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The E-Book Tug-of-War Between Publishers an Libraries

Why can’t publishers and libraries get along? It used to be that libraries were a huge market for traditional publishers, but with the growth of e-books, and publishers’ concerns about digital piracy and loss of sales, all of a sudden libraries became possible opponents in a tug-of-war about e-book distribution. Every time I see an […]

Publishing: The Great Equalizer

At a recent Book Expo in New York City, where publishers, authors, journalists, booksellers and others meet to network and to drum up interest in new titles (and books in general), one thing was obvious: this was the rare place in these United States where the political parties met without rancor. To anyone who’s followed […]

Write a Proposal, No Matter Where or How You Publish Your Book

No matter how you intend to try to publish your book you should craft a proposal for it. This means that if you’re planning to self-publish electronically, or to self-publish on demand, or to attempt to sell your book to a traditional publisher, you should nevertheless do that resolutely old-fashioned but necessary thing, and create […]

A Self-Publishing Success Story

A seasoned author is reaping the rewards of self-publishing. J.A. Konrath, a thriller writer, has said on his blog, www.jakonroth.blogspot.com, that he’s earned $100,000 in the last three weeks from his self-published books. Konrath has been published by what he calls “legacy publishers” and, like many authors who are not huge name brands, he has […]

Platform-Building by Chance

Which comes first, the website or the book? For many writers, especially those who specialize in nonfiction, it’s the website. They often begin their platform-building by posting their thoughts in a blog, or posting their news in feeds to their fans. Matthew White, a librarian at a federal courthouse in Virginia, began a website where […]

The Digital Tipping Point

We’re at a tipping point in the distribution of entertainment. Soon, almost everything will come to us when we want it, in digital form. Following electronic readers from Sony, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, we’re likely to have a new tablet-style computer from Apple by the end of the first quarter of next year that […]

Simple Publishing Secrets

I started to explain all the complicated reasons why I pull back a little every time I go to the Poetry Slam. “I don’t just want to compete for the score. I want to say something meaningful, to be more about community than about trying to win. The scores are so unpredictable, and I never […]

More Profitable Online Publishing

Publishing’s strength has shifted from the media elite to the masses. It began in the late ’90s with sites like GeoCities. In 2005, we witnessed the explosive emergence of the blogosphere. And in 2006, video and social websites drew the attention. Today, anyone with a browser and a digital camera can be a publisher. This […]

Putting Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Numerous book and publishing-related articles are sent to my Twitter account each day. Here are some of the headlines as I toggled through the first couple of pages late one night: iPods and iPhones: death for the book trade Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops to close Books: Will big names lure readers? Barnes & Noble Announces Elimination […]

The Longest Mile

Ever wonder why the technology-fueled productivity gains of the 1990’s that transformed the U.S. economy seems to have bypassed book publishing? Doesn’t it feel like it takes longer than ever for your book to get to market? Rachel Donadio tries to explain this paradox in an essay that appeared in the New York Times Book […]