A long piece on how authors really make money. A decent read. I'm about halfway through so far. A good quote so far, "Despite the industry-encouraged myth that print has no margins, a hardcover book sold for $20, assuming no graphics or color, can often be produced for less than $2 a copy." Understand that is the cost of the physicality of the book. The rest goes into royalties, upfront costs, and margins. Although his link to Author Solutions bothers me. I think I remember something not so good about them, but can't call it up quick. Use at your own risk. (grokked from Tobias Buckell).
Mer Haskell has a new story up at Strange Horizons. Mer's good. You should be reading her.
A piece in the New Yorker on the Koch brothers. I think I've talked about them before, and their names come up all the time in my sourcewatch searches. (grokked from Jay Lake)