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A Bankrupt Borders Makes Everyone Poorer, Especially Authors

Beginning as early as the end of the week, 6,000 Borders employees will be out work, and publishers will likely lose millions of dollars in bad debt. Hardest hit will be "midlist" authors -- those whose books aren't bestsellers but still do well enough to justify their

Random House's E-Book Deal With Wylie Leaves Much Unanswered

Random House and top literary agent Andrew Wylie have settled their fight over his plans to publish e-books of older works from big name authors he represents. But while the battle is over, the settlement announcement raises more questions than it answers about the future of e-publishing.

Glenn Beck: Publishing's Biggest Hope?

Move over Oprah. Fox News host, Glenn Beck has turned into a literary tastemaker -- and for the authors that he's interviewed on his programs, the results are staggering.

Publishers Weigh When to Release E-Books

When should an e-book be published? Before the physical copy gets published, or months later, or at the same time? Next year, publishers will increasingly weigh tradition against the tide of consumers who want to read their e-books when they want them, and on any device they choose.

Publishing in the Year Ahead: Recovery and Optimism

One annual end of season rite is upon the publishing industry: when chief executives take stock of the year that was and look ahead to the one to come. In year-end letters to employees, interviews to newspapers, or interviews with DailyFinance, publishing CEOs exhibited a mix of grim acceptance and cautious optimism that 2010 will be a better year than this one.