Authors feel economic impact when their books are banned

Oct 11, 2023
While some authors report an uptick in sales following the attention of book bans, bans can be detrimental for others.
Book bans "can be quite detrimental to the economics of that book," said Kasey Meehan, program director of Freedom to Read at PEN America.
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California writers cafe changes the business model for coworking spaces

Apr 4, 2023
A subscription-based coworking site in San Francisco functions as a private coffee shop for members and fosters collaboration.
Page Street is open 24/7, with each member granted access through an electronic key.
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The Big Book recommendations of 2016

Dec 9, 2016
We talk to a lot of authors on our show. Here are some titles that stood out in 2016.

How do authors make money from library books?

Jul 25, 2016
Most of them aren't donations. Think of them as prepaid.
Stanford University's library.
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The Adventures of Mark Twain’s debt

May 6, 2016
The great American author was a not-so-great investor.
Archival picture of Mark Twain circa 1884.  
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Kids' publishing phenomenon Beverly Cleary turns 100

Apr 12, 2016
With more than 90 million books sold, the children's author is a literary force.
Beverly Cleary in Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Discovering Beverly Cleary."
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One-time novelists who left their mark

Feb 19, 2016
Harper Lee, author of the beloved 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' died Friday.
 Author Harper Lee received the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
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The founding of the somewhat United States

Oct 23, 2015
Lafayette's influence is everywhere in America.
In 1781, Gens. Rochambeau and Washington, with the Marquis de Lafayette, give the last orders for attack in "Siege of Yorktown" by Auguste Couder.
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John Green doesn't call himself a writer

Oct 19, 2015
But he's still a best-selling author. And he's keeping his YouTube day job.

The business of being naked

Jun 5, 2015
Nude tourism is an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.