Joanna Cabot

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 [...]

Podcast, RSS and email list updates—plus a collection of Joanna Cabot’s provocative essays on e-reading

By David Rothman
June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows has already broken word of the forthcoming TeleRead podcast. Pass on your ideas within the comments area for his post. How important is it to you that we do listener call-ins? We may start out without call-ins to keep down the complexities.  Any thoughts on show topics? As for a [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Return a Kindle Unlimited Book

By Joanna Cabot
June 9, 2015 // 4 Comments

Welcome to a new Teleread feature—Tutorial Tuesday! Every week, we’ll post a quick little how-to for all you eBook fans out there. Want to learn where to get new content? How to get it onto your reader? How to optimize your reading experience, no matter which app or device you are [...]

Is Digital Publishing Broken?

By Joanna Cabot
May 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The short answer is: no. But our friends at GoodeReader beg to differ. And I think I want to add this trope to the list of ‘article topics which should be banned from the internet.’ Here is why. Mercy Pilkington’s core assertion seems to be that every ‘solution’ which [...]

Library Renovations for the Win!

By Joanna Cabot
May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Amidst all the coverage on how the library and retail books scenes are changing due to the eBook revolution, I was inspired to see two news stories pop up in my Feedly feed about library renovations. The first struck close to home, too—the Toronto Public Library just opened their 100th [...]

Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists

By Joanna Cabot
May 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Now that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I [...]

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro

By Joanna Cabot
May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free [...]

Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?

By Joanna Cabot
May 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores among grade school students, developmental concerns over children’s screen time, and even the [...]

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage

By Joanna Cabot
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

On the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when [...]

Morning Links: Copyediting or proofreading? FCC to start policing broadband caps

By Joanna Cabot
May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Business Musings: Burning Bridges (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) A freelance writer needs to be an artist and a businessperson. Sometimes those roles conflict. And sometimes we get put into truly uncomfortable situations. *** Walmart Challenges Amazon with $50 per Year Unlimited Shipping (Re/Code) [...]

On Reading a Book You Don’t Like

By Joanna Cabot
May 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

Today’s Morning Links had a post from Book Riot on the ‘benefits’ of reading a book you don’t like. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at first; I have written on this topic before, and the short version is that for me, life is too short to read bad books, so I [...]

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct

By Joanna Cabot
May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport [...]

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading

By Joanna Cabot
May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Librarians: Privacy’s Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon’s [...]

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed

By Joanna Cabot
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Where Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation [...]

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon

By Joanna Cabot
May 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

eBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with [...]

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