I recently set up my own e-publishing imprint after 20 years working in print. Before launching, I did a lot of research into the market. Here are my top tips for ebook success.
Call me a caveman, but as much as I love getting my news here, I STILL like physical books more than ebooks, iPads, Kindles, Fires and even the prospect of getting a little quick Nook-ie.
When it comes to learning to read well, our country seems to be in a never-ending cycle of conflict and consternation. Enter the fray a new disruption: the transition from print to digital books.
Share enough to convince her that just because you aren't "dating" someone in a way that she easily understands doesn't mean you are romantically doomed or considering another sexual orientation.
Okay, so now we know where the e-book is going. Ever upward. To have predicted that twelve years ago, when I had all my novels reversed from major pu...
Uncertainty is an easier destination to arrive at than confidence, especially when the truth is, there's no such thing as making anything that's really new. Everything is an evolution of something else. But you can make something better.
The truth is that this dispute is not about saving literature or the sanctity of the literary world, it is about the publishers' business model.
The new ploy by book publishers is to characterize Amazon as a monopoly poised to take over and dictate terms and run rampant over those who create ebook content.
Sometimes the DOJ goes after companies that have done nothing wrong, but more often it lets big-time antitrust violators get away with murder. In a recent case -- one that has roiled the publishing industry -- the DOJ has managed to do both.
The trouble is that in too many cities and towns, we no longer have a village square except in the form of enclosed spaces owned by profit-seeking corporations. What happened to that protester said a lot more about our privatized idea of community than it does about that one particular incident.
They say you should never judge a book by its cover -- it is also important to never judge a book by its price.
Something in it piqued our curiosity and we had to stop reading, or felt we had to. The days of sinking into a book in happy oblivion of the world around us had almost vanished.
As more established, quality authors who kept the rights to their work figure out that it's to their advantage to publish themselves on Kindle rather than beg for contracts from "big" publishers, there will be an explosion of great work available in e-book form.
In 1999, I decided to self-publish a novel. I'd sold books to mainstream houses in the past, but no one wanted this one. But I believed in it. My agent believed in it. My wife believed in it. The dog was neutral.
It's not possible for Amazon to both (1) sell e-books at a loss in order to reap big profits on Kindle devices, and (2) sell Kindles at a loss to reap big profits on e-books. It may be doing 1 or it may be doing 2, but it can't be doing both at the same time.
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