Articles by Susan Lulgjuraj

Scribd to cut romance and erotica titles from its catalog

By Susan Lulgjuraj
July 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The ebook subscription model seems to have hit a bump. According to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, Scribd is cutting its romance and erotica catalog. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most [...]

Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Smashwords is changing the way it allows pre-orders on its site for authors. Previously, the entire manuscript needed to be uploaded in order to take advantage of pre-orders, but that is no longer the case. Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced on the company’s blog that preorders are going [...]

Tolino launches self-publishing platform in Germany

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

One of the leading German digital booksellers has launched a self-publishing platform. Tolino Media is giving indie authors another way to distribute books in Germany, according to Publishing Perspectives. Publishing Perspectives says that Tolino has already attracted a few notable German [...]

Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest Kindle World popped up last week with the Lei Crime Series. The Lei Crime Series, written by Toby Neal, debuted on April 7. Kindle Worlds allow anyone to write stories within specific universes using characters already developed by the respective authors. The Lei Crime Kindle World [...]

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

Oyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription [...]

Self-pub star Jasinda Wilder signs traditional book deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

A popular indie author is going a bit traditional. USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder has signed a deal with Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, according to a report in USA Today. The deal is for a trilogy worth seven figures, according to a press [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards announced

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

For those who having been following it, there’s plenty of controversy around the 2015 Hugo Awards, but for those who just want the list… The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday. More than 2,100 ballots were received (including three by paper), setting a [...]

Gigaom is shutting down

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Gigaom is shutting down. The company made the announcement on Monday night with a statement on its website. Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their [...]

J.A. Konrath added to Kindle Worlds, but with a twist

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kindle Worlds just got a little bigger. J.A. Konrath announced that writers can now submit stories for Jack Daniels and Associates. However, Konrath’s world is a little different as he explained on his blog. He loved the idea of Kindle Worlds when it was announced in 2013. Fans of a specific [...]

Barnes & Noble separates its college business

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble announced it will separate its retail and e-book businesses from its college offering, making it a standalone company. Barnes & Noble Education will be come a separately publicly traded company in August, the company announced this week. With negative news surrounding B&N [...]

Russia plans to launch national digital library in 2015

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Soon Russians will be able to get digital books from their libraries. A new initiative has been set forth in Russia to transform local libraries into informational and cultural hubs, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky recently said at a meeting, according to The Calvert Journal, an outlet on [...]

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The library is still the place to be – at least digitally. A few days ago, OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s [...]

To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 22, 2014 // 7 Comments

Can a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their [...]

James Patterson gives third round of grants to bookstores

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

James Patterson is at it again. The best-selling author sent another round of donations to independent books stores around the country. This time, he doled out $473,000 to 81 shops in a third round of donations, according to the Associated Press. Patterson has donated more than $1 million since he [...]

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