More and more authors are self-publishing their books today, and many are finding the model to be more lucrative and sustainable than working with traditional publishers. But for authors trying to get started, the arena can be hard to break into—in part because of the sheer volume of editing, production, distribution and design services available.
What are the best services for self-publishing? How much money does it cost to produce a good-quality ebook? And what are some of the most effective marketing strategies?
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A Conference Focuses on Publishing Rights (Pub Perspectives)
“Things are not going to stop changing,” Ingenta’s Randy Petway told Monday’s Rights Conference audience. And that means new urgency around effective rights management.
4 Tips for Growing Your Social Media Following (BookMachine)
Social media is becoming one of the greatest assets you can use to grow your business. As a social media fiend, I’m particularly fond of using an online platform for recommending books to readers – I am here for great stories and even greater conversations about said stories. If you’d like to grow your social media presence, here are some tips for doing so.
Metrics Are Worthless… So What Should You Focus on Instead? (BookWorks)
While metrics give you a tangible measurement in the relatively intangible world of feelings, and they’re great for running ads or website data, a focus solely on metrics means we don’t always see the forest for all the trees.
Copyright Clearance Center Announces Enhancements to RightFind (DBW)
Copyright Clearance Center announced today a new round of enhancements to its cloud-based RightFind content workflow platform, including an updated interface, a new data feed and two new APIs.
The Evolution of the Book – TED-Ed Lesson (DBW)
TED-Ed created a new video titled “The Evolution of the Book” that sets out to answer the following questions: What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages?
PRH Audio Gives Away Free AudioBook for Audiobook Month (DBW)
Penguin Random House Audio announced that June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate the publisher is giving away free audiobook versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Small Decline in Wiley’s Fourth Quarter (Pub Lunch)
Wiley reported fourth quarter and full fiscal year results on Tuesday morning, with final quarter sales falling $7 million, to $434 million, and sales for the year declining $95.5 million, to $1.727 billion.
Microsoft and Apple Double Down (Stratechery)
It has been years since Microsoft upstaged an Apple Keynote (such things usually run in the opposite direction), but that is exactly what happened yesterday with the former’s $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn overshadowing Apple’s impressive yet iterative announcements at their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). And yet, despite the contrast in expectations (zero versus high) and reactions (“What?!?” versus “Makes Sense”) there is a certain symmetry to the news.
The Line of Best Fit (Bookseller)
A website, MountImprobable.com, was built by the publisher’s in-house Creative Technology team—comprising community manager Claudia Toia, creative developer Mathieu Triay and cover designer Matthew Young—who resuscitated and redeployed code Dawkins wrote in the 1980s and ’90s to enable users to create unique, “evolutionary” imprints. The images will be used as cover imagery on Dawkins’ trio to grant users an entirely individual, personalised print copy.