self-publishing

TeleRead Links: Phone battery tips, Microsoft goals, $30 Android PC, blog wisdom for authors, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer (Reviewed.com) Though there’s a limit to how far any phone can stretch, battery life isn’t written in stone. How you use your phone and how you treat it determine not only much time you get on a charge, but also how long the battery itself [...]

TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to cut copy from the bottom of an article with impunity, the inverted pyramid imposes a discipline on [...]

TeleRead Links: Powell’s Bookstore, selling standalone books, Minion Yellow, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Why Powell’s Bookstore Will Outlive the Kindle (Condé Nast Traveler) About half of the books on Powell’s shelves are used, most in very good condition. Loading up on used volumes with friendly prices, then struggling home with a weighty book-filled suitcase, has become somewhat of a tradition [...]

The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis: My first-ever self-published e-book

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m proud to announce that, as of this morning, I have officially published my first Amazon e-book. The Geek’s Guide to Indianapolis is a handy e-book resource intended for out-of-town visitors—especially those coming to town for Gen Con Indianapolis, which happens at the end of this month. [...]

Salon wishes Amazon an unhappy 20th birthday

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 6 Comments

Amazon is just about to turn 20, and Salon has a hit piece with five reasons to wish Amazon an “unhappy birthday.” Of course, the fact that Salon dislikes Amazon is not exactly a surprise. In this article, Scott Timberg blames Amazon for all but destroying bookstores, mistreating its employees, [...]

Independent publishing’s ‘Kickstarter moment’

By Chris Meadows
June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishing may finally be having its “Kickstarter moment.” That’s the opinion of writer John Biggs in the piece he posted to TechCrunch today. Biggs discusses how hard it has been for independent published works to get attention from the literary establishment. Then he points out that [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

Author Inc: My First Royalty Payment

By Joanna Cabot
June 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

Today seemed like a timely day for another update on my Amazon business, for two reasons: my first royalty payment is on the way, and my first original book is out! Don’t get too excited about the royalty, though—Teachers Pay Teachers automatically sends out payments via Paypal, on [...]

Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary DRM that Barnes & Noble and others put on top of EPUB. Given that they help to chill competition [...]

More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis

By Joanna Cabot
June 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve been thinking some more about the ‘author income’ crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread’s Canadian news first because I am local so I see it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say [...]

Morning Links: Orphan works. Fighting the bad guys. WiFi-powered cameras and Big Brother.

By Joanna Cabot
June 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (InfoDocket) The Report documents the legal and business challenges faced by good faith users who seek to use orphan works and/or engage in mass digitization projects. The TeleRead Take: Slow progress on this issue, but [...]

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

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 [...]

Author Inc, Part 2: Setting up a Specialty Website Account

By Joanna Cabot
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote earlier about my experiences setting myself up as a beginning author on the Kindle store. I found the experience pretty painless, overall. But how does another web store compare? Is it easier, or harder, to set oneself up there? For comparison, here is a recap of my first few days as a [...]

My Experience as a KDP Newbie, Part 2: Becoming a Kindle Author

By Joanna Cabot
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote yesterday about my decision to become a Kindle author. I plan to put some of my teaching stuff up down the road, and hope to promote them and make them a side business. But this first book was a passion project and I don’t expect to make money on it. It was simply a book I wanted to [...]

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