J. K. Rowling has released a detective novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbriath.
She told the Sunday Times of London, “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
Even as Amazon became one of the largest retailers in the country, it never seemed interested in charging enough to make a profit. Customers celebrated and the competition languished.
Now, with Borders dead, Barnes & Noble struggling and independent booksellers greatly diminished, for many consumers there is simply no other way to get many books than through Amazon. And for some books, Amazon is, in effect, beginning to raise prices.
The Big Six publishers have officially become the Big Five as Random House and Penguin completed a merger this morning. In a statement today, the two companies announced a new group known as Penguin Random House. The new company will include almost every part of both Random House and Penguin, creating a company with over 10,000 employees across five continents.
Here’s a Tumblr of random penguin houses.
An interesting look into the life of Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, and how much he’s not worth.
Being the most famous traveling spokesman for Internet freedom brings in a decent living, but it’s not Silicon Valley money. It’s barely London money. Wales’s total net worth, by most estimates, is just above $1 million, including stock from his for-profit company Wikia, a wiki-hosting service. … “Everyone makes fun of Jimmy for leaving the money on the table,” says Sue Gardner, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia.