Comparing the Ebook Submission Process: Self-Publishers v. Publishers

I recently wrapped up a freelance project with a small publisher, where I uploaded/submitted ebook files and metadata to Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. In the process, I thought about the similarities and differences between how a self-publisher would go about distributing an ebook versus a publishing company that is submitting files …

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Freebie Strategies for Indie Authors

UPDATE: Author David Gaughran has also kindly answered a few additional questions.  Using free as a tool can be very beneficial to authors. When Amazon first started their KDP Select program, many authors were able to take advantage of the five freebie days offered during every 90-day exclusivity period, and shoot to best-selling status. However, Amazon has …

Twitter News: Borders Files for Bankruptcy

  Last week, Borders filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. It had been a long time coming, but at least they avoided a Chapter 7, which would mean they basically would have been liquidated. About 200 stores of the 600 Borders stores will be closed. I imagine the bankruptcy of Borders worries many publishers. Borders and …

This Week in Publishing

A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series infringed upon Adrian Jacobs's "The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1 Livid Land," which was published in 1987. Scholastic, the U.S. Harry Potter publisher, said, "Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed... Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality …

Barnes & Noble

Rumor has it that Barnes & Noble may no longer exist one year from now. In the meantime, I can enjoy their stores and Christmas decorations. And I can also play around with their Nook. The new color Nook was recently released. It uses LED like Apple's iPad, but it's formatted similarly to Amazon's Kindle--with …

12/06/10: This Week in Publishing

It has finally happened! Google launched the Google eBookstore on Monday. The bookstore is an extension of Google's book project, "an effort that began in 2004 to scan all 130 million books in the world, by Google’s estimate." Because it is cloud-based, it is an "open-ecosystem," which means consumers can buy their books once through the …

11/29/10: Publishing This Week

California, as a way to save money and improve education, is going to use open source, free textbooks (yay!). Since there's not enough money to give every student a laptop, there's some skepticism as to how well this will work. But it's the first state to try this and something is better than nothing (California K-12 education was ranked 49th …