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Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund

Amazon announced in a blog post today that it is launching the Kindle Reading Fund, a program that will work to make books “more easily available to communities around the world through digital reading.” The Fund will include donations of Kindle e-readers and ebooks. As part of the new program, Amazon is partnering with...

ebooks, pdf, ocr, scan, agents, authors, publishers

What Agents Need to Know About Their Authors’ Ebooks

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of thinking that...

bookstores, barnes & noble, data, amazon, publishers

Why Shop at a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore?

Do you still shop at your local bookstore? I typically go once, maybe twice a year, and the last time for me was December 2015. This weekend, though, I made a rare summer visit to my local Barnes & Noble in search of books for my almost six-month-old grandson, Jasper. No matter how good...

publishers, data, big data

What the Panama Papers Tell Publishers About Big Data

The release of the Panama Papers earlier this year unveiled a global conspiracy of tax evasion and money laundering by some of the world’s most powerful politicians, officials and businesses. Just a month ago, new revelations showed that corrupt officials across Africa have used shell companies to hide profits from the sale of natural...

audiobooks, print books

Why Audiobooks Are Better Than Print Books

I’m always surprised by the hesitancy with which some people approach audiobooks. Despite their ability to offer consumers a uniquely beneficial experience with the text, the format is frequently met with reservations. Last month, Daniel Berkowitz discussed some of those misgivings in his piece “Audiobooks Make Me Feel Like I’m Cheating” for this publication....

video, publishers, virtual reality, vr, mobile, augmented reality, self-driving cars

What Digital Publishers Need to Know About Video

If one were to define “digital publishing” loosely, it would be an amalgam of interactive, engaging content—delivered straight to the end user through online platforms. What sets it apart from traditional publishing is its format, which is designed for ease of consumption and extending unparalleled accessibility. Digital publishing has provided a global platform for...

marketing, authors, books, sales, social media

11 Ways Authors Can Overcome Marketing Dread

I was with a group of authors the other day when the conversation took a turn toward marketing. The group was unanimous in the declaration that they loved to write but loathed to market their work. Whether they were self-published or worked with a more traditional publishing house, whether they sold most of their...

Ratings Catcher

Ratings Catcher Helps Authors Monitor Reviews

Many authors have trouble keeping track of their book reviews, as companies like Amazon and Apple simply don’t present them all. Kindle only shows U.S. reviews, and iBooks only shows reviews from the author’s home country. But a new service called Ratings Catcher is trying to solve that problem for authors. Launched earlier this month, Ratings Catcher gathers...

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How a Big Five Publisher Designs a Book Cover

It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets. After working at the...

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The Short-Form Content Resurgence

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “info snacking,” back in 2007. It was when the Kindle launched and Jeff Bezos said his newfangled device would slow the info snacking trend and enable deeper engagement with content. The Kindle platform certainly launched the ebook revolution, but it’s interesting that it didn’t halt...

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Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Classics

Amazon announced today the launch of Kindle Singles Classics, a new series of essays and stories from iconic authors. Many of the essays are available digitally for the first time. Singles Classics are exclusive to Kindle and free for Kindle Unlimited members. Full press release below: Kindle Announces Singles Classics Singles Classics launches with...

audiobooks, amazon, audible, channels, podcasts

Amazon Continues Dominance with Audible Channels

Even though they’re gaining momentum, I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. Amazon, of course, owns the market with both Audible and Brilliance. Although it didn’t receive a lot of fanfare last week, Audible introduced one of the most interesting and long overdue services that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m talking...

audiobooks, amazon, audible, channels, podcasts

Amazon Extends Its Dominance with Audible Channels

Even though they’re gaining momentum, I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. Amazon, of course, owns the market with both Audible and Brilliance. Although it didn’t receive a lot of fanfare last week, Audible introduced one of the most interesting and long overdue services that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m talking...

marketing, books, book marketing, publicity, authors

What Does Book Marketing Look Like Today?

Having run publishing businesses for 11 years, you would assume that I would know the answer to that seemingly basic question. But, speaking honestly, I’m not sure that I do. And I’m not sure that many other publishers do, either. This isn’t a criticism of publishers’ marketing campaigns—there are clearly some very successful ones—but...

authors, self-publishing, books, ebooks, editing, covers, proofreading

A NASA Shuttle Engineer’s Guide to Self-Publishing

The journey to writing and launching that first book is one of the most challenging things anyone can do in their professional career. You’re constantly out of your comfort zone, having to learn a myriad of new things, and must wear every hat in the business realm. It’s no wonder that as many as...

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How Self-Published Authors Should Market Their Books

This is part six of a six-part series. You’ve written your book, had it edited, sorted out the formatting and typesetting and done everything you can to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be. Your cover design makes your book stand out to potential readers and you’ve polished the blurb until...

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Barnes & Noble Adds Print Feature to Nook Press

Barnes & Noble announced today the launch of a new print feature for its self-publishing platform, Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at BN.com. The program is self-service and allows authors to create both hardcover and paperback versions....

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Amazon Launches Page Flip Feature for Kindle

Amazon announced today the launch of Page Flip, a new feature for its line of Kindle e-readers, that makes it easier for readers to flip back and forth between pages to different parts of the book without losing their place. Page Flip will be delivered starting today as part of a free, over-the-air update....

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What Self-Published Authors Should Know About Hard Copies

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

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Amazon Launches All-New Kindle and Updated Paperwhite

Amazon announced today that it is releasing a new version of its Kindle e-reader. The device is thinner and lighter than the previous Kindle, and and has twice the memory. It also has a more rounded design and is available in black or white. The new Kindle remains $79.99 and will be available July...

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Amazon Is Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

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How Amazon and Audible Are Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

How to Build a Successful Indie Press

How to Build a Successful Indie Press

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

For the past several years, I’ve been writing about how containers, such as books, newspapers and magazines, are slowly fading away. They’ll certainly be around for many years, but their relevance will slip into the background as personalized, digital content streams become more important. The more I think about the future, the more I...

indie publishers, books, ebooks, sales, metadata, marketing, authors

How Books Are Changing

Working in this industry, I frequently think about the state of reading today. Given that many of us now read more on digital devices than we do with physical books, I find myself wondering how that shift has affected our reading habits. Do we skim more and retain less? Does it matter what type...

authors, writer, ebook, ebook formatting, self-publishing

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

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Why Amazon Is Not Innovative

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

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Amazon, Ebooks and the Lack of Innovation

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings posted a new report on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses. According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at...