Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 8, 2014 // 6 Comments

Best-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial [...]

Twitter’s potential changes could affect author promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Twitter wants to change things. According to multiple reports (you can find here, here, and here), Twitter is more than considering changing the way users see their feeds. Exactly how is not entirely clear yet as many have looked at smaller changes such as bringing back out tweets from users you [...]

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more

By Joanna Cabot
August 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

HarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It’s a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers — and their editors [...]

Morning Roundup: Amazon expands Same Day Delivery. Nook Glowlight now in UK

By Joanna Cabot
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook Glowlight in UK (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has just launched their Nook Glowlight e-Reader in the UK for £89. It will be available this week at Argos, Currys/PC World, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and bookshop chain Foyles. *** More than 20,000 People Are [...]

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions

By Joanna Cabot
July 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Libraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds [...]

Weekend Links: Facebook adding Buy Buttons to ads. Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

By Joanna Cabot
July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Facebook is Adding Buy Buttons to Ads—Do You Think They Could be Used to Buy/Sell eBooks? (The Digital Reader) Only a couple days after BitTorrent announced that they would be adding a payment option to BitTorrent Bundles, Facebook started letting a handful of advertisers add buy buttons to [...]

Dark Side of the Sun: A Facebook sale, a social media precedent

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

For any authors, self-published or otherwise, wondering how to use social media to promote their work, as well as any fans of the dark, weird, and horrible in general, here’s an example for you. A group of horror and dark fiction writers has come together to launch “Dark Side of the [...]

Morning Roundup: Hachette titles strong on eBook bestseller lists. What motivates reviewers?

By Joanna Cabot
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hachette Titles Hold Strong on Ebook Best-Seller List Amid Trade Dispute With Amazon (Digital Book World) As the trade dispute between Amazon and Hachette grinds on, there are at least three authors who have less cause than others for grievance: James Patterson, Donna Tartt and David Baldacci. *** [...]

Beware the First of April!

By Chris Meadows
March 31, 2014 // 3 Comments

The dark time is upon us once again. Tomorrow marks April Fool’s Day. (In fact, in some parts of the world it’s April 1 already.) Remember to be careful believing and sharing what you read for the next few days until the joke posts age off the pages. If it seems too good (or too terrible) to be [...]

Web IM aggregator imo.im decides to stop supporting other IM services

By Chris Meadows
March 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

Well, that’s remarkably stupid. I just received an email today from imo.im, an instant message web/mobile app that I’ve used on my desktop computer, my iOS devices, and my Android devices. The point of the service was to aggregate multiple accounts—AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, Facebook, [...]

Facebook: authors need to rethink strategy in light of latest changes

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 23, 2014 // 7 Comments

Authors will have to re-think how they use Facebook. The social media company announced its changing the way updates from brand Pages will appear in Facebook feeds. Many authors have fan pages instead of profiles and will need to adjust based on the new algorithms, according to a post from [...]

Facial recognition for random strangers, coming soon to Google Glass and your smartphone

By Chris Meadows
January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smartphones might be good for e-reading, but soon they’ll be able to read your face, too. Remember the uproar when Facebook announced plans to add face recognition identity tagging to its photos? It turned out only to be meant to tag people who you’d friended already, but to hear most people [...]

Morning Roundup: Getting the Most Out Of New eReaders, Google Books Appeal Filed

By libertyc
December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of Your New eReader (GoodeReader) Today, we look at some of the great websites out there to aid you in your literary endeavors and look at some cool services that will get you the most out of your e-reader. *** Author’s Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit (The [...]

Want to promote that ebook? Do Facebook

By libertyc
November 3, 2013 // 3 Comments

First let me state that I have no shares in Facebook or personal interest in promoting Mark Zuckerberg. But I thought I’d share the new Mashable/Statista/Shareaholic data on traffic from social networks to publishers. After all, it looks like everyone else is sharing – on Facebook most [...]

Rock on, Books Rock My World

By libertyc
October 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

Books Rock My World (facebook.com/booksrockmyworld) is “a community of people who come together on Facebook to share their love for literature. Run by admins who collaborate from all over the world to bring their passion for reading to the group, Books Rock My World features book-related [...]

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