On the last day of 2012, Smashwords made an exciting announcement: authors can now directly upload epubs to the site. This might not sound like a big deal, but it kind of is. According to the Smashwords blog, as of December 31, 2012, Smashwords became "the world’s largest distributor of ebooks from self-published authors and small independent presses." And now that authors … [Read more...] about Smashwords: An upgrade to help indie authors sell better ebooks
My novella, The 13th Cycle is now available on my website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. Thank you to everyone who helped me write this book! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Find out more below: "The 13th Cycle" by Sabrina Ricci on Ganxy … [Read more...] about The 13th Cycle has been published!
Wonderful infographic by http://www.teachingdegree.org/2012/11/26/ebooks-vs-print-books/ that shows how ebooks and print books can co-exist. The idea came from a study by the Pew Research Center about the rise of ebooks and people's reading habits. According to the designers who created the infographic, a lot of the data showed how print books still dominate in a lot of ways, … [Read more...] about E-Books v. P-Books
I got a good laugh today when I read Publisher Weekly's "Random House Launches New Digital-Only Imprints." Why, you might ask? Well, because a group of friends and I had the exact same idea in 2011. … [Read more...] about Random House’s New Digital Imprints
What will ebooks look like in the future? Every new medium has growing pains. At first, the structure tends to mimic whatever is familiar, but over time it expands in to new territory. … [Read more...] about The Evolution of eBooks
Some of you probably already know, but I'm working on my first novella! It's a thriller about the Maya Calendar, and I'd appreciate anyone who can check it out (also, following my link will lead you to an AMAZING video with dinosaur puppets. Ok, maybe not amazing, but definitely entertaining!). Click here to see it. In case you'd like to know more about my book, here's the … [Read more...] about A Maya Thriller
Part 2 of my Books in Browsers post. Read part 1 here. The second day of BiB had a number of really exciting demos. Just as with the first post, I've broken down the highlights below. You can also watch most of the talks on video here. … [Read more...] about Books in Browsers Recap Day 2
Books in Browsers is an annual conference at the Internet Archive, where for two days technologists and book publishers gather to discuss and share all the wonderful new ways to create digital content. It’s probably my favorite publishing related conference. … [Read more...] about Books in Browsers Day 1 Recap
Got an exciting email last week, announcing a new, provocative book. I'm running behind on my reviews, so haven't had a chance to read it yet, but here's a synopsis for anyone who might be interested: Welcome to the Booby Trap, a seedy bar in Everett, Mass. where waitresses' skirts are high, necklines are low, and customers show up for the eye candy. This is the setting for … [Read more...] about New ebook: The Booby Trap
Part 3 of 3 of my Trends in Publishing post, which covers trends in metadata and collecting publishing data. From the original post: "While researching my thesis project for my M.S. in publishing at NYU, I came across several interesting trends that I think will affect publishing. In fact, I've already seen some of these at work in the three months since I wrote the report, … [Read more...] about Trends in Publishing (Part 3)
Part 2 of 3 of my Trends in Publishing post, which covers subscription websites and gamification trends. From the original post: "While researching my thesis project for my M.S. in publishing at NYU, I came across several interesting trends that I think will affect publishing. In fact, I've already seen some of these at work in the three months since I wrote the report, and … [Read more...] about Trends in Publishing (Part 2)
While researching my thesis project for my M.S. in publishing at NYU, I came across several interesting trends that I think will affect publishing. In fact, I've already seen some of these at work in the three months since I wrote the report, and I plan on using this information for my own startup, Write or Read. I've broken up this post into three parts. Read parts two and … [Read more...] about Trends in Publishing
Per request, I'm posting snippets of code to use to enable read aloud functionality on an iPad. You usually do this for children's books in EPUB3. Above is a sample of the SMIL file you will need to include. Remember to make a SMIL file for each "page." And don't forget to add it to your OPF! Below is a sample of the extra code to include in the HTML file. You will also need … [Read more...] about EPUB3 Read Aloud Code
Great post by Peter Brantley on Publisher's Weekly about the effect of the popularity of the new Google tablet, Nexus 7. Basically, he points out that Google is a company that endorses EPUB3 and open standards for e-books, such as with metadata, and if the Nexus 7 becomes a bigger player in the e-reading market, this would mean publishers could change their strategies regarding … [Read more...] about EPUB3 v. Amazon KF8
Readers are important, especially now that reader reviews play a big role in driving online sales. As a reader, how do you find your next e-book to read? What tools would you like to see available? Great post by Alex Laybourne. … [Read more...] about What About the Readers?