Tag: print-on-demand

by Julie Keck

1. Self-publishing an e-book? 4 ways to leave Amazon’s 30 percent tax behind (Forbes) 2. Amazon, Overstock race to the bottom in book price war (BuzzFeed) 3. 5 reasons social media will always sell more books (Digital Book World) 4. Kindle Singles: Growing but maintaining focus (Publishers Weekly) 5. How print-on-demand is transforming self-publishing (Forbes) […] more »

by Carla King

For over a decade I’ve been speaking at conferences about self-publishing to audiences of dejected, rejected authors. There was always a stigma associated with self-publishing, with many people considering it lower quality vanity press. But this year, new faces appeared in the crowd: agents, editors, and publishers eager to understand self-publishing. Why? Self-publishing books has […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Click here to read all the year-end roundups This revolution is going to take its time. It’s been a year of high expectations but little fulfillment for those who thought 2010 might forever change the way we read magazines. We’ve seen that disappointing uses of new tools, limited audience interest, and small initial financial returns […] more »

by Carla King

The rise of online book retailers means that self-publishers have better access to customers than ever. But many authors still want to be on bookstore shelves. The good news is that you don’t really need traditional distribution to get into bookstores. The Databases With your ISBN and bar code from Bowker in hand (read my […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

The first issue of 48 Hour Magazine, though printed on old-fashioned paper, is one of the most technologically interesting magazine projects today. The staff of 48 Hour Magazine sent off its finished “Issue Zero” to MagCloud, a print-on-demand service, at noon on May 9 after a harried two-day submission, editing and design process. Following weeks […] more »

by Carla King

In 2001, the Wild Writing Women, a San Francisco Bay Area travel writing group of which I was a member, decided to self-publish a book of stories. Why? Because none of us could find a traditional publisher for what we thought was our best writing. We had skilled publishing professionals among us, so we never […] more »

by Susan Currie Sivek

Publishing a magazine independently used to mean spending a lot of money ordering hundreds or thousands of printed copies, and then hoarding the unsold inventory in dusty boxes in your garage for the next decade. The new pioneers in on-demand magazine publishing hope to save aspiring publishers from this expensive and cluttered fate. Online services […] more »

by Mark Glaser

This is one in an occasional series on MediaShift where I discuss issues in-depth with thought leaders in online media. If you have suggestions for future Q&As, or want to participate yourself, drop me a line via the Feedback Form. Profile Harold Evans Age: 81 Hometown and Current Location: Manchester, England; New York Online Persona: […] more »

by Michael Josefowicz

Point your phone at a printed page. Take a picture. Get taken to a website. That’s the power of QR codes, codes embedded in print that can link cell phones to specific websites. They’ve been doing this for years in Japan, and now they are starting to do it in Europe. Sooner or later it […] more »

by Mike Rosen-Molina

In past posts, we’ve looked at some of the questions a new writer should keep in mind when considering whether to self-publish her opus. But let’s say that an author has made up her mind that pushing ahead without a traditional publisher is the way to go. With the rise of new print-on-demand (POD) technology, […] more »