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Tracking Your Book

Make your books can be tracked, even self-published ones, so that they get noticed by the bestseller lists.
It may be awhile before the big bestseller lists pay attention to self-published books, but it’s likely to happen as the industry continues to evolve.
At the moment, many entrepreneurs who are writing or want to write a book [...]

E-Book Pricing, E-Book Readers

You may have seen a full-page New York Times ad taken out by 900 or so well-compensated traditionally published authors to protest against Amazon daring to negotiate e-book prices with the big publisher Hachette (which wants to keep e-book prices high). As if Amazon were taking more money from these authors’ accounts.
But Amazon is in [...]

Unlimited Reading

Did you know that on some of the BitTorrent-enabled sites where you can downloaded movies free (let’s call it pirating) you can also find bestselling books?
That’s more than you can get if you take part in Kindle Unlimited (or, really, other sites, such as  Oyster or Scribd). Those are “streaming” sites for books that promise [...]

Publishers Creeping Into Digital

They should have done it a long, long time ago, but finally some publishers are selling directly to consumers, and also taking advantage of the surging self-publishing market.
Random House, for example, has launched an online cookbook store, TasteBook, which is dedicated to cookbooks and books about food.
And Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster (which [...]

The Ongoing Boxing Match: Amazon vs. Hachette

If you follow the publishing industry you’ve seen quite a few articles and blogs on the dispute between Amazon and Hachette. One is a giant retailer, the other a giant publisher.
Amazon is demanding higher royalties (and lower prices on e-books) from Hachette. Hachette is demanding, well, who knows? It doesn’t seem to speaking for its [...]

On Your Own

Very few people look ahead – most people react, and are slow to react at that.
Publishers could have sold directly to readers a long time ago (and some, like Reader’s Digest, with its condensed books, or Time-Life, with its various cookbooks or nature titles, did as well). But they didn’t.
Publishers could have developed an e-reader [...]

The Shadow Industry

While traditional publishing counts for the bulk of all books that reach bookstores – brick-and-mortar or virtual – there is a significant shadow industry of self-publishing that accounts for, by some estimates, around $1 billion a year in sales.
That’s a long shadow.
But, as J.A. Konrath points out in his always-excellent and thought-provoking blog, A Newbie’s [...]

The Non-Existent Amazon War

Some writers should have it so good.
Stephen Colbert, who happens to be a Hachette author (Hachette is a giant publishing company, for those who may not yet know this, or even care about it) in addition to being a television personality, has been very pro-Hachette, naturally, in remarks concerning the so-called war between Amazon and [...]

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