The week in publishing (October 22 through October 28)

Posted By on October 28, 2012

Here’s some of the latest in industry news and views:

From Boing Boing: Kindle user claims Amazon deleted whole library without explanation
According to Martin Bekkelund, a Norwegian Amazon customer identified only as Linn had her Kindle access revoked without warning or explanation. Her account was closed, and her Kindle was remotely wiped. Bekkelund has posted a string of emails that he says were sent to Linn by the company. They are a sort of Kafkaesque dumbshow of bureaucratic non-answering, culminating in the customer service version of “Die in a fire,” to whit, “We wish you luck in locating a retailer better able to meet your needs and will not be able to offer any additional insight or action on these matters,” a comment signed by “Michael Murphy, Executive Customer Relations, Amazon.co.uk.”

From Pro Blogger: 5 Essential Elements of a Successful Self-published Book
Self-publishing is a hot trend.  People’s eyes are lit up by the possibility of actually making money from their content. But there’s more to it than throwing together a PDF, uploading it to Amazon, and waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. The most successful self published authors treat their books as if they’re working with a publisher.

From Read Write: iPad Mini: How Many Screens Does One Man Need?
I’m sure the new Apple iPad Mini will be super awesome, but do I really need yet another screen in my life? Especially since I already have a full-size iPad? Does anyone? Is 8 Enough? After all, I already have at least eight screens in my regular rotation. And that doesn’t count spares, backups and obsolete or little-used devices still hanging around the house.

From Business Info Guide: How to Write Sizzling Blog Post Titles That Increase Blog Readership
In a world where we are all suffering from information overload, it is essential that blog titles catch the attention of prospective readers. A sizzling title inspires readers to click through and read more. For example, if you came across the following blog titles on Facebook or Twitter, which would you be more likely to click?

From The Book Seller: Random House and Penguin in “merger” talks
Pearson has confirmed that it is in talks with Bertelsmann regarding a potential merger between Penguin and Random House. It would be the first major structural shift in the global trade publishing industry since 2006 when French media firm Lagardère acquired Time Warner Book Group, creating Hachette.

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