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Thursday News: Update on EC v. DA, Atavist Books shutting down, Interview with After author Anna Todd, and mummifying Barbie

Thursday News: Update on EC v. DA, Atavist Books shutting down,...

Jane would also like everyone to know that she is doing fine and greatly appreciates all the well wishes.

I’d like to add another thank you to everyone who donated to the defense fund, which is currently more than $54,000. Given the awfulness of the past few days, this shared accomplishment has helped keep my faith in the integrity of our overlapping book communities. –Dear Author

“While we are very proud of the quality of the titles produced by Atavist Books to date, we have identified that the market for highly innovative enhanced full length literary e-books still heavily relies on a print component and has yet to emerge,” said a spokesperson for IAC, who confirmed the news, first reported yesterday. –Publishers Weekly

What this says to me is that we should not underestimate the market clout of readers in their late teens and early 20s.

On Wattpad, “After” has been read more than one billion times. The multi-part book has just under 10 million unique readers, who have left 6 million comments. It’s crazy. To make bestseller lists, authors generally sell tens of thousands of books per week. Then again, reading on Wattpad is free.

Todd’s method is madness, too. Just out of college, she wrote the million-word series in largely unedited spurts from her Android phone, over the course of a little more than a year. She told Re/code she started writing because she was an avid fanfic reader and was bored without new installments from Wattpad writers she followed. So she pulled out her phone and jotted down her own, typos and all.

Todd finalized the book contract in June of this year, just before wrapping up the epic story. For the print version, the character named after the real-life pop star “Harry Styles” — an abusive jerk with a heart of gold (well, maybe) — has been renamed Hardin. –Re/code

Monday News: Romance Awareness Month at Open Road, Kindle Worlds a failure?, new children’s author Ben Bailey Smith, and reader-driven school supplies campaign

Monday News: Romance Awareness Month at Open Road, Kindle Worlds a...

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According to Tushnet, a big part of the problem is the creative limits that brand owners impose on the use of their work. In the case of G.I. Joe, for instance, the villain can’t wear a Yankees cap. Characters in other works can’t use drugs or employ profane language. And gay, bisexual or deviant sexual behavior might be off-limits too. –Gigaom

On the subject of fatherhood he is keen not to be “one of those people who says it’s changed me”, but it is touching. “I’m still the same reprobate I always was but I worry now. When you’re a parent you become responsible. And I can’t procrastinate like I used to. If you’ve got time you spend it with your kids and I rarely have time. I thought I understood what love was before I had children but I didn’t. Now I’m constantly concerned about the kids in a way I didn’t think about any girlfriend or even my own parents.” –London Evening Standard

It’s back to school time, but not everyone can afford the supplies needed for school. All profits from this Look Good, Do Good – School Supplies campaign T-shirts will go to the Kids in Need Foundation which provides free school supplies to students and teachers through the Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers. Find out more here. If we sell 50 shirts, we will send approximately $400 to the Kids in Need Foundation. Come on, let’s show them what readers can do! –Fresh Fiction