Amazon: Hachette spat can be fixed with lower ebook pricing

The online retail giant says it will be happy to stick with the 30 percent cut it already gets from Hachette ebook sales if the publisher agrees to slash its ebook pricing, a move which Amazon claims would be central to the future of reading.

Apple patent would allow digital autographs on ebooks, movies and albums

Book signings don’t have to go extinct in a digital era: Apple (s AAPL) has applied for a patent that would allow users to get digital autographs on digital media like ebooks, movies and albums. As Apple Insider explains, the technology connects the author’s device with the fan’s device. Autographs can be authenticated and encrypted, and the technology also allows for virtual signings over the internet.

Scott Turow loses the plot

If Authors Guild president Scott Turow really wanted to do something useful for his mid-list members he would stop helping the publishers deflect attention by pointing to Google and off-shore piracy sites and help authors demand a better deal.

The e-book lending wars: When authors attack

An incident in which an e-book lending site was shut down by a horde of angry authors with takedown notices — most of whom misunderstood the site’s purpose — is another example of how the publishing industry is fighting the same battles as the music industry.

Margaret Atwood on Wattpad and the value of taking risks

Margaret Atwood may be a literary legend, but she isn’t resting on her laurels — instead, she is working with the online writing community at Wattpad to encourage new writers, and crowdfunding a new platform for artists called Fanado.

Godin to authors: You have no right to make money any more

New tools like the Kindle have led to an explosion of self-published books, but that has meant more competition for existing authors. How do they make money now? Writer Seth Godin says they first have to give up the idea that they deserve to be paid.