The One Thing White Writers Get Away With, But Authors of Color Don’t – At PolicyMic, Grace Jin writes about the casual racism authors of color face when writing about characters outside their race and geographic location. Author Bill Cheng is an Asian guy from the Bronx but choose to write about rural black Mississippi. Reviewers and interviewers appear to question how a Chinese guy could write this sort of book and whether the got it right. These were not, says Grace Jin, questions that were asked of white author Adam Johnson who wrote about North Korea. Johnson has never been to North Korea and he is not of Asian descent. Jin says that the white author can speak authoritatively for all races but authors of color are limited to writing for themselves. PolicyMic
Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction – Last Wednesday, Judge Cote entered the final judgment and injunction against Apple in the ongoing ebook suit. Apple is enjoined (or restrained) from enforcing the MFN clause in the ebook contracts. What that means is that Apple can’t require a publisher to reduce a price at Apple if the price is lower somewhere else. New retail price maintenance agreements can be formed within 24 months for Hachette and within 42 months for Penguin. Apple will be required to consult with an “External Compliance Monitor” to esnure that they are not engaging in any prohibited activity (like coordinating contracts between publishers to set minimum price floors). Justice.Gov
Barnes & Noble Postpones International Rollout Again – PublishersMarketplace reports that the most recent SEC filing indicates that B&N’s international expansion will be delayed until the end of fiscal 2014. Because of the delay, Microsoft may withhold payment of $25 million until the expansion occurs.Publishers Lunch (paid link)
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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