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The Decline And Fall Of Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback had such a huge impact on the history of science fiction that one of the field’s most prestigious awards is named after him. But after he founded Amazing Stories in the 1920s, the pioneering editor had a long slide into obscurity.


All The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In April

Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart, cover art by Stephan Martiniere Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April.


Sales Of Adult Colouring Books Have Skyrocketed In The Last Year

Walk into a bookstore these days, and you’ll likely see an enormous stack of them: adult colouring books. Sales of the books have skyrocketed in the last couple of years, but their success might hide some depressing news for the publishing industry.


The 'Harry Potter Effect': Books For Young Readers Got 115 Per Cent Longer In the Past Decade

It’s not just your imagination — kids’ books are getting longer and longer. Booklist’s Briana Shemroske surveyed books aimed at Years 3-8 and found their average page length was 290 in January 2016, up 115 per cent from 2006 — and up a staggering 173 per cent from 1976.


What Happens When You Burn Out On Writing?

Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning a ton of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.


Novelists Are Working Hard To Create Apps That Are Deliberately User-Unfriendly

A decade ago, cutting-edge writers/publishers were crafting books that were physically works of art, in response to the rise of ebooks. Now, those same people are making apps. Miranda July, creator of the instant-messaging app Somebody, talks to Russell Quinn, co-creator (with Eli Horowitz) of The Pickle Index and The Silent History, about making apps that are deliberately difficult to use.


Is A Giant Academic Publisher Trying To Paywall Wikipedia?

Last week, academic publisher Elsevier announced that it would be donating 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors,” granting them access to thousands of paywalled scientific journals. And people are outraged.


Amazon Will Soon Start Paying Authors Based On E-Book Pages Read

What if we lived in a world where authors earned royalties not based on how many books they sell, but on how many pages we read? The idea, which would have been preposterous 10 years ago, is not only possible with modern technology, it’s something Amazon will be test driving this soon.


A Re-Introduced Bill In The US May Unlock Published Scientific Knowledge For All

Promising public access legislation FASTR (Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act) has been re-introduced by a bipartisan coalition in Congress. Lawmakers now have an important opportunity to strengthen and expand rules that allow taxpayers to freely read articles resulting from research their tax dollars support. EFF continues to encourage legislators to pass this bill as an important step forward — though there are still some measures to improve.


Amazon Pulls Werewolf Novel Sequel For Surprisingly Non-Werewolf Reasons

Amazon is no stranger to independent publishing drama. But when it pulled books in the past, it at least purported to have some sort of legitimate reason. In the case of High Moor 2: Moonstruck (the story of one werewolf gang’s quest to keep its existence hidden and the extreme lengths to which it goes to protect its deadly secret) that reason appears to be… hyphens.


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