Simon & Schuster Creates Self-Publishing Unit, Archway Publishing – Simon & Schuster is offering self publishing services under a company name of Archway. Archway is using a white label form of Authors Solution that powers the Harlequin Dell Arte self publishing program. Author Solutions was bought by Penguin earlier this year. Devu Gandhi of S&S Digital is managing the Archway-ASI relationship for S&S. Publishers Weekly
Fees to participate in Archway vary according to different packages, but in general have the following ranges: Fiction: $1,999 – $14,999; Nonfiction: $1,999 – $14,999; Business: $2,199 – $24,999; and Children’s: $1,599 – $8,499.
Amazon Forced to Disclose UK Sales – Due to the tax inquiry taking place in the UK, Amazon has released sales numbers. Amazon is headquartered in Luxembourg and the VAT on ebooks there is only 3%. The Bookseller
The VAT in the UK on ebooks is 20%. Amazon’s UK sales are as follows: The table shows that in 2011, Amazon¹s UK website generated £2.91bn in sales, paying £416m in UK VAT. Those sales were an increase of 23.3% from 2010, where it made £2.36bn in revenue, paying £262m in VAT. In 2009, Amazon made £1.87bn in sales and paid £172m in VAT.
Former OED editor covertly deleted thousand of words, book claims – Sarah Ogilvie, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, has claimed that Robert Burchfield who provided supplements between 1972 and 1986 deleted thousands of non Anglocentric words from the OED. According to Ogilvie, once a word made it into the OED, it was never removed. If a word became obsolete, it was marked with a dagger but not deleted. The OED says that it is evaluating any term which was deleted or removed from Burchfield supplements. The Guardian
Photo Essay: When a Kid’s Bedroom Isn’t a Room – We talk about the digital divide but it’s not always a real thing. This photo essay posted at Mother Jones is a collection of images of the bedroom of a child. The differences are stark and meaningful. Mother Jones
Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and English for free – Learn a second language. For free. The program shows you an English phrase. You hover over the English words and it shows you the translated version. Then you type in the phrase you just learned on the next page. You can compete with your friends (kind of a words with friends thing?). The lessons also include pictures (to describe the word you are learning) along with sound so you can get the pronunciation correct.