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Self publishers begin to explore the business out loud

One of the things that’s happening in 2012 is that self-publishing of books is no longer a quirky outsider effort, but instead more and more often being seen as smart alternative to getting picked by the mainstream houses. Andrew Hyde goes into great detail of the revenue stream of his self-published book. There are ton [...]

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Domino team, on stage

Lauryn rocks the house: Michael MPD testifies: And here’s Al Pittampalli, bestselling author: It’s absolutely incredible what talented people can accomplish when given the chance.

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Does curation work for publishers?

One mantra heard often is, “in a world with a million ebooks, readers need curators.” Of course, traditional publishers are good at curation, because traditional books are expensive to publish, so they had to be picky, merely as a method of self preservation. That pickiness leads to widespread rejection of books like A Confederacy of [...]

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Respect

I apologize. Earlier today, I posted a short remembrance of a hero of mine, a colleague, Ray Bradbury. When I heard about Ray’s death at 91, I had just spent three hours listening to the self-published audio edition of a new book by another hero (and colleague), Steve Pressfield. The juxtaposition of Steve’s message with [...]

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Ray Bradbury and me

Ray Bradbury passed away today. What a good life he had. In 1985, I was lucky enough to work with Ray and with Byron Preiss to bring Fahrenheit 451 to the PC and Commodore 64 as an adventure game.  What struck me about the man was his professionalism. He was as far from a diva [...]

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Writing for strangers…

is different than writing for friends. A blog post for strangers needs a title like, “11 proven ways to improve productivity,” while a blog that is aimed at subscribers and long-time readers could be titled, “Try this!” Same goes for novels and other sorts of books. The novelist with regular readers doesn’t have to reintroduce [...]

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Home delivery

At 5 am this morning, a stranger drove up to my house, got out of his car and walked up to my front door. Something that happens nearly every day. This is the insane last step in the almost crazy notion of the home-delivered newspaper. Hundreds of reporters and editors and then thousands working in [...]

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The future of the cover

Great essay by Craig Mod on how ebooks change the role of the cover. The divergence between the homemade covers that indicate the junkiness of what’s inside by being junky on the outside, and the handcrafted covers that communicate care and taste in an iconic way continues to get wider and wider.

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Amazon bans junk ebooks

Just got a note from them highlighting this rule: Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of [...]

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Using ebooks to promote ebooks

It sounds like an infinite loop, but it’s actually quite smart. The people most likely to buy an ebook are people who are already reading them, and unlike blads, galleys and other printed samples, the cost of producing one more copy of a sample is precisely zero. Some authors have had success promoting new books [...]

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