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    The Author Solutions front company (link) self-pub service Lulu is going to be showing off a new service later this week at the uPublishU conference on Saturday.It’s called Helix, and it’s designed to give authors an objective analysis of how their book matches up against similar titles.

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    Helix, which has been in beta since March 2013, gives authors the opportunity to compare their manuscripts against a database of over 100,000 books compiled by The Book Genome Project (aka BookLamp). This is basically an analytics report for authors, and it deconstructs a book down to its DNA (hence the name).

    A Helix Review can tell an author how the themes present in the book compare to similar titles in the genre. For example, it will offer insight into how an author’s writing style or language density compares to leading titles in the genre, or how the length of a book compares to the more successful titles in a genre.


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This weekend Kobo will be offering up to 60% off select titles. The landing page is live now. This promotion is valid in both USA and Canada. The details and links are as follows. Save up to 60% off select titles  Landing Page: Save up to 60% off select titles on Kobo Text Link: Up to 60%…

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Is has been a rumor for months that Amazon will bring its kindle and e-reader into the market of China. At end of May, it is clear that the official launch date would be 7th of June. Two days ago, on the 5th, Chinese users found the official landing page of the Chinese version kindle…

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If you’ve been following digital publishing news the past few months then you’ve probably heard the term “Hybrid Author”. This is a term that is being bandied about by those in and around the legacy publishing industry, and it refers to self-published authors who have chosen (more on this later) to sign a deal with…

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Zola Books was the hot ebookstore story of 2012. They got attention everywhere with their promise of having exclusive content and a unique social reading experience (the free crack given out at the briefings probably helped), but now that a year has passed it now looks like they are nothing but hype. I caught up…

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Getting ebooks into brick-and-mortar stores is one of the hotly discussed stories at BEA 2013, so I couldn’t leave the show without getting a look at OverDrive’s new retail kiosk. It did not disappoint. OverDrive has taken the work they put into their library ebook kiosks and adapted it to sell ebooks instead of offering…

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Like many gadget owners I like to take my ereaders with me outside, and like many gadget owners I live in constant fear of dropping my ereader in a puddle. But not any more.  I’ve just been sent a link to a Calif. based company called Waterfi. This gadget reseller has recently started offering a…

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If you’ve been following the publishing news of late then you’ve probably heard plenty about how great and wonderful Epub3 ebook format is. It slices, it dices, and it even makes Stephen Fries. But if you’re like me then you could be lacking any real info on the how, the where, and the who of…

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There’s a new article up on the PW website tonight, but I’m not sure it’s worth reading. Bill McCoy, the Executive Director of the IDPF, penned a post in which he tries to debunk 7 myths of digital publishing. Unfortunately for Bill he managed to prove that one of his so-called myths isn’t a myth;…