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Amazon Releases Kindle Unlimited with One Major Problem

Kindle Unlimited

There’s been a lot of fanfare about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program – a service where you can read any book for $9.99 a month. Well, not any book. Indie authors hoping to be a part of this program face one obstacle: you need to be in the Kindle Select program, meaning it requires exclusivity to Amazon. Mark Coker laments: ... Read More »

The Indie Author Manifesto

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Courtesy of Mark Coker and Smashwords comes these by-laws: I hold these truths to be self-evident: I am an indie author I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing I have a right to publish My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book. Indie ... Read More »

eBook Marketing: Is Buying a Great Book Review Your Cup of Tea?


With the huge controversy brewing in the Book Publishing Industry over book reviews and how they’re obtained and used, I thought I would jump in on this. We have exposed a problem in the trust of one of the decision points buyers have. Is the ebook as good as the review says it is? How much do readers/buyers rely on ... Read More »

Mark Coker on the Downfall of Big Publishing


This week, Mark Coker posted a new entry to the Smashwords blog detailing the rise of self-publishing and discussing the broken model upon which big publishing is built. From the article: If authors – the beating heart powering Big Publishing – lose faith in Big Publishing, then big publishing as we know it will die. By “Big Publishing,” I’m referring ... Read More »

SPR interviews Mark Coker of Smashwords


For the last century, publishers controlled the means of book production and book distribution. If authors wanted to reach readers, they had no choice but to kneel before the publishing oligopolists who had the power to determine who got published, and what readers read. The system worked fantastically well for the publishers, [. . .] but less well for the authors they published, and even less well for the vast majority of authors who could never gain access to the cliquey club of the published. Read More »