Current news stories from the independent book industry

Wrap Up from Book Expo America

Book Expo America has come and gone and the mood you come away with is that publishing in a state of limbo.  A lot of talk of how publishing is changing, but no clear answer about where it’s going to go. …

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Smashwords Offers Two New Services for Epublishers

Smashwords is quickly becoming one of the central portals in the e-revolution. This week unveiled an affiliate marketing program, available to anyone who signs up with the site (check the sponsors button in the upper right). Mark Coker describes the affiliate program on the Smashwords blog:

[Affiliate revenue] comes out of the author’s percentage.

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The Lulu Book Review Gets a Redesign

The self-publishing blogosphere just got a lot more slick and professional.  The Lulu Book Review is now the LL Book Review – offering reviews of books on CreateSpace and Wordclay, as well as Lulu, with a totally revamped design.  This is great news as self-publishing becomes more legitimized and a part of the overall dialogue.…

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Self-Published Writers Receive IPPY Awards

The IPPY Awards are in and a number of self-published titles have been included:

5. Popular Fiction
Gold (tie): The Dyodyne Experiment, by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro (Synergy Books – A Book Pros imprint that costs $8000 to publish with advanced PR and distribution) and Peak Experience, by Bud Connell (ARC Publishers – the writer’s imprint, not ARC Publications out of the UK)
Silver (tie): A Plague of Scoundrels, by Jon Cory (Komenar Publishing – not s-p) and Do The Math: A Novel of the Inevitable, by Philip B.…

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