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 [...]

Futurebook looks to spook 91 percent of publishers with digital disruption headline

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 7 Comments

The UK’s Futurebook, the digitally-focused offshoot of The Bookseller, has just put up a highly alarming (or conceivably alarmist) headline: “Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive?” Courtesy of social technology consultant, journalist and blogger Suw [...]

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint

By libertyc
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 [...]

Weekend Roundup: Quick-to-market e-books are now the norm, not the exception

By Dan Eldridge
June 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quick-To-Market Ebooks Now Norm, Not Exception (Forbes) What made [“Linsanity”] by sportswriter Alan Goldsher from digital publishing house and platform Vook so shocking was that it took less than six days to write (72 hours), produce (36 hours) and publish (less than 24 hours). * * * [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Traditional publishers have no clue about on-line marketing, says author Penelope Trunk

By libertyc
July 9, 2012 // 12 Comments

When author Penelope Trunk wanted to publish a book about the American Dream, she writes in her blog that she was blown away by how inept her traditional publisher was when it came to marketing it. (She does not name the publisher, but says it’s a major household name.) This publisher had already [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

National Coalition Against Censorship, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression scold PayPal for erotica decision

By libertyc
March 6, 2012 // 1 Comment

Paul forwarded to me an email from Michael O’Neil from the National Coalition Against Censorship, with a press release noting that the NCAC and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) are mobilizing to put pressure on PayPal to reverse its requirement that online bookshops [...]

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