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by Jeremy Greenfield

“Divergent” is this year’s runaway top bestselling e-book in the U.S. — but it’s not the best-selling e-book this week. (In the UK, at the London Book Fair, the buzz around HarperCollins is about why “Divergent” is selling comparatively well abroad.) The juggernaut has been stopped and sits at No. 2 on the Digital Book World [...] more »

by Ian Lamont

Late last year, my publishing company released a dud. After a string of successful releases of “In 30 Minutes” technology guides, this new title had absolutely zero e-book and sales in the first three weeks of release. None. Nada. 沒有. As a small, bootstrapped operation, my company could have written it off as an embarrassing [...] more »

by Miral Sattar

Even in today’s increasingly digital market, the old-fashioned book signing is a valuable experience — both for authors and for readers. To that end, at almost every author event, one question that always comes up is, “How do I do a signing for my digital book?” There are two nifty tools that I always recommend. [...] more »

by Jenny Shank

Craig Lancaster is an award-winning Montana-based fiction writer comfortable with the anything-goes approach of publishing today. In 2009 he self-published his first novel “600 Hours of Edward,” which the small press Riverbend later reissued, and then the book was reissued again by AmazonEncore, who also published Lancaster’s 2011 novel “The Summer Son.” Lancaster published his [...] more »

by Carla King

Ever dream of quitting your day job to become a full-time writer? Learning how to create a small business that captures, markets and sells to readers can help you get there. Here are seven resources that will help you not only understand, but implement, the business end of publishing so you can start actually making [...] more »

by Dena Levitz

Jack Conte has upwards of 160,000 subscribers to his YouTube page. Each of his uploaded music videos are viewed at least 100,000 times, which comes to a whopping million monthly views. Yet advertising revenue from his YouTube brand earns Conte a mere $50 a month, he says. Conte’s situation stands for the plight of so [...] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Maybe you’ve always had an idea for a book but were too daunted by the traditional gatekeepers of agents and publishers. Well now you can dust off the manuscript and get read to publish, because the growth of self-publishing services and social media makes it easier than ever to self-publish your book. But whether you [...] more »

by Julie Keck

  1. With Kindle MatchBook, Amazon finally bundles print and e-books (Forbes) 2. 6 things to know before you self-publish (Huffington Post) 3. Japan’s e-reader industry struggles to keep up as Amazon takes the lead (NYT) 4. Kindle Paperwhite gets an upgrade as sales of e-readers keep dropping (Huffington Post) 5. Is social reading the [...] more »

by Jeremy Greenfield

The rise of self-publishing as a viable economic model for authors has started to disrupt the book publishing business — and nobody has benefited more than so-called “hybrid authors.” Allow me to explain. In 2011, self-publishing is thought to have drained roughly $100 million in revenue from the traditional trade publishing business — a drop [...] more »

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