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 Diversity In Publishing

August 22, 2014: 

NPR has been running a series on diversity in publishing.  This story highlights efforts made by booksellers to provide diversity.

From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Publishers agree that as the country's readers become more diverse, reflecting a diverse readership is increasingly becoming smart business for those who make and sell books.

Read the full story from NPR here.

 Amazon Counterpunches Hachette And Authors Over E-Book Pricing

August 10, 2014: 

Amazon also spells out its version of the dispute, claiming that Hachette hasn’t negotiated in good faith and that it would “never give up” in seeking lower prices for ebooks. Echoing an earlier public statement from a group calling itself Authors United, Amazon provided the email of Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch and implored readers to write to him asking for lower ebook prices and an end to the dispute. The authors United statement, which will be published as an ad in this weekend’s New York Times, included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s email address and a call to write to him, asking Amazon to take authors out of the line of fire in its battle with Hachette.

Read the full story from Forbes here.

 Where Is Social Media Heading?

July 31, 2014: 

As more people now access Twitter and Facebook than read a daily newspaper, Adweek seeks to learn the future of social media from some industry experts.

Read the story from Adweek here.

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