Guest Post: 10 Tips on How to Be Google Friendly in 2018

By Chris Hickman  As an indie author, it’s important to have a website so people can find out about you and your work. Chris Hickman has some tips on how to make sure your website is easily found in Google’s search engine. Webmasters who want to rank high in Google’s engine need to ensure that their …

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Publishing in VR

Virtual reality (VR) isn't only for games. More traditional publishers are also incorporating the new medium into their content, and it's exciting to see it all unfold and think about how stories may exist in the not-too-distant future. According to Digital Book World, "VR could be the next frontier for publishers as a new revenue …

New Ebook Fonts Make Ereading More Like Print

The average reader probably doesn't think a lot about fonts, but they are important contributors to the reading experience. A few weeks ago, Google announced a new typeface for Google Books, called Literata. The Next Web goes into more detail, but the gist is Google ebooks now have a font that distinguishes it from ebooks read on …

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 …

Self-publishing ebooks: Why maximizing distribution matters

New technologies and startups have made it easier than ever to self-publish ebooks. But they don't make it any easier to make a living writing. The most important thing you can do as a self-published author, however, is to make sure your ebook is available through as many retail channels as possible. (FYI, ebook sales …

Google eBookstore–A Chrome Experiment

Google has found a creative way for readers to find good ebooks. If you're using Chrome, you should check out the WebGL Bookcase, which allows you to browse through a virtual circular bookcase, click on covers that interest you, and read a synopsis of a book by flipping through it online. If you like what you …

This Week in Publishing

Apple and Google are offering publishers different ways to charge for their content. For one thing, Apple will take a 30 percent cut of subscription revenue and will work with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, while Google will only take a 10 percent cut and will work with tablets, smartphones, and websites. But an …