Frankfurt Book Fair VP weighs in on US digital publishing record

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an apparent effort to show that the Frankfurt Book Fair totally gets this new digital publishing thing, Frankfurt BF VP Holger Volland has held forth in Digital Book World on “The Evolution of US Digital Innovation in Publishing.” And he has some kind words for America’s [...]

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

What keywords should you choose for your book title?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

BookBub, that popular book recommendation service, has run a very useful graphic piece for authors entitled “What are the Most Popular Title Trends in Your Genre?”, illustrating the most popular word choices for titles in various genres through a series of word clouds. The methodology, [...]

Novelist Jackie Collins passes away at 77

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jackie Collins, famed novelist and younger sister of Joan Collins, has passed away at the age of 77 from breast cancer. Though Collins didn’t often appear in these pages, we did mention her decision to self-publish an e-book, The Bitch, in 2012. Our condolences to Collins’s [...]

Is there ‘too much’ television like there are ‘too many’ books?

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

At an industry conference, the head of NBC Universal has expressed the perhaps controversial view that there is now too much scripted television. Between the broadcast networks, the cable networks, and now streaming video companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there is simply “too much” of a [...]

Hugo Awards controversy breaks out in self-published e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I haven’t touched on most of the Hugo and Puppy-related affairs of late. It’s only sort-of on topic for the blog, after all. Also, I think the more that is written about it, the more the flames get fanned, and I’d really like to see them have a chance to die down. (Whether that is actually [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” can have a lot of shades of meaning when it comes to writing. For example, there are shared [...]

What can we learn from a ‘Kindle Gold Rusher’?

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 11 Comments

Here’s a story that’s been getting some play over the last couple of days. There’s a piece on The Hustler from a fellow named Sidd Finch who reportedly makes $150,000 a year by gaming the system on Amazon as a “Kindle Gold Rusher”. (Found via The Passive Voice.) He started out by looking [...]

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, [...]

Writer Inc: Month 2

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

It has been an exciting first month for me on the Kindle store. I sold 5 books, and released my latest title just before the weekend. I am learning a lot about the eBook business as I go! Here are a few insights from my second month on the Kindle store: 1) Kindle Unlimited has its uses. After [...]

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