Setting up shop in the U.S., the Spanish-language publisher Pentian introduces its unique crowdfunding approach to the English reading market.
In Pentian’s model, early supporters get a cut of each book’s royalties, ensuring that the author isn’t the only stakeholder. Once a project’s costs have been met, Pentian closes funding and puts it into production.
The approach is meant to inject a sense of urgency in the self-publishing process while building a community of readers to help spread the word about forthcoming titles.
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Indie Press Does Business with Simon & Schuster and Amazon (Pub Lunch)
The first of two recent agreements struck by Omnific Publishing allows Simon & Schuster to co-publish some of the independent romance publisher’s titles. With the other, Omnific licenses rights to ten of its books to Amazon Publishing.
Will Simon & Schuster’s Library Ebook Program Hurt Consortia? (Good E Reader)
The fact that Simon & Schuster now sells ebooks to libraries for one-year terms, while also letting libraries sell ebooks to patrons, could complicate the way libraries interact with the consortia they belong to.
Google Takes Aim at Amazon (Forbes)
Google is pumping $500 million into an expansion of its Shopping Express service to give Amazon a better run for its money.
Amazon Launches Wearable Tech Shop in UK (Wired UK)
The e-tailer moves to solidify the category as a species within the gadget genus.
Publishing Technology’s Scholarly Arm Gets New Exec (DBW)
Ann Lawson leaves EBSCO to head up the Ingentaconnect division geared to the academic publishing market.
New Tool for Turning Blogs Into Books (Good E Reader)
A WordPress plugin called MyPublishingAssistant aims to smooth the process for bloggers looking to convert their Web content into outputs ready for publication on a range of platforms in various formats.
Amazon Opens Tamil Bookstore (The Hindu Business Line)
Continuing its push into the Indian market, Amazon launches an 8,000-title Tamil-language bookstore.
Hong Kong Book Fair Gets Global (Pub Perspectives)
Now in its 25th year, the large consumer-focused event’s emphasis on the Chinese reading market is widening, with industry professionals taking closer note.
Indie Publisher Accepts Bitcoin (Digital Journal)
Falbe Publishing experiments with the alternative currency in its direct-to-consumer retail operation.