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  • March 6, 2012
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Paul forwarded to me an email from Michael O’Neil from the National Coalition Against Censorship, with a press release noting that the NCAC and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) are mobilizing to put pressure on PayPal to reverse its requirement that online bookshops stop carrying certain kinds of erotica. Scribd carries a…

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  • March 1, 2012
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Queen of the bonkbuster will e-publish revised edition under her own steam in the US Jackie Collins, queen of the glitzy bonkbuster, is the latest bestselling author to take the DIY route, announcing plans to self-publish a rewritten version of her novel, The Bitch, in the US. Collins told US publishing website GalleyCat that she…

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  • March 1, 2012
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From a post by Jeff Rivera on GalleyCat: In our forthcoming So What Do You Do? interview with Collins, she reveals exclusively to us, that within the next three weeks she will be release an eBook for The Bitch a complete rewrite of her previous version of the novel, with a price point of $2.99 or…

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  • February 28, 2012
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A reminder today that, if you self-publish with Amazon, you’re not guaranteed to be in control of your e-book pricing. Fantasy author Jim C. Hines recounts a recent pricing snafu with his e-book Goblin Tales, self-published through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Hines had put the book on sale for 99 cents over Christmas…

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  • February 27, 2012
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I reported on a story last April in which the algorithms of two used-book-listing bots resulted in a $23.7 million used textbook. Now here are a pair of recent stories about it happening again—in both directions. First of all, Carlos Bueno wrote a self-published children’s book called Lauren Ipsum, about understanding how computers work. He…

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  • February 26, 2012
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Author Cat Valente has a guest post over on Charles Stross’s blog. She’s been writing a series of posts on writing and publishing, and this one looks at the current “us vs. them” mentality when it comes to self- or traditional publishing. Valente points out that there’s no self-publishing magic wand that will make your…

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  • February 26, 2012
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Remember when Amazon started removing various kinds of erotica from its store? It’s happening again, this time with a number of independent e-publishing sites such as All Romance and Smashwords. Today, Nate Hoffelder called attention to an e-mail from Mark Coker of Smashwords to authors who publish through the platform. Coker reported that PayPal had…

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  • February 25, 2012
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Remember last April, when I covered an article suggesting that publishers could use no-compete clauses to keep writers from publishing backlist e-books? At the time, I hadn’t thought it was the sort of thing a publisher would actually do, but the latest blog post by author Kristine Kathryn Rusch tells another tale. Rusch warns her…

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  • February 17, 2012
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BookBaby announced Thursday that they now have now 3 new retail partners. Baker & Taylor, Gardners, and eBookPie have each agreed to add titles distributed via BookBaby to their catalogs. For a self-pubbed author, this is a fairly important piece of news. BookBaby is now the most widely distributed self-pub service. They’ve even passed Smashwords…

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  • February 11, 2012
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Does self-publishing represent a threat to traditional publishers, or perhaps an opportunity? A number of people in the publishing industry seem dismissive of self-publishing writers or their numbers. But Philip Jones of FutureBook thinks that this is a mistake. He notes that readers who buy cheap self-published books will be spending time reading them that…