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Tomorrow’s Readers Won’t Care About Today’s Physical-Digital Disputes

Gadgets aren’t going away. Print books aren’t going away yet. Bookstores will still be around for a while longer. But presuppositions about what makes a book or a reading experience will change. More and more people will gravitate toward the easier way to get their information, that is, their books. That means downloads to e-readers. [...]

The Self-Publishing Surge

Self-publishing has exploded.
Last year, 391,000 self-published books came out, a 59% increase over the year before, and a whopping 422% increase since 2007, according to figures from Bowker, the trade organization that tracks sales and assigns ISBN numbers.
Bowker said that of all ISBNs issued for last year (the numbers assigned to books that help in [...]

The Self-Publishing Market Gets More Crowded

Self-publishing isn’t just a cottage industry. It’s becoming a major one.
According to a report from New Publisher House, a media technology company, self-publishing could become a market worth $52 billion . That’s bigger than the traditional publishing market, which is estimated at around $7 or $8 billion.
What’s more, according to the report, The State of [...]

Giving and Taking: Self-Publishing Speaks to Today’s Readers

Self-publishing is something that speaks to our current age, when people want to connect with others directly. Authors have much more contact with their readers this way than they do with traditional publishing.
As self-published author Hugh Howey wrote in an essay on self-publishing in Salon, “With self-publishing, you learn your craft while producing material. [...]

The Author as E-Commerce Marketer

Many e-commerce sites are cutting out the middlemen and passing savings onto customers.

You’d think that publishers would have done that long ago.
But no, its authors who are doing that. Self-published authors, of course.
Publishers still consider themselves gatekeepers of quality writing. And they continue to work with booksellers, both brick-and-mortar and online retailers, to [...]

Get Clear-Eyed About the Jumble of Publishing

Publishing is a commercial activity.
Sure, you can be creative, and you can exercise your artistic talents.
But that’s writing.
Publishing is something else entirely.
Most books aren’t well-written. Most traditionally published bestselling books are not well written. The vast majority of nonfiction or business books are not well-written.
These books were published because the authors had the potential to [...]

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