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Sniff, Sniff

Lynda Freeman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

I looked toward the source of the irritating sound. A woman, who was busy listening to something on her laptop, earphones clamped to her head, sat in the chair beside me. I hope she has a tissue, I thought. I hope she blows her nose.

The Entire History Of Amazon Kindle In 1 GIF

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology

In case you've forgotten how clunky the Amazon Kindle used to look, check out this new GIF chronicling the e-reader's transformation from 2007 to toda...

Amazon Wants You To Fight Its Battle With Hachette

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business

Amazon and Hachette are officially engaged in a tug-of-war game, and now the e-retailer is reaching out to customers for a little extra leverage for i...

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Amazon Wants You To Pay $120 For A Glorified Library Card

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology

Amazon officially unveiled an all-you-can-read subscription service on Friday that gives you access to more e-books than you could ever finish. Tha...

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

Why Apple Has Lost the E-Book War

Andrew Zack | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Andrew Zack

As I sit here writing this, it looks like Apple will be paying many millions to settle lawsuits with the various states over E-Book pricing, as well as to settle a class-action lawsuit for the same reason.

Pissed Off at Amazon? How to Help Your Writing Career with the Power of Your Purse

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author. Right now, as Amazon is standing over the major publishing house, Hachette, threatening to crush them like a fruit fly, independent booksellers couldn't be more important. Let us explain why.

Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower If you're an Indie author l...

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

The Bookstore Is Dead, Long Live the Bookstore

Alice Carey | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Alice Carey

What can be more pleasant than walking down a street with magic in your hand and excitement in your heart at the thought of settling down with a cup of tea, and opening a new book?

I Don't Want Your E-Books, Thanks Very Much

Sarah Convissar | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

There is something about holding a book and being able to turn the pages that I find comforting. In today's 21st century, books may become obsolete. For me that's something I find scary.

Our Exclusionary Attitudes Toward Self-Publishing Must Change

Jenny Trout | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Jenny Trout

Self-publishing is the only way many authors, for various reasons, will ever be able to put their books in front of an audience. Suggesting that alternative methods of publishing will harm literature is the same as suggesting folk art will harm high art, or YouTube will harm film.

How to Save Local Bookstores In Two Easy Steps

Eytan Levy | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Eytan Levy

Amazon beats local bookstores on price, and beats them on digital sales completely. Most people think local bookstores don't stand a chance. Plenty have done well enough, but there's a way out of this mess anyway. We can fix bookstores so they survive for decades to come. In two easy steps.

Forgotten Books, Discovered

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.05.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Pacing through the website of Forgotten Books, an online library with hundreds of thousands of titles, is like walking through the aisles of a favorite bookstore.

WATCH: Tech Takes Reading For A Ride

Shawn Amos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Can it be true? Those shiny, blinking devices that seem to be multiplying around us are actually encouraging us to read more? Apparently so! But tabl...

The 20 Most Important Questions to Ask About the Business of E-Book Singles

Howard Polskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Howard Polskin

We've had many random questions about the e-book single business since Thin Reads launched in April as the world's first and only website covering this medium. Here are 20 of them in no particular order.

Ten Reasons Artists and Authors Should Still Get Paid in the Age of the Internet

Eva Claudia Schweitzer | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
Eva Claudia Schweitzer

We live in the age of the internet, and the age of free content. And free music. And free books. Free blogs. Free news. Why should artists, musicians, authors, and journalists be paid at all, even less so since what they produce is invisible, immaterial, and ubiquitous?

This Author Fell for a Russian Spy and (Naturally) Wrote a Book About It

Howard Polskin | Posted 12.22.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

Swenson had suspicions about the Russian woman before she vanished and he set out on a quest to discover more about her in a journey that took him to Russia. He's a writer so he did what all writers do when life throws a curve ball: he wrote about his failed romance.

Deleting Tolstoy

Carl Pettit | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Tackling Tolstoy was an emotional, as well as a financial investment. Even if you couldn't wade through the hefty prose, that beautiful hardback edition would display prominently on your oak bookshelf, right next to your edition of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.

A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Other companies have tried and failed to institute a paywall for this new way of reading news. Why are we suddenly hopeful that this model could work?

The Seven Secret E-Book Single Trends of the Summer

Howard Polskin | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

Summer is usually a sleepy time of the year for the publishing business, but there were several fascinating developments in the world of e-book singles the past three months that were either overlooked or underreported.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring

Christiana Miller | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Christiana Miller

I published Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead for a grand total of $125. Yes, my hopeful indie author, it is possible to publish a book for next to nothing.

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.