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The Publishing Paradigm Shift: Why Big Publishing Acquisitions Hurt Publishers, Not Authors

Brooke Warner | Posted 06.26.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

This week, the Big Five just got bigger with the announcement that Hachette Book Group (the fourth largest U.S. publisher) is acquiring Perseus Books Group (the sixth largest U.S. publisher) in a deal that will close next month.

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.25.2014 | 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.

A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing

Jennie Goutet | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Jennie Goutet

This is an abridged version of my Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. For the more complete version, click here.

Is Self-Publishing Killing Books? My Journey With After the Sucker Punch Answers the Question

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Do I think self-publishing is killing books? In a word, NO. In fact, not only do I believe self-publishing isn't killing books, I believe it's actually enlivened the marketplace, bringing a fresh, less structured, less filtered, more open life to the entire literary industry.

One Thing You Shouldn't Put at the Front of Your Ebook

David Kudler | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Kudler

Those are the BEST sellers -- books that, in print, often carry multiple blurb pages. So I'll stand by my conviction regarding the needlessness of blurb pages in the front of ebooks.

6 Great File Formats to Submit to Ebook Designers (And 2 Awful Ones)

David Kudler | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So you've decided to have an ebook designer convert your book into ePub (iBooks/Nook/Kobo) and mobi (Kindle) formats. Great! What formats are best to send?

What is an Independent Publisher?

David Kudler | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
David Kudler

So, I was astonished earlier this month to find myself elected president of BAIPA — the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You may cal...

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

As an indie author since 2010 (and author consultant since 2011), I've watched indies break down stigma barriers ('vanity publishing' is a term rarely...

Interview With Jonathan Blum, Author of Last Word

Teddy Wayne | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Teddy Wayne

Jonathan Blum is the author of a new novella, Last Word. I spoke with Blum about the form of the novella, humor in fiction, and small presses.

3 Ways Indie Authors Can Use Social Media to Attract Readers

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Good news: according to Goodreads, the largest online book recommendation website, roughly 6 million books are discovered on the site per month. Now the bad news: The burden of discovery remains completely on self-published authors.

Interview With 2013 Acker Award Winner for Fiction, Rami Shamir

Lisa Chau | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.

Spreadsheets to Galleys: How to Budget Your Self-published Book

David Kudler | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Making those decisions in a vacuum is never a good idea -- it's too easy to waste time when you should have spent money or throw away money when a little time and effort would have done far more good. Hopefully this has helped you to approach these decisions a bit better prepared.

Paperback Distribution: Createspace vs. Lightning Source

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 05.06.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

While some services overlap, each company has its strengths and weaknesses. Which is preferable depends largely on the needs and objectives of the author. The information here should help you decide which service would be better for you.

10 Surefire Ways to Succeed in Publishing

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 11.17.2012 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

t's funny how authors often think that being an author doesn't require an investment. Hey, you wrote the book and that should be enough, right? Decide on your investment and then ask yourself: How much money am I willing to lose? Yes, I said lose.

Price-Fixing Is Bad for Both Readers and Authors

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

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.

Why Aren't Indie Books In Bookstores?

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Books

Written by Terri Giuliano for Indiereader.com Just a few years ago, readers paid little attention to books published by independent (indie) authors...

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish, Part II

Hillary Rettig | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

It's a golden age for writers and entrepreneurs and all other seekers and dreamers. Get out there and live it -- the indie way.

Why You (Yes You!) Should Indie Publish

Hillary Rettig | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Hillary Rettig

For many authors, the decision to indie publish is a no-brainer. Sure, it's work, but it's interesting work, and you have a shot at fair compensation for your efforts.

Exclusive Interview with Paul Ruffin of Texas Review Press: A Texas Indie Press Playing for National Attention

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.07.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton--these are the names that instinctively come to mind when university presses are mentioned. But hold on--there's something brewing in Huntsville, Texas, too.

The Future Of Writing And Reading In The Digital Age

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.24.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I've been intrigued by Richard Eoin Nash since the time he ran the indie press Soft Skull Press in the 2000s. His new enterprise is Red Lemonade/Cursor, a reader/participant-oriented publishing venture hoping to take full advantage of the social potential of new media.

Indie Publisher Goes Hybrid

The New York Observer | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books

Indie publisher Melville House announced today that it is publishing what it’s calling HybridBooks, “an innovative publishing program that gives p...

5 Best Summer Indie Beach Reads

Amy Edelman | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books
Amy Edelman

Let's face it. You can pretty much predict what everyone else at the beach will be reading this summer.

In Cuba, The Voice Of A Blogging Generation

nytimes.com | LARRY ROHTER | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books

Like any other first-time author, Yoani Sánchez was looking forward to receiving copies of her book, “Cuba Libre,” after it was published last ye...

Independence Day! 20 Best Books From Indie Presses You Should Know About

Anis Shivani | Posted 09.01.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We hope this discussion of the country's leading-edge indie presses gives you a sense of the present state of literature and social commentary, and that you will support these presses--along with your favorite indie booksellers--to keep the literary enterprise free and democratic.

25 Overlooked Political Books Of 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?