Current news stories from the independent book industry

Fascinating Video from Author Solutions CEO

As a reaction to the brouhaha over Author Solutions’ partnership with Harlequin, Author Solutions CEO, Kevin Weiss, put together this video to address the literary guilds that took issue with the partnership: the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).…

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Self-Publishing News: Lulu and Kindle (Updated)

Two major developments this week in self-publishing. is going public and looking for a $50 million public offering – interestingly on the Canadian market.

Why Canada? The local equity market has been on bit of a boom, and in 2009, saw 28 new issues worth C$1.8 billion, compared with the C$682 million raised from 57 new issues in 2008, the story says.

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Videos of eReaders at CES

What an incredibly exciting time for the ebook market. Often, you could be led to think that there’s a hefty amount of delusion in the advocacy of self-publishing, given the difficulty of adequately distributing books. But this year’s Consumer Electronics Show shows that ebooks are here to stay, which will increase the potential for distribution for all writers.…

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Welcome to Self-Publishing Review 2.0

The new site is finally live. Spent the last couple of weeks living on the WPMU and Buddypress forums to get this set up. Users now have the ability to:

  1. Join groups
  2. Participate in forums
  3. Add friends

Additionally, the coolest part of this new set-up for me is that anyone who registers has the ability to add blog posts to the site.…

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Smashwords Teams Up with Shortcovers

Another week, another major announcement from Smashwords.  From the Smashwords blog:

If you haven’t heard of Shortcovers, they’re a hot startup created by Indigo Books, Canada’s largest book retailer. They offer a family of free e-reading apps supporting all major smart phone platforms, including the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre and Google Android.

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On Collectives and Crowdsourcing

There have been two new developments in the last two weeks showing just how much digital publishing is changing.  When this site was started a year ago, there was still some holdover from the previous assessments of self-publishing – that is was a fringe type of publishing meant for people with limited talent. …

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Thomas Nelson Forms Self-Publishing Partnership With Author Solutions

Reprinted from Mick Rooney’s blog.

Thomas Nelson was originally founded as a Scottish bookseller in Edinburgh in 1798. The company began selling second-hand religious books but quickly developed the Thomas Nelson publishing imprint. Throughout the nineteenth century it continued to publish both religious and non-religious books until close to the turn of the century when non-religious books accounted for 94% of published material.…

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