Tag: scribd

by Julie Keck

1. French watchdog accuses Scribd of e-book piracy (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 2. Book publishers sweep YouTube for a new wave of authors (Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg & Rolfe Winkler / The Wall Street Journal) 3. ALA confronts Adobe on e-book data gathering (Digital Book World) 4. Is e-reading to your toddler story time, or […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. App markets may be the savior of e-readers (Mike Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 2. Write nonfiction? Can’t command mega-advances? Think about self-publishing (William D. O’Neil / The Digital Reader) 3. The next wave of tech change: Self-publishing & libraries (James LaRue / Library Journal) 4. 5 lessons in publishing success from Bella Andre (Jane […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Amazon: E-book prices are ‘unjustifiably high’ (Jacob Shamsian / Entertainment Weekly) 2. 4 things I learned from writing on an emerging mobile story platform (Kathryn Stanley / JaneFriedman.com) 3. Why self-published authors are in the Amazon-Hachette fight (Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World) 4. Scribd debuts new browsing platform (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) […] more »

by Carla King

Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited e-book reader subscription program caused a real commotion in the publishing industry last month. But how will this “Netflix for books” model affect the self-publishing industry? Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster programs instead? How do you get in? Read on for a comparison […] more »

by Carla King

The advancement in self-publishing tools and technology is a lot to keep up with, so here’s a roundup of the news that I think mattered most to self-publishers in 2013 and will continue to shape the industry this year. 1. Ingram Spark Gives Amazon CreateSpace a Run for Its Money Ingram Content Group finally launched […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Columbia University’s piracy.lab explores the online world of digital piracy (Sarah Laskow / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. Steven King tops e-book best-seller list at discount as prices decrease (Jeremy Greenfield / Digital Book World) 3. Scribd, HarperCollins launch $8.99 subscription book service (Austin Carr / Fast Company) 4. Opinion: E-books price people out of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Is the government shutting down? Quartz will tell you (and drive a little traffic in the process) (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 2. Publishers, AOL partner on subscription service (Mike Rondon / Folio) 3. The limits of Twitter’s TV pitch (Jack Marshall / Digiday) 4. Phony web traffic tricks digital ads (Christopher S. Stewart […] 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 Carla King

For authors and publishers already overwhelmed, last week’s news about the Google eBooks store and Amazon’s Kindle for web only added to the waterfall of controversy pouring into an already raging river of e-book and publishing hype. The big takeaway from these two announcements, and a recent “Books in Browsers” event that I attended, is […] more »

by Carla King

Metadata used to be a wallflower, hiding out at the library with the Dewey Decimal system. Now it’s at every party, flitting about gathering and sorting books on mobile devices, e-readers, and websites. Metadata is a core component of digital information and news; so good book metadata is good book marketing. It’s an essential tool […] more »