Killing Themselves Over eBooks

I’ve said it before myself. NY Big Boy Publishers are only hurting themselves (well, along with their readers and their authors, I suppose) with their stance on eBooks. Here is an interesting blog post on the subject of DRM by author Charlie Stross: “Cutting Their Own Throats” Excerpt: The corporate drive for DRM is motivated…

Amazon’s KDP Select

Early last month, Amazon introduced their KDP Select Program for Kindle authors. This is a way to earn added royalties, use added promotional tools for your title, and get prime visibility on Amazon.com. Through KDP Select, Amazon Prime members can read any KDP Select Kindle eBook for free through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. From…

Guest Post: Editor-Phobia

The following is a guest post by Muffy Morrigan: In all the years I’ve been around the publishing business, the one thing I’ve noticed is many people have a fear of editors. The fear has become so great, in fact, that more and more people are not even calling editors “editors” but using “beta” instead….

Guest Post: My Write App

The following is a guest post by Paul E. Cooley. For an author, e-books can be their own special kind of hell. They’re inexpensive to produce, should be inexpensive for the reader, and allow writers to include all sorts of contextual information that is impossible to duplicate in their paper brethren. However, who wants to…

Smashwords, LSI, and CS News

Just a few links to actual posts, seeing as how this is obviously not a real post. Smashwords to Start Accepting More eBook Formats in 2012 EXCERPT: Starting in 2012, Smashwords is going to allow everyone to submit other eBook files instead of the DOC file that is used as the source for Meatgrinder. This…

Kindle Cloud Reader

In the August 2011 Kindle KDP Newsletter, Amazon announced the Kindle Cloud Reader. He is what they have to say: On August 10th, Amazon.com announced Kindle Cloud Reader, its latest Kindle reading application that leverages HTML5 and enables customers to read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser – online or offline – with…

Online vs. Paper Publishing

The following is a guest post by Anthony Garcia: From novels to newspapers, popular magazines to academic reports, more and more literature is showing up on our digital screens. The Association of American Publishers reported that in 2010, sales of e-books alone increased significantly on an annual basis, up +164.4% for 2010 vs. 2009. But…

Amazon Bypasses Publishers

Thanks to Twitter, where I get all my news, I found this little piece on Slashdot: “David Streitfeld reports that Amazon is aggressively wooing top authors, gnawing away at the services publishers, critics and agents used to provide. ‘Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,’ says Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. ‘The…

From Bookstore to Publisher…the Revolution of Amazon.com

Guest Post by Sabrina Jackson: In this day in age, we take to Amazon.com for pretty much anything our hearts desire.  Not only can you access the site to purchase that new book by your favorite author…but while you’re at it you can also add a plasma TV along with gourmet foods and wine to…

A Birthday Treat for OMGrey!

As some of you know, I also write under the pen name O. M. Grey. As Olivia, I’ve gathered many readers because of my candid relationship essays and podcast as well as my erotic fiction. Throughout each week I get several emails as well as comments on my blog posts from readers who enjoy my…