A Look at Amazon: Timeline and Indie Author News

It's been a while since I've posted about Amazon, but as usual, I've been collecting links. Here are some items that explain what Amazon has been up to (you may notice it covers a wide range of topics, which is fitting, since Amazon covers so many industries now): How to Help Readers Find Your Book …

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Tools and Resources for Creating Ebooks

Ebooks are great. You can carry around as many with you as you'd like at one time, and you can easily share what you're reading with friends. Ebooks are also the easiest way for indie authors to sell their work. For authors who are interested in making their own books, here's a list of resources: Ebook Creation …

Displaying Ebooks in New Ways

It's not just ebooks that are disrupting. Technology that displays ebooks is changing, which has led to some potentially creative new ways to read books, or at least to look at them. On Publishing Perspectives, Bob Pritchett wrote about what needs to change in publishing, including the fact that the length of the book should …

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 …

Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I'd say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that's because it's an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone's The Everything Store, I have a …

E-Reading Reviews: A Roundup of the Latest E-Book Readers

By Tom Erik Dale – Sainsbury's eBooks With the holidays come new and improved e-readers, with better screens and more features to make reading more pleasurable. Tom Erik Dale, from Sainsbury's eBooks, has written a helpful guide detailing the pros and cons of the three most popular new e-readers. Read on. E-books are great. Not so much …

Kindle, Kindle, Kindle: Amazon’s Latest Publishing Tools

In the last week, Amazon has made three big announcements, all of which I think have the potential to greatly help indie authors. Kindle Countdown Deals The first, and most exciting in my opinion, is the Kindle Countdown Deals. What this means is that authors who publish e-books on Amazon have an easy way of …

An Explanation of E-Book Formats

If you are a self-published author or someone looking to do e-book conversions, it can feel daunting at first because there are so many different formats to worry about. The two main formats, however, are EPUB and Kindle's proprietary format. EPUB can be used and read on Apple, Nook, Kobo, Sony, Google, and more devices, …

Self Publishing Platform Updates

In the last few months, a lot has changed with some of the major self-publishing channels, specifically Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. Kindle Aside from Amazon launching Kindle Worlds, which changes the way fan fiction is written and published, it also recently started publishing Kindle Single Interviews. The second interview will be with Obama. Additionally, …