Current news stories from the independent book industry

Mark Coker on the Downfall of Big Publishing

This week, Mark Coker posted a new entry to the Smashwords blog detailing the rise of self-publishing and discussing the broken model upon which big publishing is built. From the article:

If authors – the beating heart powering Big Publishing – lose faith in Big Publishing, then big publishing as we know it will die.

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Kindle Books Outsell Paperbacks

Via Galleycat:

Here’s more from CEO Jeff Bezos, from the release: “We had our first $10 billion quarter, and after selling millions of third-generation Kindles with the new Pearl e-ink display during the quarter, Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on

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Distributing with Book Baby

Via PR Newswire:

BookBaby throws open the doors to the electronic publishing and distribution world for independent authors, offering the highest pay-out rate for eBook distribution in the industry. Authors will receive 100% of their net sales revenue – paid weekly – generated through all BookBaby’s retailer network, including all the major retailers including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, and soon, Google.To celebrate its debut in the eBook world, BookBaby is offering worldwide eBook distribution for an introductory price of $99, a $50 discount off the regular price of $149.

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Thirteen Chapters Launched for Independent Authors

Via press release:

A role of the Association of Independent Authors is to establish and maintain standards for its members with regard to both writing, and a code of conduct for when dealing with others in the industry. In the same way individual publishing houses offer an implied guarantee of editorial quality for the titles they publish, the Association of Independent Authors assumes a similar role for its members who are career-focused professionals engaged in the art of writing.

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Borders Becomes Vanity Publisher

This is interesting, and perhaps further evidence that Borders is in greater financial straits than Barnes & Noble. While Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform is free, like Amazon’s DTP, Borders is entering this arena, but charging for it.  Via Publisher’s Weekly:

Borders will offer two basic levels of service for the Get Published program: an $89.99 basic package that gives the user a ISBN and makes the e-book available to all major e-book retailers; and a $199.99 advance package, which gives the user the full e-Pub file for their own use.

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Dispatch from the Self-Publishing Book Expo

Michael N. Marcus has a great field report from the Self-Publishing Book Expo this past weekend in NYC.

Observations, in no particular order:

  • There were lots of people there, right from the opening at 10 a.m. It was obvious that Expo impresarios Diane Mancher and Karen Mender were correct in assessing the need for such an event, and they made the right decision in making the exhibit floor a freebie for all attendees.

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Barnes & Noble’s PubIt is Live

Barnes and Noble’s new self-publishing platform, Pubit, is now live. To put it simply, it’s Barnes& Noble’s version of Amazon’s DTP platform, and it has very similar terms:

Books released through Pubit! can be priced as low as 99¢ and as high as $199.99, but there’s definitely a sweet spot where Barnes and Noble encourages publishers to list their e-books.

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