Thursday, November 11, 2010
Mystery Scene Holiday issue; Kris Rusch e books will save publishing
Holiday Issue: Out Mid-November
Dennis Lehane, Tasha Alexander, 2010 Gift Guide, Joseph Wambaugh, 2010 Mystery and Crime Award Reads
Mystery Scene's 2010 Holiday Issue, #117
We're just finishing up Holiday Issue #117, which should hit newsstands in mid-November.
In the new issue, author Dennis Lehane discusses the much-anticipated return of Boston PIs Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie in Moonlight Mile. We also talk to Tasha Alexander about her new novel Dangerous to Know and her Victorian heroine Lady Emily, a woman truly before her time. And you won't want to miss our examination of Stuart Neville's tough, morally complex Irish thrillers The Ghosts of Belfast and Collusion.
Author Carolyn Hart discusses the solace that good books can provide in hard times, and we hear from other writers who share their favorite comfort reads. If you're just getting started on holiday gift buying, be sure to consult the annual Mystery Scene Gift Guide. We'll also be making online additions throughout the next month. The first online list, "Spy Kids," is available here.
Lawrence Block remembers the colorful bank-robber-turned-crime-writer Albert Nussbaum, and lots more!
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The Business Rusch: How E-Books Will Save Big Publishing
(Changing Times Continued)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
In my very first post in this long series of linked topics, I advised anyone who cared about publishing to keep up with the day-to-day industry news. I wrote that blog post in my spare time over four days and I noted: “In four days, some parts of the [publishing] landscape changed—small parts, mind you, but they changed. That’s how quickly the sands are shifting.”
The sands continue to shift. Last week, I mentioned that expensive overhead is one of the problems Big Publishing has—and by Big Publishing , I mean established commercial publishers who run multimillion dollar (in many cases multibillion dollar) corporations. (Find that definition and more essential stuff in my second post). One aspect of that expensive overhead are the long-term rents they pay for their office buildings.
I posted that on the 2nd of November. On the 6th of November, The Wall Street Journal ran this article: “Big Book Publisher to Reduce Its Offices.” Random House Incorporated—which is a unit of Bertelsmann AG (remember, corporations inside of conglomerates)—announced that it plans to sublease more than a third of the office space that it holds in its headquarters building. (It has other buildings.)
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Terrific piece by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I dare say this one is every bit as good as her previous, "How Digital Music Will Save Big Record Labels."
It will be exciting watching e-books have the same smashing success as digital music had in saving the music industry. Not to mention providing a solid base to foster interesting and creative artistic achievements.
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