The Writers’ Union of Canada: public statement on Amazon-Hachette dispute

>>From The Writers’ Union of Canada website.

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on both main players in the negotiation between online retailer Amazon.com and book publisher Hachette Book Group to work in good faith toward an immediate resolution of their protracted and damaging disagreement. As it stands, individual authors are caught in the crossfire, and are seeing incomes and potential future earnings severely damaged.

It’s clear there are two well-defined sides to choose from in this ongoing disagreement – in favour of Amazon’s relatively new pricing/royalties design and a promising digital marketplace for all authors (both publisher-affiliated and independent), or in favour of traditional publishers like Hachette Book Group who have seen online sales unreasonably curtailed for the purposes of negotiation (a reprehensible tactic that does nothing more than hurt authors).

TWUC chooses a third side – that of the full spectrum of today’s professional authors. Simply put, neither Amazon.com nor Hachette Book Group would exist without the work of professional authors.

TWUC’s position on e-book royalties is on the record – we believe the current industry standard of 25% does not reflect a marketplace reality, and TWUC’s Royalty Math calculatorclearly shows the publisher/author partnership on e-book sales would be more equitably represented at a 50% royalty rate. We call upon all traditional publishers to address this inequity immediately.

On the other hand, restrictions to online sales, the removal of purchased links and other such widely reported hardline negotiation tactics are abhorrent, and represent, we believe, attacks on the free market and free speech. On this issue, TWUC stands with independent booksellers who have stated “Independent booksellers sell books from all publishers. Always.”

All authors, those housed at large publishers, those at medium and small houses, and those professionally self-published through an expanding universe of online services – all of us – benefit from an industry that contains and sustains both traditional publishing and Amazon.com. As well, all of us suffer when large players in the marketplace restrict access to books, refuse to compromise on terms, and ignore market realities.

Forbes magazine has recently predicted the Amazon.com-Hachette Book Group dispute could stretch into 2015. That is unacceptable. The Writers’ Union of Canada joins with author groups worldwide in demanding an immediate resolution. Authors who have worked for years to bring their books to market in the coming months should not suffer because two giants refuse to come to terms with each other.

Registration for the Editors’ Association of Canada’s certification program now open

From the Editors’ Association of Canada

Get certified, get hired

Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Validate and affirm your editing skills? Help to elevate the status of editing and editors in Canada?

To succeed in today’s competitive job market, you need an edge over the competition. Certification demonstrates the highest level of editing expertise and is a powerful marketing tool for professional editors.

Make this the year you join the growing roster of certified editors.

Register now!

The proofreading and structural editing tests will be written on Saturday, November 15, 2014, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

The copy editing and stylistic editing tests will be offered in November 2015.

Discover how certification can help your career. Register today.

EAC announces Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award

From the Editors’ Association of Canada

Toronto, July 15, 2014—The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Saskatoon-based editor Michelle Boulton is the recipient of the 2014 Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

Boulton, a founding member of the Saskatoon (now Saskatchewan) branch of EAC, began volunteering shortly after joining the association in 2001. She held many branch executive positions from 2001 to 2008, and served several terms on the national executive council as well, including as EAC president from 2009 to 2011. Boulton also participated in drafting the 2009 edition of EAC’s cornerstone publication, Professional Editorial Standards, and served as editor-in-chief of the association’s national magazine, Active Voice/Voix active.

“I have always believed that you only get out of an organization what you are willing to give,” says Boulton. “I volunteer for EAC because I feel some obligation to contribute to my professional organization, but also because of the tremendous rewards I get from it.”

“It has been a great professional development opportunity—as a freelancer, I have learned a lot from colleagues who have more—or different—experience than I do, and from (EAC’s) national office staff, who have a whole other set of skills and experience. I have made important professional connections, but, more importantly, I have made some amazing friends.”

Boulton has brought an imaginative vision to all her roles within EAC and has worked tirelessly to bring the association to higher and more professional levels. She is also committed to her freelance business, where she leads a team of experienced professionals to offer services from editing to design and layout.

Established in 2010, EAC’s President’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers. From among the nominations received for the President’s Award, one nominee is selected to receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

BookNet Canada releases three-part research report series, The Canadian Book Consumer 2013

from BookNet Canada

BookNet Canada has released a series of three research reports, The Canadian Book Consumer 2013, providing valuable insight into consumer book-buying patterns. In-Depth Reader Profiles examines the demographics and buying patterns of consumers purchasing specific genres of books. Book Purchases by Channel looks at how discovery channels impact buyers of different formats and whether buyers of print books and ebooks are influenced differently by particular marketing and publicity initiatives. And Digital Sales and Trends investigates how Canadians are finding, purchasing, and reading ebooks.

Buying any of the reports gets you a 25% discount on the others, and you can purchase the complete set for 30% off. For more information and to purchase, please visit www.booknetcanada.ca/consumer-studies.

To find BookNet Canada’s infographics with related report information, visit their board on Pinterest.

Retail Council of Canada announces return of Find-a-Bookstore

From the Retail Council of Canada.

It’s back: www.FindaBookstore.ca!

The communities that form around independent bookstores are a unique intersection of art, business, community and self-improvement, and play a vital role in keeping reading culture alive in Canada. The Find a Bookstore map tool exists to help connect these vital independent booksellers with the customers who are just waiting to discover them.

How can you help?

  1. Spread the word!
    • Help us promote Canada’s independent bookstores by sharing a link on your website, Facebook page or on Twitter (you can follow us @RCCCBABook and use the hashtag #findabookstore)
  2. Check the map for your favorite bookstores and let us know if anyone is missing!
  3. Point your friends, family, followers, customers and fellow booksellers to www.FindaBookstore.ca to find bookstores in their area. Remind them about how amazing local bookstores are, and how much fun they can be to visit on a bookish road trip.

We all love our bookstores and can’t wait to share that love with new people!

The Retail Council of Canada has a range of membership services available to bookstores. If you are interested in taking advantage of membership, or joining in support of your community bookstore, please visit retailcouncil.org/memberservices.

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