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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 14, 2012
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I learned about an interesting project on The Guardian the other day. Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann is writing her latest novel in Google Docs, the on-line collaborative word processor—and inviting the world to watch. The document file is open to the whole web, and would-be readers can simply click the link and read what’s been…

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  • September 12, 2012
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After leaving cards in the chainstore promoting his novel, novelist finds staff member leaving malicious reviews of it on Amazon A self-published author has spoken out against Waterstones after a bookseller at the chain store posted pseudonymous, malicious reviews of his novel on Amazon. David Eckhoff left cards advertising his novel The Royal Factor, which…

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  • September 12, 2012
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After leaving cards in the chainstore promoting his novel, novelist finds staff member leaving malicious reviews of it on Amazon A self-published author has spoken out against Waterstones after a bookseller at the chain store posted pseudonymous, malicious reviews of his novel on Amazon. David Eckhoff left cards advertising his novel The Royal Factor, which…

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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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  • September 4, 2012
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Is self-publishing too “hard”? Some people seem to think so, even as other people quite happily trundle along dealing with all the hard stuff. And, as with any case where something hard for one person is easy for someone else, businesses have sprung up to take advantage of that in return for a cut of…

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  • August 29, 2012
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Comments by novelist Sue Grafton, dismissing the ‘short cut’ of self-publishing, have provoked a storm of anger Bestselling American crime novelist Sue Grafton has back-pedalled on her description of self-published authors as “too lazy to do the hard work” following disbelief and anger from the independently published community. Speaking to her local paper earlier this…

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  • August 3, 2012
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Colleen Hoover’s Slammed to reach eighth place this weekend ahead of ebooks by James Patterson and Karin Slaughter Four self-published authors will have a total of seven novels on the New York Times ebook bestseller list this weekend, and the founder of self-publishing powerhouse Smashwords is predicting the number is only going to grow. The…

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  • June 15, 2012
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Ebooks can make an important contribution to knowledge but quality remains an issue for the academic community. Sophie Tergeist lists five ways to ensure your ebook is up to scratch As one of the commissioning editors at an online publishing house specialised in e-textbooks, I have been at the coalface of this new form of…

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  • May 1, 2012
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With online groups working to sift out the hidden gems, and a New York co-operative instituting a ‘seal of quality’, is the world of independent publishing finally getting organised? A new public service is emerging online: authors and readers who are sifting through the morass of self-published books out there to find the quality titles…