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  • January 1, 2013
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In what was perhaps the shortest beta test in recent memory, the ebook distributor/retailer Smashwords has just officially launched their new Epub only distribution channel. Smashwords Direct had originally been announced late last year in the response to the requests from quite a few authors, publishers, and ebook pros (myself included). A lot of us…

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  • December 31, 2012
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A few months back I posted a rant about why I don’t follow authors on Twitter anymore. I was generally tired of the handful of authors who spammed all their connections, whether by using bots to automatically harass new followers or by sending DMs with faux queries on whether they had read one of the…

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  • December 4, 2012
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What with the news last week about Simon & Schuster’s new plan to fleece self-published authors, I have been thinking more and more about how authors can publish their own works and do a better job than a legacy publisher. I’ve heard from a number of authors who say that you can publish an ebook…

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  • November 28, 2012
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Publishing your own book is relatively easy these days, but the process and costs involved are more than a little opaque. There are steps you won’t realize you missed unless someone tells you, and there are ways to overspend on useless services. In fact, there are many ways for questionable service providers like Author Solutions…

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  • November 28, 2012
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There’s a story I missed a few weeks back (I was busy in SF at the time) which seems to have come up again, and since some seem to be taking that story seriously rather than giving it the refutation it deserves I figure it is worth debunking. In late October Bowker, the US book…

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  • November 28, 2012
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Times are tough in the publishing industry, so much so that major publishers have sunk to a new low: fleecing self-published authors. Simon & Schuster announced today that they are going to get down in the gutter and muck about. They’re launching a new subsidiary called Archway Publishing, and they are going to run  it…

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  • October 27, 2012
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Talks between publishers’ owners Pearson and Bertelsmann may conclude quickly, say insiders, as Pearson shares rise 0.7% Talks over a merger of book publishers Penguin and Random House could be concluded within a fortnight, insiders have indicated. Penguin owner Pearson and Bertelsmann, the German parent company of the US publisher Random House confirmed the talks…

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  • September 27, 2012
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When it comes to self-publishing, we Americans tend to think in the context of Amazon and other American businesses. But there are now thriving self-publishing companies all over the world, and Publishing Perspectives has a report on a couple of them in Germany, Epubli and XinXii. These companies by and large give authors most of…

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  • September 26, 2012
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PaidContent has an interesting piece on another plagiarism kerfuffle in the news lately, as a columnist from one newspaper used verbatim quotes from someone else without crediting them for it, and the editors of the plagiarizing writer’s paper posted an apology that many felt wasn’t sincere enough. But the interesting part to me isn’t the…

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  • September 22, 2012
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In the first of a series of monthly essays on The Literary Platform, Professor David Trotter ponders the question of what technology can do for stories. A lot of people seem to fall into the trap of considering “interactivity” to be the holy grail of the technological enhancement of stories (even otherwise visionary author Vernor…