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Why Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

Why 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. What this all comes down to is respect. The self-publishing community is a passionate one, believing its authors have just as much of a right to publish a...

Barnes & Noble

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....

Kindle Unlimited and the Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

Kindle Unlimited and the Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

How Amazon pays authors for work included in Kindle Unlimited (KU) made headlines across the inter-webs recently. Ann Christy’s post “KU Scammers on KU – What’s Going On” even made it on to the homepage of Hacker News. The discussion raises many interesting questions about what reading data Amazon collects and how Amazon uses...

Books Cannot Become Mere ‘Content’

Books Cannot Become Mere ‘Content’

I originally wanted to title this article “So What Is a Book Anyway?” as the last few years have seen a shift in what actually constitutes a book. Taking a step back, when we were children we were taught what a book was by being handed, naturally, a physical book. It had a cover...

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

Ingram on Finding the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

Ingram on Finding the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

Kobo Writing Life

Kobo Expands Kobo Writing Life Services

Kobo announced Wednesday the expansion of its Kobo Writing Life services for self-published authors, which include cover design, ebook conversion and copyrighting. Full press release below: Kobo Writing Life Tool Kit Helps Self-Published Authors Cross the Finish Line Author access to advantageous pricing on a variety of publishing services TORONTO, April 13, 2016: Whether it’s...

Hugh Howey

DBW Interview with Hugh Howey, Author

Hugh Howey is a New York Times best-selling science fiction author and one of the most vocal proponents of self-publishing. His biggest hit, Wool, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program and ballooned into a best-selling series that went on to win Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Award. Wool has also been optioned by...

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Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

Since Reedsy’s launch in November 2014, the company has made some interesting moves when it comes to developing its product. At its core, Reedsy—which was founded by Emmanuel Nataf, Matt Cobb, Ricardo Fayet and Vincent Durand—is an online marketplace that connects independent authors with marketing and design professionals. And now, with a new product called Reedsy...

How Is Technology Changing the Way We Read?

How Is Technology Changing the Way We Read?

I’m always interested in learning 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 of device...

language learning, apps, digital publishing

How One Publisher Is Revitalizing Language Learning

In this series of conversations with independent publishers, we’ll hear from some truly innovative people. These people are making waves, throwing shapes and shaking up different areas of the publishing industry. It’s rewarding to speak with entrepreneurs who love what they do and believe in their mission. Last month, I was alerted to the...

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Why Fiction Authors Should Consider Indie Publishing

Independent publishing has changed the way authors look at the industry, with many questioning whether it’s worthwhile to play the waiting game and pray for the payoff from a traditional publisher, or instead take their fate into their own hands. There are clearly benefits and pitfalls to either choice. What authors need to seriously...

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Why Fiction Authors Benefit from Indie Publishing

Independent publishing has changed the way authors look at the industry, with many questioning whether it’s worthwhile to play the waiting game and pray for the payoff from a traditional publisher, or instead take their fate into their own hands. There are clearly benefits and pitfalls to either choice. What authors need to seriously...

Digital Book World

How Publishers and ‘Hybrid’ Authors Are Working Together

In a time when authors have multiple avenues to publish their books, many publishers are finding themselves broadening their offerings to authors. And this trend has resulted in more “hybrid” authors who both self-publish and work with traditional publishers at the same time. During a discussion at Digital Book World 2016, Jane Dystel of Dystel...

The Benefits of an Amazon Giveaway for Kindle

The Benefits of an Amazon Giveaway for Kindle

Amazon Giveaways are now available for Kindle ebooks. No, I’m not talking about KDP Select free promos. I’m talking about Amazon Giveaways—contests hosted by Amazon on Amazon.com which until now have only been available for print books and other physical products. But now you no longer need to have a print edition to run...

How Publishers Must Start Working with Data

How Publishers Must Start Working with Data

“The recent slowdown in ebook sales has led some publishing observers to pronounce that the digital publishing revolution is over,” writes Andrew Rhomberg for Digital Book World. “The truth is, this is indeed the end, but merely the end of the beginning of how ebooks and online tools will affect publishing. We have now...

Data Guy

DBW Interview with Data Guy, Co-Founder, Author Earnings

Who exactly is Data Guy? We know he’s the numbers wizard behind Author Earnings—a collaboration between himself and self-published mega-author Hugh Howey. And we know that he’s anonymous. But that’s pretty much it. In the past two years, Data Guy’s Author Earnings reports have become an increasingly popular resource for authors, shedding light on...

A Look Forward and Back at Children’s Publishing

A Look Forward and Back at Children’s Publishing

February is a great time to talk about children’s books, in the aftermath of Toy Fair, Digital Kids, the MidWinter ALA and its accompanying Newbery, Caldecott and other awards, presented in January. While publishing for the adult market has its rewards and sense of community, children’s publishing has an infectious enthusiasm and sense of...

Is Self-Publishing Coming of Age in the Digital World?

Is Self-Publishing Coming of Age in the Digital World?

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a humble, self-published ebook, unable to satisfy the tastes of traditional publishers. Within a few years it had achieved domination on a global scale, spawning a series that has sold more than 125 million copies. E. L. James’s personal story has become a tantalizing fantasy...

Why Amazon Is Doubling Down on Lobbying

Why Amazon Is Doubling Down on Lobbying

Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies. The jump puts Amazon’s lobbying efforts in the same league as other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook, and reflects how the company’s expanding business interests have raised the stakes of...

A Look at How Three Publishers Are Doing It

A Look at How Three Publishers Are Doing It

The publishing industry has encountered plenty of change in the past decade, most acutely due to the consumers’ mass adoption of digital content, which has been widely reported. Accordingly, the old stalwarts have been forced to adapt in a competitive environment, and this has opened up opportunities for smaller, more agile publishing groups to...

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BOOKEXPO AMERICA (BEA) CONTENT & DIGITAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 WITH FOCUS ON NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) Libraries Transform: ALA@BEA sessions and New Conference Tracks Covering Children’s and Self-Publishing Add to Programming Created to Engage and Educate Leaders in Publishing Industry Norwalk, CT, January 20, 2016: BookExpo America (BEA),...

When Will Content Be Truly Mobile?

When Will Content Truly Be Mobile?

Here’s a radical idea: sell the all-in-one edition where my print purchase also includes the ebook and audio formats. We’re seeing the beginnings of this with alternate format add-ons, like Amazon’s Audible narration and Kindle MatchBook; the former brings audio to the ebook and the latter provides a discounted Kindle edition if you’ve already...

Blurb Announces New CEO; Gittins Stays on as Chairman

Blurb Announces New CEO; Gittins Stays on as Chairman

Book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb announced on Tuesday that Todd Larsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as an advisor to the company. “I am honored and excited to lead Blurb into its next phase...

Blurb

Blurb Announces New CEO

Book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb announced on Tuesday that Todd Larsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as an advisor to the company. “I am honored and excited to lead Blurb into its next phase of...

Amazon Has Won the Self-Publishing Market

Amazon Has Won the Self-Publishing Market

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, is chopping off its self-publishing arm. The company said Tuesday that it has sold Author Solutions—the self-publishing author-tools platform that it bought in 2012—to an unnamed affiliate of US private equity firm Najafi Companies for an undisclosed sum. Whether driven by sinking profits or...

What Goes into a Successful Marketing Plan?

What Goes into a Successful Marketing Plan?

Today’s readers and book buyers are savvy. Ads are not enough to get a potential customer’s attention, and being bombarded daily with emails, texts, posts, tweets, shares, images and videos makes it incredibly easy, and more likely, for people to ignore ads. In fact, people are going out of their way to avoid ads,...

How Publishers Can Use Their Authors to Boost Sales

How Publishers Can Use Their Authors to Boost Sales

“Call me Ishmael.” “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” “It was a dark and stormy night.” These are the opening lines that have turned writers into authors and kept many a reader glued to the books and statements made by their favorite wordsmiths (Well, maybe not that last...

What Happened to Innovation in Publishing?

What Happened to Innovation in Publishing?

Remember the excitement surrounding the launch of Amazon’s Kindle eight years ago? It was a clunky device, even by 2007 standards, but it was revolutionary. One of the original Kindle’s breakthrough features was the ability to download books via cellular network. The e-ink display and extremely long battery life also led to its popularity...

The All-in-One Subscription Model

The All-in-One Subscription Model

Self-publishing is easier than it has ever been, but in the current marketplace earning money for the books you’ve written now comes with a whole new set of challenges. Most authors and publishers are finding it difficult to get their books to stand out in a market that’s only getting more and more saturated....

Print Primacy Vs. Digital Diversity?

Is Print the Single Source of Truth?

No matter what the trend in ebook sales, digital publishing continues to evolve. New resources have allowed for the development of products that complement and expand the publisher’s mission. Editors have had to give ground to producers and software developers, as new assessment modules, learning objects, multimedia tools and social medial platforms take hold....

How Paid Reviews Work for Indie Authors

How Paid Reviews Work for Indie Authors

Bowker’s most recent analysis of ISBN numbers revealed that 458,564 books were self-published in 2013, an increase of 17 percent over 2012. Occasionally an indie book breaks out of this crowded pack and achieves significant sales or acclaim, but this is still a rare occurrence, given the sheer number of titles, the variability of...