Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo, now probably Amazon’s biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President [...]

Open Road leads epublishing merger wave with E-Reads acquisition

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a move that confirms its ambitions and prospects that I reported on earlier, all-digital publishing house Open Road Integrated Media has announced its acquisition of another all-digital platform, E-Reads, “the oldest independent ebook publisher in the field,” with “more than [...]

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Former UK music journalist, literary agent, and latterly publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Neil Taylor has just launched his own new digital imprint, Ink Monkey, hailing 2013 as “The Year of the Monkey.” From the company’s launch release come this: “A former [...]

Not all digital-only imprints are exploitative, The Guardian reports

By Chris Meadows
June 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

On The Guardian’s self-publishing blog, Molly Flatt takes a look at the controversy surrounding some of the traditional publishers’ new digital-only imprints. She brings up the uproar over Hydra’s contracts that were viewed as exploitative, but also discusses Little, Brown’s [...]

Inkling Habitat's media-rich e-book platform is now free for all

By Dan Eldridge
February 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

The news, released today, that the San Francisco-based Inkling has decided to give away for free its “collaborative digital publishing environment” known as Inkling Habitat was probably the e-publishing community’s most eyebrow-raising story of the week thus far. As Laura Hazard [...]

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven

By Chris Meadows
October 31, 2012 // 7 Comments

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s [...]

In the e-book era, writers may feel pressured to write more

By Chris Meadows
May 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

The New York Times has an interesting piece by Julie Bosman positing that, thanks to the ease with which e-books now allow authors to publish and self-publish, and let readers buy instantaneously, authors are now feeling “obligated” to write more, faster. Rather than publish the “usual” one [...]

Publishing through small press can be a great alternative to doing it yourself

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2012 // 1 Comment

Self-publishing, usually through Amazon, seems to be the latest hot thing, displacing getting a book accepted through the Big Six publishers. But there’s an alternative between those two that people tend to overlook: publishing through a small press. Our own founder David Rothman had his own book [...]

Amazon may not be invincible after all

By Chris Meadows
April 7, 2012 // 2 Comments

If I were to pick one word describing the publishing industry’s attitude toward Amazon over the last couple of years, that word would be “panic”. We see it in the Authors Guild’s angry tirades about Amazon having too much power, in Barnes & Noble’s and other booksellers’ decision to [...]

Creating e-book files with Scrivener

By Chris Meadows
March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Until recently, the main formatting tools that self-publishing writers could use to create e-books were expensive desktop-publishing applications that cost a lot of money to buy and a lot of time to learn. (I’m not counting Calibre here because Calibre is a conversion app—you still have to do [...]

PDF format is dead end for e-publishing

By Chris Meadows
March 16, 2012 // 9 Comments

I found an interesting article on the blog of “technology innovation company” DPCI about how PDF format is an e-publishing dead end. In an era when e-readers have so many different potential screen sizes and different text formatting and rewrapping abilities, the article notes, a format that [...]

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