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Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books

Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine. But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two...

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Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

An open letter has been making the rounds the last couple days that pits the self-publishing community against one of the banners of big corporate publishing. Here’s an excerpt from indie author Cambria Herbert’s “An open letter to Barnes and Noble” (Emphasis is hers): This isn’t just an angry letter because I got another form rejection....

Oyster Turns Web Publisher

The subscription ebook service turns web publisher with an online literary magazine, Simon & Schuster widens its library ebook program, BiblioBoard offers library ebooks by indie authors, BitLit bundles Elsevier ebooks and much more.

Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors?

Kobo's Michael Tamblyn on why indie authors won't be spared Amazon's profit-improving tactics, Google Play's swift growth, gloomy forecast for global e-reader market, Amazon tests "Apple store concept" and more.

Kobo President Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors: You’re on Amazon’s Hit List

Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn) took to Twitter today to explain why, in his view, indie authors won’t be exempt from the tactics Amazon is using against Hachette in order to squeeze more profit from the publisher’s titles. Here’s what Tamblyn calls his “32 Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors.” Learn more: To hear more...

Blurb Does Deal With Ingram to Help Indie Authors Get Into Bookstores

Self-publishing services provider Blurb has launched a series of initiatives designed to help indie authors get their print books into bookstores, one of the hurdles self-published authors face in terms of developing a large audience and one of the main advantages traditionally published authors enjoy. Through a deal with Ingram, the world’s largest distributor...

Smashwords CEO on Why He as an Indie Author Supports Hachette Against Amazon

AMPLIFICATION: We should have pointed out in this post originally that Smashwords as a distributor doesn’t distribute most of its self-published ebook titles to Amazon and so would benefit from more readers buying ebooks from other retailers. We regret the omission.  Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords and an indie author...

Webcast: How to Use Data to Make Publishing Decisions

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a webcast exploring the multiplying strategic and operational roles data can play in publishers’ and authors’ decision-making. Utilizing data strategically is among the most urgent challenges for publishers today. With sales data still sharply restricted by...

Self-Published Authors Predict Fewer Hybrids, More Indie Clout

Related: What Advantages Do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors? | Work on Authors by Sociologist Dana Beth Weinberg “We do what we want,” best-selling indie author Bella Andre said, pithily summing up the advantages self-published writers enjoy in the digital marketplace, on a panel this morning at the International Digital Publishing Forum at Book Expo...

8 Resolutions for the Digital Book Business In 2014

The New Year is a natural time to look ahead and imagine how things could be better. Here are eight resolutions to consider for the readers of Digital Book World. I’ve listed two for each of the categories of people who read this site: two for publishers, two for indie authors, two for eBook...

Vellum Simplifies Ebook Conversion So Authors Can Focus On Their Craft

Authors who want to create their own digital books are often frustrated when converting their manuscripts into ebooks. A Seattle software company called 180g  has created a tool, Vellum, that handles the technical ins-and-outs of building EPUB, MOBI, and iBook files—simplifying ebook conversion and giving authors more time to focus on their craft. Vellum ebook...

Book Country Creates ‘Curated’ Kickstarter Page for Indie Authors Seeking Funding

Learn more about self-publishing authors and how they’re affecting the book publishing industry at Digital Book World 2014. Register today!   [Press Release] PENGUIN GROUP’S BOOK COUNTRY LAUNCHES A CURATED KICKSTARTER PAGE Book Country, the online writing and publishing community established by trade book publisher Penguin Group (USA) LLC, announced today that it created...