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  • September 5, 2012
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Mike Shatzkin has another interesting post in his blog discussing how traditional publishers are starting to unbundle some of their traditional services. He starts by citing HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray complaining about the common use of the term “legacy publishers” to describe the Big Six and their ilk, himself preferring the term “full-service.” (I usually…

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  • August 27, 2012
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If you’re a self-published author who is still struggling to get noticed, now might be the time to swallow the rest of your pride, jettison your code of ethics, and start buying reviews. (Hey, everyone is doing it.) The NYTimes interviewed the owner of a paid book review service yesterday, and business was good. Todd…

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  • August 13, 2012
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PressBooks is one of a number of online ebook creation tools,that have launched in the past year and it looks to be the first to go pro. PressBooks co-founder Hugh McGuire sent out a newsletter last week announcing a number of changes including a new fee schedule, distribution options, and a number of tweaks to…

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  • August 5, 2012
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Folks who’ve been following Amazon for a while might be forgiven for double-taking at a Huffington Post article noting Amazon just took down a pedophilia guide after a concerted protest. “Did we just time warp back into 2010 or something?” After all, a couple of years ago one fellow posted a pedophilia how-to guide to…

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  • August 3, 2012
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Ewan Morrison might believe that self-publishing is going to die out with the impending implosion of social media marketing, but as the image at right shows there is more than one way to connect with readers. This QR code was found in a porta-potty at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival, an Australian book fair which…

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  • August 3, 2012
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I received an email this morning from StoryBundle, a site that seeks to do for independent e-books what the “Humble Indie Bundle” does for independent games (and, currently, music): allow would-be customers to buy them on a pay-what-you-want basis. The e-mail said, in part: In just a few mere days, you—the voracious reader in search…

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  • July 19, 2012
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I’ve been saying for the longest time now that self-pub is the future, and today we learn that Pearson agrees. The multi-national publishing conglomerate has just bought Author Solutions, a for-pay self-pub service provider, for $116,000,000. This company reports that it has 150,000 authors signed up to publish, market and distribute more than 190,000 books…

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  • July 19, 2012
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I’ve been saying for the longest time now that self-pub is the future, and today we learn that Pearson agrees. The multi-national publishing conglomerate has just bought Author Solutions, a for-pay self-pub service provider, for $116,000,000. This company reports that it has 150,000 authors signed up to publish, market and distribute more than 190,000 books…

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  • June 15, 2012
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A couple days ago I happened to mention Gumroad, an ecommerce site that offered a stripped down retail experience that authors could integrate into their existing marketing efforts. While I’d heard of authors cobbling together similar setups so they can sell ebooks from their own websites, finding a pay service was a new one for…

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  • June 2, 2012
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BiblioCrunch, a 9-month-old self-pub site, is taking a turn for the better this week. The site was launched in August of 2011 by Miral Sattar, former digital project developer at Time, and it has always had the goal of helping authors create their own ebooks. But as of today the focus has shifted from helping…