Only in book publishing can a small concern made up of just a handful of people and a will to publish compete with the largest companies. Indie authors are showing the industry that an individual can compete, too.
The ebook era has flattened the playing field so much so that start-up digital-only publishers and indie authors routinely sell as many copies of their books as do some of the very largest publishers in the world. Well, “routinely” might be a stretch, but it’s happening.
Always looking for that next smart investment, publishers want to find a way to capitalize. Houses like Penguin, Simon & Schuster and others have been buying rights to books from indie authors. And, most recently, Macmillan formed a partnership with red-hot digital-only publisher Entangled Publishing, which has scored a number of best-sellers over the past six months.
The partnership will see Macmillan handling digital and print distribution for Entangled, the latter new to the start-up.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
The Real Reason Behind Random-Penguin (Guardian)
It’s the brand, baby. The Guardian’s Stephen Page believes that the new mega-publisher will use the Penguin brand to get closer to consumers, a move publishers have been struggling to make.
Publishing Indie Authors (DBW)
Agent and DBW Expert Blogger Jason Allen Ashlock interviews Simon & Schuster editor Amy Tannenbaum, who has successfully published several titles that started out as self-published: “Taking on Indie authors is of course new territory for me and I had to give myself a crash course in what was out there.” It’s part of a new series from Ashlock and DBW.
Making Ebook Buying Easier on Readers (DBW)
A new start-up from Canada promises a smoother process to get readers from finding your titles on the Web to buying them.
The Future of Fiction and Self-Publishing (Jane Friedman)
How will serious literary undertakings be supported in the future, if at all? What is the future of self-publishing? Former Writer’s Digest editor-in-chief Jane Friedman has some of the answers.
Simon & Schuster is publishing the complete works of President Richard Nixon as ebooks.
Amazon Prime Comes to Canada Without Any of the Good Stuff (Techcrunch)
Amazon has brought its Prime program to Canada, offering customers two-day shipping on most items for a flat, annual fee. Unlike in the U.S., the Prime subscription doesn’t come with an ebook library to borrow titles or streaming video.
When Your Textbook Studies You (DBW)
In addition to its new SmartBook, which adapts to its reader’s learning curve, McGraw-Hill has a suite of new learning tools that could be the future of education.
Win a Sony Xperia or eReader (DBW)
Get hyped for the Publishing Innovation Awards luncheon at DBW 2013 next week: publishing personality Porter Anderson hosting; former Congressman and current head of the Association of American Publishers Tom Allen keynoting; and several lucky attendees will walk away with a new tablet computer or e-reading device from Sony! Register today!
Loving the Ebook Buzz (DBW)
The best thing about the Digital Book World Conference + Expo? The buzz.
How Sweet to Be a Librarian (CareerCast)
Being a librarian is one of the least stressful jobs you can have – regardless of what’s going on with ebooks and libraries. Click here for more relaxing jobs.
‘Books and Butchers’ (WSJ)
From digital era innovations to butchery, libraries are doing what they can to stay vital to their communities.
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