Current news stories from the independent book industry

The Guardian Announces Self-Publishing Award

The Guardian in the UK
The Guardian in the UK

The Guardian is set to become the first national newspaper to champion self-publishing on a regular basis with the launch of a new monthly prize that aims to find the best DIY novels.

The paper is teaming up with publisher Legend Times to support and showcase what it said was “the fantastic quality of writing that can be found from independent authors”, as the sector continues to boom.

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Scribd now compatible with Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire readers, rejoice! Scribd is now compatible. Download the brand new app to start reading unlimited books.

The Scribd apps for Apple and Android devices have also been updated according to feedback from their community of readers. Scribd just released an update in the iTunes and Google Play stores, with the following new features:

  • More fonts and font sizes to choose from
  • Bringing the five-star book rating system from the website to the mobile app
  • New “night reading” mode with a softer black background
  • Track your reading progress by page number

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Sony Shuts Down the Reader Store (Updated)

SonyIt was fun while it lasted (the Sony Reader was my first ebook reader) – Sony is shutting down its reader store and migrating titles to Kobo. Via Publisher’s Weekly:

Sony, one of the first companies to enter the e-book market but which has fallen far behind Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble, will close its e-bookstore, the Reader Store, in March and allow its American and Canadian customers to migrate their accounts to Kobo.

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Publish America Rebrands as America Star

FireShot Screen Capture #534 - 'About Us I America Star Books' - www_americastarbooks_com_about_htmlVia Writer Beware comes this news: embattled vanity press Publish America is trying to make people forget its past by changing their name to America Star. It is perhaps in reaction to stories like this:

Plaintiffs allege breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, violations of the California Business and Professions Code (for untrue advertising), violations of the California Unfair Competition Law (for unlawful business acts and practices, unfair business acts and practices, and fraudulent business acts and practices), and deceptive acts and practices under New York General Business Law.

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Poll: Writers Prefer Traditional to Self-Publishing

AuthorPrefPubNextBook AuthorPrefPubNextBookFrankly, the results of this unscientific poll are unsurprising. In a 2014 Author Survey, these were the results:

Despite the rise of self-publishing and the enthusiasm with which self-published authors celebrate its ascendance, overall, the authors surveyed are more interested in traditionally publishing their next book.

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