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The wary silence surrounding Amazon has ended up forcing a small handful of voices to serve as mouthpieces for the industry at large.

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Do Readers Give Infographics a Free Pass?

Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism

Why we need to learn to scrutinize them like any other journalism

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How to Succeed as an Author: Give Up on Writing

The rancid smell of 21st century literary success

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

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When New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg was lining up publicity for his recent book on the science of self-help, one country, in particular, wanted him to visit: South Korea, where The Power of Habit sold 280,000 copies. This popularity might have something to do with South Korea’s rapid rise from mid-century decimation to the twelfth-largest economy in the world today. Nothing signals middle-class respectability quite so quickly as a well-lined bookshelf—all the better if those books invoke some idea of self-improvement and progress.

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Books Don't Want to Be Free

How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries

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. Also: Nook devices, which are supposed to represent the future. Except the Nook division is actually doing worse than the stores themselves.

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Shrinking Industry? The numbers would prove otherwise. 

The Andrew Wylie Rules

How the literary agent still makes millions off highbrow

Learning from Andrew Wylie

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