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Current news stories from the independent book industry

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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Happy Read an E-Book Week

Read an E-book Week is here.  Some info:

History – Read an E-Book Week was first registered with Chase’s Calendar of Events in 2004. Chase’s is a day by day directory of special days, weeks and months used by event planners or anyone looking for a reason to celebrate.

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A Literary Author Self-Publishes

It’s always been my contention that for self-publishing really to enter the mainstream and be taken seriously as an avenue for all writers, it would have to gain popularity as a medium for literary fiction.  That would lend it instant respect and credibility. …

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The shape of things to come…

Jason Epstein is, and has been, one of the preeminent powers in publishing for nearly half a century. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Epstein) Few, if any, know more about the business than he does.

This is an extraordinary article he has just written about what the future has in store: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23683

Digitization makes possible a world in which anyone can claim to be a publisher and anyone can call him- or herself an author.

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Open for Submissions

Since January 25, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is open to submissions until February 7.

To register and enter you will need to submit:

  • The full/complete version of your manuscript (the “Manuscript”), which must be between 50,000 and 150,000 words;
  • Up to the first 5,000 words, but no less than 3,000 words, of text of that manuscript, excluding any table of contents, foreword, and acknowledgments (the “Excerpt”);
  • A pitch statement (cover letter/summary) of up to 300 word (the “Pitch”);
  • Other registration information as asked for on the entry page (such as name, contact information, book title), and
  • An author photo (if desired), which must be in .jpg format (at least 72 dpi and 500×468 pixels)

How the Contest Works

Beginning January 25, 2010 through February 7th, 2010 you can enter your unpublished or self-published English-language novel into the General Fiction category, or the new Young Adult Fiction category.…

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The iBook on the iPad (Updated)

So the iPad is finally here and brings big implications for the future of publishing. Here’s a video of the iBooks app at work:

The iBooks app will use the ePub format, which is good news and bad news. The good news is that it’s not a proprietary format, like the Kindle – i.e.…

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