Despite all the complaints
Amazon’s ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, has attracted criticism recently, with some self-published authors complaining that the service devalues their work and…
Amazon’s crowdsourced publishing initiative is for romance, mystery/thriller and sci-fi/fantasy authors, and will open to the public in a couple of weeks. Separately, Amazon is launching a community called WriteOn.
Amazon on Wednesday launched the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, which is software that helps authors create illustrated ebooks. It could also be a way for Amazon to beef up its subscription program, Kindle Unlimited, with more children’s content.
More self-published ebooks are coming to a library near you, as self-publishing site Smashwords partners with Overdrive, the country’s largest digital library distributor.
This is not the first time that Audible has made an author-focused program less generous.
The future of publishing is entering a new golden era that will make publishing available to more people. Twitter, new long-form content distributers and an increase in digital ad spending will support this new era.
Smashwords authors who make their ebooks available through ebook subscription service Oyster will get 60 percent of their book’s list price if an Oyster user reads at least 10 percent of it.
Social writing site Wattpad and independent publisher Sourcebooks announced a broad partnership in which Sourcebooks will traditionally publish some Wattpad authors and will promote its own authors on Wattpad’s site.
Self-publishing platform and distributor Smashwords analyzed ebook sales for nearly a year. CEO Mark Coker draws some interesting conclusions on the best way to price a self-published ebook.
Barnes & Noble has rebranded its self-publishing platform, PubIt!, as Nook Press, and is offering some new features intended to make self-publishing faster and easier. The platform is only available to authors in the U.S.
In this podcast, we talk with Wool author Hugh Howey about his self-publishing success and how he arrived at a seven-figure, print-only deal with traditional publisher Simon & Schuster.
Samsung and self-publishing company Blurb are partnering to let Galaxy S 4 users create and order physical photo albums directly from their phones.
Self-publishing site Lulu will stop offering DRM as an option on ebooks created through its site. But ebooks created on Lulu and sold through other retailers, like Amazon and Apple, will still be subject to DRM.
Macmillan announced two new distribution and publication partnerships with Entangled, the independent romance publisher behind bestsellers like Jennifer Probst’s “The Marriage Bargain.” The agreements give Entangled a broader reach for its books, and Macmillan gains an entrance to the hot indie market.
Amazon is expanding the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows Kindle-owning Prime members to borrow one ebook for free each month, to the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The move comes at a time when Amazon is heavily promoting its self-publishing program in Europe.
Self-publishing company FastPencil will begin pitching some of its authors’ books to Barnes & Noble buyers, which could give them a better chance of ending up in stores or in promotions of Nook e-readers. But it’s not a guarantee that self-published titles will end up on shelves.
Popular blogger and Brazen Careerist founder Penelope Trunk has a new book, “The New American Dream,” and she’s gotten a lot of attention because of a post that she wrote about that book last week. This attention, she said, surprises her.
Califa, California’s largest library network, is about to strike an ebook deal with self-publishing site Smashwords. The partnership would bring about 10,000 self-published ebooks into California’s libraries.
Many self-published authors are still turning to literary agents to sell foreign rights to their books. In a move that could cut some agents out, Amazon now allows those authors to distribute their print books through European Amazon sites for free.
As traditional book publishers are increasingly signing self-published authors, Hollywood studios are also looking to self-published books for their next blockbuster. Last month, Universal acquired the film rights to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Now Fox and Ridley Scott have acquired the rights to sci-fi series “Wool.”
Eleven romance authors of both traditionally published and self-published tittles are banding together to show their commitment to “bringing high standards and professional quality to their self-published works.”
Here are the most interesting things that Amazon publisher Larry Kirshbaum said in an interview with Daniel Menaker last week.
As more authors choose to do an end-run around the traditional book industry, publishers are going to have to try harder to defend their continued existence — self-published author J.A. Konrath says that most are tied to a “broken, outdated and increasingly irrelevant business model.”
The average price of a self-published Kindle top-100 bestseller continues to drop, but a new look at these titles’ performance in 2011 sugge…
Today, TV might be where people go to be entertained. But make no mistake about it: New entrants are building audiences without being burdened by the cost structure of the traditional TV ecosystem, making them more nimble and a potential threat to bigger media players.
When Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library last month, it contained around 5,000 traditionally published titles. J…
The traditional publishing industry has been taking a beating lately from Amazon and the rise of self-publishing, but one writer says working with a publisher has a lot of benefits that self-publishing doesn’t. If publishers have any weapons against Amazon, they are on this list.
In recent months, several major literary agencies have added e-book publishing services for their clients–the largest so far being Trident…
Author John Locke has become the new poster boy for self-publishing via Amazon’s Kindle platform by selling more than a million copies of his e-books. Along with fellow author Amanda Hocking, he is leading a wave of self-publishers who are looking to bypass the traditional industry.
Karelia Software released Sandvox 2.0 Tuesday, a major upgrade to its website building software for the Mac. I had a chance to get a walkthrough of the new release from Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software, and the new capabilities are impressive.
Not too long ago, I posted about BookGlutton, a service which allowed for online collaborative reading. You could also upload your own…
There’s a new Web publishing tool on the block that seeks to deliver on the convergence promise between “blogging, social networking, and…American…