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Gluejar, an ebook publishing and Creative Commons venture

Eric Hellman is launching a new venture in ebooks that he's calling Gluejar, which takes a 'public bookcasting' approach:

"Gluejar is building a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific ebooks and other types of digital content by paying rightsholders to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses."

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Self-publishing the slush pile: pros and cons

Two bloggers debate the merits of taking work out of the slush pile where traditional editors would probably have left them.

1) Roxane Gay still has hopes for the traditional gatekeeping role.

2) Henry Baum suggests readers don't care about the standards of 'quality' Gay is talking about.

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Amanda Hocking, indie bestselling author

Amanda Hocking is a young writer of series in paranormal romance (the right genre to be writing at the moment), and has been getting coverage from Huffington Post and Novelr among other places about her success.

There's also a video interview with her, and her blog for more.

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Science fiction authors and publishers weigh in on the next ten years in publishing

Nothing too spectacular. Most of them wisely stay vague. I suspect print editions will be more rare than many of them are suggesting, but I would agree print books will still exist (hard to imagine print magazines will, though).

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What went wrong at Borders

I've had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Peter Osnos, founder of Public Affairs Books, and I think his take on the past mistakes and current state of Borders gets all the important things right.

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The Not .99 Method and Apple's 30% cut

Blogs devoted to news from the world of comics and graphic novels were declaring 2010 the Year of the Digital Comic a couple of weeks ago, but while some are enthusiastic about the prospects for sequential art now that tablet computers are catching on, finding a sustainable model for keeping writers and artists fed while they create those comics remains an issue.

The 'Not .99 Method' is one approach intended to be DRM-free and better for creators than for middlemen. It also tries to keep the customer experience simple:

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Apps as money pit

An argument against heavy investment in iPad app development, at least for the immediate future, because the market is still too small and too dominated by Apple, who refuses to allow subscriptions.

This is an argument directed at corps, particularly those tied to magazine and newspaper publishing, but it offers some interesting numbers. It also provides some insight into just how much a walled garden the world of the iPad is:

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