Current news stories from the independent book industry

New Digital Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing

Interesting.  Former Lulu staffer starts up a digital publisher:

Anthony Policastro, a former business analyst at self-publishing vendor, has launched the Outer Banks Publishing Group, a new publishing venture that will focus on digital publishing and the use of social media to build an audience for POD print releases.

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Selling Direct to the iPad

The Apple iPad has now gone the Kindle dtp route and now users can upload a book directly to the iBooks store without having to use a third-party distributor, like Smashwords (which I still advocate because of all of the other places it distributes to).…

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JA Konrath’s Deal with Amazon

An interesting development for JA Konrath which has implications for self-publishing and it also…doesn’t. Amazon Encore is going to release Konrath’s next novel digitally and in print. AmazonEncore is “a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate.”

Konrath doesn’t exactly fit that profile, as his novels are doing well, but this has the feel of the beginning of the future – once self-publishers are able to mimic what Konrath has done without a traditional publisher, the role of traditional publishing will really be diminished.…

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Barnes and Noble Offers Self-Publishing Service

Via Publisher’s Weekly:

Barnes & Noble is entering the self-publishing business with the summer launch of PubIt! by Barnes & Noble that will allow independent publishers and self-publishing writers to distribute their works digitally through Barnes & and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore.

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SPR is For Sale and/or Needs a Co-Editor

I can’t do this alone anymore.  Big site, needs a lot of content.  With self-publishing growing as it is, this site could become a major magazine…if it had a staff able to take on the amazing number of books being released. …

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