The Books Issue

How to Succeed as an Author: Give Up on Writing
The rancid smell of 21st century literary success
October 24, 2013

The publishing industry has bounced back. Take in the rancid smell of 21st century literary success.

Three Reasons the Book Industry is Cautiously Optimistic
October 24, 2013

1. The crash is over—just like everywhere else.“The change was probably the same as what affected the rest of the economy,” says a publishing-house exec. “The acquisitions market now feels healthy.”

Books Don't Want to Be Free
How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries
October 08, 2013

You hardly have to wait in line at Barnes & Noble anymore. The cashiers stare into the middle distance, while on the sales floor, space for books steadily erodes. Instead: toys, magnifying glasses, doodads for the desk.

The Andrew Wylie Rules
How the literary agent still makes millions off highbrow
October 07, 2013

Learning from Andrew Wylie