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  • May 28, 2013
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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. Helix, which has been in beta since…

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  • May 24, 2013
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Tolino was always intended to be Germany’s answer to the Kindle Store, but until today it was missing one of its competitor’s core features: self-published ebooks. That changed today. ePubli, a self-pub service owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, was pleased to announce today that they are now distributing ebooks to Tolino. Self-published authors and…

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  • May 13, 2013
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Self publishing has long been accepted by readers, writers, and even (parts of) the publishing as legitimate and mainstream, but some author’s groups are still excluding even successful self-published authors from their membership roles. But that could soon change. The CBC reported a few days ago that The Writers’ Union of Canada is expected to…

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  • May 6, 2013
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When Barnes & Noble announced Nook Press last month it was a great new platform with clever collaboration, a surprisingly powerful online editor, and other useful features. But as great as it was, Nook Press was lacking one key feature. You couldn’t edit a previously published ebook without losing all the reviews, ratings, and other…

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  • April 10, 2013
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When B&N announced Nook Press earlier today I was thrilled to see that B&N was a step ahead of Amazon. The new online editing and creation tools offered hope that B&N might have the technological ability to go toe to toe with Amazon. But then readers left comments about their experiences in using Nook Press…

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  • April 10, 2013
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B&N/Nook Media wasn’t the only company to announce major self-publishing news today. The online ebook creation service Pressbooks has just signed their second distribution deal. Authors can now use Pressbooks to format and create an Epub ebook, and once they’re done they can upload the ebook to BookBaby. Creating the ebook is of course still…

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  • April 10, 2013
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When Barnes & Noble launched the self-pub service Pubit in 2010, they were playing catch up to the larger and more successful Amazon KDP. Sure, Pubit accepted Epub and converted from Doc and RTF files, but it was also a distinctly second place service with some users reporting that it was clunky and awkward to…

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  • April 4, 2013
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The cover image for an ebook is important to its success, but it’s also a rather difficult skill to master. Not everyone has the artistic skills to design a good cover, but in the not too distant future that will no longer be a problem. There’s been no announcement from Amazon, but I have just…

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  • April 2, 2013
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Barnes & Noble sent out a teaser email today to authors that sell their ebooks via B&N PubIt. The email is vague in the extreme but it suggests that some type of announcement is imminent: Dear PubIt Publisher, We’ve got some exciting news on the horizon, and as an integral part of our self-publishing community,…

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  • March 13, 2013
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The Australian bookstore chain Dymocks has just announced that they are shutting down their vanity press subsidiary. There is a notice on the D Publishing website that informs visitors that operations will cease on 25 March 2013, and authors currently participating in the program have received an email notifying them of the change. Dymocks was…