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  • March 11, 2013
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Random House made a splash this week when the SFWA revealed that RH’s new digital-only imprints (Hydra, Alibi, Flirt) exploited authors with terrible contract terms. The contract enabled Random House to grab all rights (including subsidiary rights), pay authors nothing in advance, and even bill authors for what would be considered usual business costs (design,…

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  • March 11, 2013
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Random House made a splash this week when the SFWA revealed that RH’s new digital-only imprints (Hydra, Alibi, Flirt) exploited authors with terrible contract terms. The contract enabled Random House to grab all rights (including subsidiary rights), pay authors nothing in advance, and even bill authors for what would be considered usual business costs (design,…

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  • March 9, 2013
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Oh how the mighty have fallen. The POD and self-pub service Lulu announced earlier this week that they were launching a new suite of marketing and publishing services. Authors can now choose one of several overpriced bundles of services (starting at $999) or authors can overpay for individual service. For more information, visit the Lulu…

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  • March 7, 2013
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I have long been an advocate of authors publishing their own work without a traditional publisher so when I read today that comiXology had launched a self-pub service, I was thrilled. But then I really started looking at the service and it stopped being quite such a great option for authors. Compared to the self-pub…

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  • February 15, 2013
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Do you get upset when a website constantly asks you if you want to download the app version of the site? A new xkcd comic tackled the issue (embedded above), showing one of the major problems facing both app creators and app users. If you want to make sure your site is mobile-friendly without building…

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  • January 18, 2013
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Earlier today Penguin continued their pioneering efforts to bring vanity press services like Author Solutions into the mainstream when they relaunched the self-pub service in their online feeder tank writing community Book Country. That service had originally launched in November 2011 to much excoriation from the self-pub community and was shut down some time this…

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  • January 9, 2013
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It could be said that DRM came about due to a fear of what customers might do if they’re not on a leash, and today Lulu has overcome that fear. They’ve just announced that they’re dropping support for Adobe DE DRM. Effective January 15, 2013, Lulu will no longer offer Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM as…

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  • January 9, 2013
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It could be said that DRM came about due to a fear of what customers might do if they’re not on a leash, and today Lulu has overcome that fear. They’ve just announced that they’re dropping support for Adobe DE DRM. Effective January 15, 2013, Lulu will no longer offer Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM as…

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  • January 3, 2013
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There’s a reason why Smashwords’ logo is a hand holding a book If 2012 was the year of anything, it was not the year of the E-Single but the year of the Self-Published Author. We can see that fact in the recent moves by Penguin and Simon & Schuster to fleece this group by buying…

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  • January 2, 2013
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I was working my way through a broken link checker last night, fixing issues with the blog, when I happened upon a  self-pub service which I had log forgotten. Today I thought I would take a look at where they are now. First, has anyone used Bookbrewer recently? I’d like to hear your opinion so…