The literature biz, not an easy biz even in the best of times, is reeling from the challenges of new media, new pricing models, new access models and new corporate ownership models. Future trends remain unclear, but there are encouraging portents lately:
1. A self-published autobiography, Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?
by psychotherapist Jane Haynes, has been nominated for a prestigious PEN prize
2. I don't think you'll catch me reading I Was Told There'd Be Cake
by new sensation Sloane Crosley. I'm the type of reader who doesn't care whether there's any damn cake or not. However, the humorous essay collection appears to be a smash hit, and do you notice it's a paperback original
? Score one for paperback originals.
3. Small Beer Press
is giving away perfectly good books
for free download.
A change in the weather? You tell me.