Current news stories from the independent book industry

Toronto International Book Fair Launches Self-Publishing Award

Inspire! Toronto International Book FairVia the Toronto Star:

Canada’s first awards for self-published books will be presented at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair, an exhibition for print and digital books that launches in November.

The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards are open to all Canadians who have produced a book between July 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014, using any self-publishing platform.

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Smashwords Releases 2014 Indie Author Survey

Smashwords 2014 Indie Author SurveyVia the Smashwords blog comes the 2014 Indie Author Survey. Some key findings:

Readers prefer longer ebooks – We observed this in the prior surveys.  Longer books sell better, and when you view the data through the prism of the power curve, it becomes clear why longer books give authors such a huge sales advantage.

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Red Room Shutting Down – Bought by Wattpad

Redroom Announcement, a popular destination for authors looking to network, is shutting down on July 8 and being absorbed into Wattpad. The announcement doesn’t exactly make clear how this will work, as Wattpad and RedRoom provide entirely different functions. Wattpad is a place for narrative work, while RedRoom is more of a blogging platform.…

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SPR Launches Jump Start Book Promo Package

SPR Jump Start Your BookSelf-Publishing Review has today released a new book review package, SPR Jump Start, aimed at those with a budget in mind who need to get their book seen fast.

The Jump Start review package costs $59, a fraction of the cost of many professional review services on the market today.…

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SPR Partners With BookBaby’s BookPromo

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SPR is proud to today announce a partnership with BookBaby!

BookPromo, a set of promo tools that come free with every BookBaby publishing package, today announced the expansion of “BookPromo to be an even more powerful promotional tool”, reaching thousands of targeted readers with incredibly affordable advertising.…

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Self-Publishing Boosts Sales 79% in the U.K.

nielsenbooksVia the Guardian and Neilsen:

Self-published books’ share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013, with 18m self-published books bought by UK readers last year, according to new statistics.

With print sales falling by 10% last year, and book purchasing as a whole down 4%, ebook sales continue to grow, according to Nielsen’s comprehensive tracking of book purchases, up 20% in the UK in 2013, with 80m ebooks bought by UK consumers, to a value of £300m.

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