At Amazon's Very First E-Book Author Lunch

Eleven Madison Park, where the lunch was held. Photograph by Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

It used to be that authors with hotly anticipated books coming out would enjoy lavish attention from their publishing houses. Armies of publicists would make sure their galleys reached the most influential readers; author tours were planned. There were radio and print interviews scheduled, carefully, around an excerpt in a major magazine. And then there was the author lunch, an elegant affair in which the goggle-eyed writer clinked glasses with critics and editors and generally basked.

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