--from The New York Times
  • "Apple is racing to offer a portable tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution. . . . Book publishers have been in talks with Apple and are optimistic about being included in the computer, which could provide an alternative to Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader, and a forthcoming device from Plastic Logic, recently allied with Barnes & Noble."--from the Financial Times
  • USA Today's Best Seller List will now contain data from Kindle sales as well as traditional sales.--from editorandpublisher.com

BOOK SALES

  • How is digitization affecting the publishing industry? Take a look at this overview of disruptive technologies and business strategies in publishing.--from readwriteweb.com
  • Want your book to be a best seller? Try getting it selected for Target's Bookmarked book club--they can "make sleepy titles into best sellers."--from The New York Times
  • This fall season is looking great for publishing: "many believe [it] has the best chance of any in recent memory to redeem the industry after one of its darkest years, and to show that, even in 2009, big, beautiful hit books are still possible."--from The New York Observer