News You Can Use – April 17, 2012

Getting by on a Writer’s Income – Lawrence Block reflects on the challenges of the writing life. An excellent article from someone with a half a century of experience.

Microsoft Word is Dead – Tom Scocca in “Slate” makes a bold claim. I would vehemently disagree from the point-of-view of writers and editors and publishers. But he may be right when it comes to office collaborations and the like.

Mary Poppins Author Regrets Selling Movie Rights to Disney – A story behind the story. What we may have seen as a delight the author saw as a violation. Our family happens to have enjoyed both the movie and the original books.

—– Articles about the Department of Justice Lawsuit —–

One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil…on Second Thought – Bufo Calvin weighs in on the DOJ lawsuit

Agency is Dead, Long Live the New Agency – No, the article is not talking about literary agents despite some of your wishes. Instead Philip Hughes looks carefully at the DOJ lawsuit and asks some great questions.

Amazon E-book Pricing a Thorn in the Flesh – Fascinating look at a publisher that has willfully removed all their books from Amazon’s web site despite the risk of lost sales.

The DOJ Lawsuit Won’t Solve the Big Problem – Emily Bell in the UK sees the issue a little differently.

4 Responses to News You Can Use – April 17, 2012

  1. Frank Ball April 17, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Microsoft Word is far from dead.

    There was a time when I had to copy Word text to Notepad as an intermediate step so I could strip out the hidden Word control codes. Not anymore. Some websites now handle Word text wonderfully well.

    More importantly, I create fancy tables in Word, then copy and paste directly into my WordPress sites, giving me perfect HTML code. This is hundreds of times easier than creating complex HTML tables from scratch.

  2. Johnnie April 17, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    As an avid WordPerfect fan (remember that program), I had to read the article about the death of Word. I use WP to type my manuscripts (and just about anything else).

    It’s an extra step to convert a document I need to share with others to Word, but worth it. In my opinion, WP is a much easier program to use, especially because of it’s Reveal Codes feature.

    Occasionally, I’ll save a Word document to WP and turn on the Reveal Codes feature. Amazing the extra “junk” hidden in the Word document.

  3. Linda Caviness April 17, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    You have titled this feature very well. I always find something useful in this and, given the variety, I’m sure most other readers do too. It’s also a great way to waste time when I should be writing ;0)
    Thanks so much. linda

  4. Rachel Wilder April 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I quit using Word years ago in favor of Open Office. We get along quite well and I’ll never use Word again.

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