The Economist has an article looking at the success of the romance and erotica genres in the United Kingdom, and the stigma that still attaches to the genre. Even though romance and erotica has sold 39.8 million physical books worth £178.09 million (US $260.55 million), public attitude toward popular romance/erotica titles (such as the 50 Shades trilogy) tends to be scathing. The article notes that romance and erotica has a strong tradition of self-publishing, and was one of the earliest genres to capitalize on e-books’ anonymity. (Romance e-book store Ellora’s Cave was going strong in 2006 before most people even had e-readers.) The most interesting thing to me is that The post Romance sells, and its readers like their smartphone e-books appeared first on TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond.
I attended a couple of fascinating lectures by William Uricchio, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the Center for Media, Data and Society, part of the School of Public Policy at Budapest’s Central European University. The lectures, in principle focused on developments in virtual reality and journalism respectively, in practice ranged far wider, over huge areas of the media landscape, including Big Five publishing, printed books and ebooks, and the authority of the text. Revenue from Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality could reach $120 billion by 2020, according to one forecast. And players from Big Media and Tech are part of the game. “The amount of The post MIT media studies prof on media’s future: Virtual and augmented reality appeared first on TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond.
Here are detailed tips for maximizing your sales with the free Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, including advice from bestselling authors. The post Build Your Global Sales with Kobo Writing Life appeared first on The Book Designer.
For nearly forty years Marvel and DC have jointly defended a trademark on the word superhero, but now these two titans have been thwarted by a solitary hero London businessman. The Guardian reports: But after a two-and-a-half-year wrangle with Graham Jules, it is the combined might of the comic book giants Marvel and DC who have raised a white flag after initially claiming that using the word superhero would infringe their jointly owned trademark. Jules, a 48-year-old who runs a firm setting up pop-up shops and is studying law, had been about to publish his self-help manual Business Zero to Superhero in 2014, when he got a warning letter from the two companies. The Londoner fought back and, at one point, rejected an offer of “a couple of thousand” to change his book title. Now, the publishers have backed down and admitted defeat four days before a planned hearing at the Intellectual Property Office in London. The trademark was filed in 1979, and from what i have found DC and Marvel have bein defending it for all that time. In 2004 Geekpunk announced that it was renaming one of its comic book titles to Hero Happy Hour in response to a [...] You just finished reading British Businessman Thwarts Comic Book Titans on Superhero Trademark which was published on The Digital Reader, a blog that needs your support. If you liked what you read, how about joining the discussion?
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