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London Book Fair 2015: Self-Publishing Smashes Through

by Andrew Albanese Once again, events tailored to independent and self-published authors at the London Book Fair’s Author HQ were jam-packed, and among the London Book FairÔÇÖs most popular offerings. PW checks in with a leading indie service provider, Smashwords founder Mark Coker, about the state of self-publishing in 2015, and what the future holds. […]

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Bring back the serialized novel

By Hillary Kelly Hillary Kelly is a contributing editor at Washingtonian and a books and culture writer in Washington, D.C. In 1847, an English cleaning woman was extremely excited to learn that the boy lodging in her employerÔÇÖs house was ÔÇ£the son of the man that put together DombeyÔÇØ ÔÇö that is, the son of […]

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Can Publishers Compete As Content Marketers?

Brian O’Leary Publishers that see the value of conversion architectures and content marketing may still wonder, ÔÇ£Can we really compete in this space?ÔÇØ IÔÇÖm strongly arguing yes, as publishers already have the skills required to compete effectively as content marketers. In fact, publishers can deliver on the promise of conversion architectures and content marketing because: […]

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Which Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit?

By: Dana Beth Weinberg Oyster recently added an ebookstore loaded with Big Five titles, a move that could in turn bolster the subscription model, potentially attracting new readers and making the brand more competitive with Amazon. Scribd is steadily bulking up on audiobooks. Two major publishers added ebooks to new the multimedia subscription platform Playster […]

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Publishers Target e-book Pirates

By Michael Kozlowski The International Publishers Association is taking e-book piracy seriously and has started to target websites offering free downloads. A series of websites have been targeted that have a massive collection of pirated content from 16,000 different publishers. The IPA has successfully won a judgement for $37 million dollars against Avaxhome and Avaxsearch┬á […]

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10 Things To Look Out For When Line Editing

by Adriana Bielkova ┬®. You know the drill: revise the structure; look at plot flow; do more work on this or that character; check grammar and spelling; proofread. Hang on a secondÔǪ you forgot to line edit! Line editing makes your sentences the best they can be. That means removing all the unnecessary words; making […]

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Amazon to Publishers: Set Your Own E-Book Prices!

Amazon to Customers: Not Our Fault! The New York Times reported on Monday night that Amazon and HarperCollins had signed a new multiyear contract to sell e-books. The agreement, which came just a few weeks after news leaked to Business Insider that HarperCollinsÔÇÖ contract with Amazon was set to expire, presumably averted another lengthy, public […]

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A new aid to Discoverability for authors

WhatÔÇÖs the value of the New Streaming Platforms? By: Murray Izenwasser Two similar apps recently took the social media universe by storm: Meerkat and Periscope. Both allow you to live-stream video directly from your mobile phone to the web. The real difference between them is that Periscope is from Twitter Inc. while Meerkat isnÔÇÖt, but […]

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Debunking the Discovery Problem

By Joe Wikert Ever since ebooks gained traction the publishing industry has obsessed with what’s typically referred to as “the discovery problem.” The common wisdom is that discovery of the content will lead to fame and fortune. I believe digital content’s main challenge is more about efficiency, less about discovery, and my inspiration for this […]

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How can authors partner with a bookstore? Ask a Bookseller!

by David Enyeart Recently at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Minneapolis, Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson organized and moderated a panel about the many partnership opportunities for authors and independent bookstores. ItÔÇÖs a panel he does every year at the AWP ÔÇö ÔÇ£Most writers donÔÇÖt know as much as they […]

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