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Remember 1993?

Don’t worry – this isn’t one of those shows on VH1 where washed-up pseudo-celebrities make flippant remarks about other washed-up celebrities who were famous in 1993. It’s a real look back at the past: what agents thought about digital publishing way back when. Despite what your opinion about agents’ relationships with ebooks today, in 1993 they were well-informed and perhaps ahead of the curve.

Our own blogger, agent, e-publisher and ebook-seller Richard Curtis wrote an article titled A Look Back: Have You Missed the Electronic Revolution? For the Association of Authors’ Representatives newsletter. In 1993.

Shocking, but at that time Curtis suggested with his headline that perhaps agents had already missed the boat. This was the start of the CD-ROM craze that hit publishing in the ‘90s, many of you may recall, so it’s not that prescient – but it makes a lot of points that would have been so in 2007.

Read the full article along with current commentary.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Ebooks in Libraries of the Future (DBW)
The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy will be sharing with publishers, agents, authors, librarians and technology vendors who are DBW’s readers its own perspective on what’s happening with libraries and ebooks in our Expert Publishing Blog.

Kindle Fire Gains on iPad Over Holidays (
Among tablets, the Kindle Fire gained about 3% market-share while the iPad lost about 7% — based on Web traffic measurements post-holidays – according to Chitika Insights, a research firm owned by the Chitika online ad network.

Five Publishing Trends to Watch in 2013 (DBW)
From publishing consultant and DBW partner Mike Shatzkin. Some of these are ones we’ve been watching since early 2012. Some are brand new.

Top Ten Self-Publishing Blogs of 2012 (The Future of Ink)
Need to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the self-publishing world in 2013? Check out these top ten blogs of 2012.

January Is Digital Book World Month (Pub Lunch)
DBW partner Pub Lunch shares with its readers all the reasons to go to Digital Book World – so we’ll share them with our readers!

Blog to Book (TeleRead)
Ebook Glue is another new service that turns blogs into ebooks. Thing is, it’s maybe the easiest thus far: Type in the URL of your blog and one click gives you a downloadable EPUB file and a downloadable MOBI file.

Analysis of 2012’s Top Ebook Best-Sellers (L.A. Times)
It was all about the series and all about erotic romance in 2012 – nothing you don’t already know, but coming, reassuringly, from a new source.

The Book Club of the Future? (DBW)
Random House Australia is launching a new book club that will live online and on the radio and be led by a charismatic broadcaster from down under.

Subscription Service For STM (PW)
We’re not sure if this article is paid for by its subject – sure feels that way. But it’s interesting enough to be worth a read anyway. It’s about a subscription service for science, technology and medicine book content.

Author Intimidation (NYT)
Author Lawrence Wright has a book coming out about Scientology based on his book proposal – ahem! – we mean “article” in The New Yorker. The Church of Scientology has tried a series of tactics to dissuade him and his publishers from going to press. None have worked; some have helped his efforts.


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