Current news stories from the independent book industry

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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Yudu and Figment

Two recent discoveries that illustrate the shifting landscape in publishing.

First, Yudu, which comes from a press release, but still interesting:

A shortcoming of all eReader platforms, including Apple’s iPad, is their inability to process Flash, a multimedia platform commonly used for web sites, digital magazines and other interactive media.

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Smashwords Distributes to the iPad

If you’ve published with Smashwords, you’ve already gotten the email, but big news: Smashwords will now distribute to the iPad iBookstore, which is set to release on April 3rd. What’s interesting is this is being touted as the way into the iPad on Apple sites.…

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