I've blogged about Book Country before, when they first launched and were in beta. But recently the site got a make-over, and now it looks slicker and has a few more features. First, the website now has better navigation. Once you log in, all the main features of the site are easy to find: read and review (books on the site), connect (with other writers), learn (blog posts … [Read more...] about Book Country’s Public Launch
I attended my last BEA as a resident of the east coast (though I'm sure I'll find a way to get back there next year). Although I was pressed for time and unable to make any of the panels this year, I met some really amazing people, publishers, and startups. One of my favorite booths was Indie Bestsellers, where six indie best-selling authors talked to fans and signed … [Read more...] about BookExpo America 2013
What's Going On With Readers Today from Goodreads A while back, Goodreads asked publishers what questions they would like to ask readers. The results of the Goodreads survey from December 2012 are now up, and there are some interesting finds. I do wonder, however, how accurate these findings are. Yes, Goodreads has a huge base of readers, but the ones who decided to answer … [Read more...] about What’s Going on With Readers Today?
Digital publishing has leveled the playing field for startups. One new company, that I’m excited to blog about, is called WordPivot. Launched a few weeks ago, WordPivot is, according to the press release, “a research‐based reading app that creates personalized quizzes inside the pages of your favorite eBooks to help you turbocharge your vocabulary.” … [Read more...] about WordPivot: Boosting Vocabulary One eBook at a Time
I had the pleasure of attending the first day of the O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) conference this year. It's an annual conference that mainly covers digital publishing, and it's nearly as good as Books in Browsers. There were a lot of great talks and some interesting startups and companies on exhibit, but I'm going to focus this post on data. It's a little technical, but … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Tools of Change
I read a couple really helpful articles on Digital Book World that can help indie authors. The first gives some tips on how to design a cover optimized for Amazon, and all the other retailers where readers only see a thumbnail image. The second article gives a list of front matter and other tips on how to make a book look more like a traditional publisher made it. … [Read more...] about Polishing a Self-Published Book
The last couple years have been a time of change for the publishing industry, and I expect this year to be the same. Every few weeks I've been hearing about new startups and ventures that expect to--and probably will--disrupt publishing. I think it's worth sharing some of them here, and what their success could mean for publishing, both traditional and indie. … [Read more...] about Trends and Startups in Book Publishing
Read my first Huffington Post article, about traditionally published authors who have been publishing their own books. I'm thankful to have been able to interview such a talented and interesting group of people! Click here to read it. (Also posted on IndieReader and The Passive Voice). … [Read more...] about Why Traditionally Published Authors Are Going Indie
I'm not as familiar with what's going on with e-textbooks, but there seems to have been a lot of exciting developments recently. One thing I often hear about e-textbooks is that, despite the expectation that young people, particularly college students, would be the first to eagerly adopt all things digital, most students don't like e-textbooks as much as physical books. The … [Read more...] about The Coming of Age of E-Textbooks?
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
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
Great blog post from Peter Brantley on Publisher's Weekly today. It's called "Hey Dad, What's a File?" Below is an excerpt: As Siracusa notes in his 10.8 review, the combination of powerful desktop operating system services with the interface designs of portable devices makes traditional computers simpler to use, particularly if people are willing to live within the walled … [Read more...] about Book Files
BookStats, the annual survey conducted by BISG that captures the size and scope of the publishing industry, was released today. See the press release below; there are some interesting factoids, particularly for anyone working with ebooks. … [Read more...] about BookStats, What Happened in the Publishing Industry in 2011
There's a wide range of ebook conversion services out there, from tools to let you do it yourself to companies that will produce the whole ebook for you. Below is a list. (NOTE: I have not used all of these services). Remember: it's important to test your files on all devices you use. Books will look different depending on format and device. Validating is also important. If a … [Read more...] about EBook Conversion for Self-Publishers
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 accounted for 20% of book sales in 2011, up from 10% in … [Read more...] about Self-publishing ebooks: Why maximizing distribution matters