Tag: self-publishing

by Jeremy Greenfield

The top seven e-book bestsellers this week are from Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publisher and its largest producer of bestselling books. Nearly half of the top 25 bestselling e-books are Penguin Random House. Gayle Forman’s “If I Stay” held the No. 1 spot for a fifth straight week after it dethroned John Green’s “The [...] more »

by Jeremy Greenfield

With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s probably safe to say that this summer belonged to Penguin Random House, at least when it comes to the season’s bestselling e-books. Just after John Green’s hit “The Fault in Our Stars” ended its 12-week run at the top of the E-book Bestseller List (and to be fair, it’s still selling briskly [...] more »

by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t [...] 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 Julie Keck

1. Pay for play: The ethics of paying for YouTuber coverage (Mike Rose / Gamasutra) 2. Amazon: A friendly giant as long as it’s fed (David Streitfeld / New York Times) 3. Robots are invading the news business, and it’s great for journalists (Kevin Roose / New York Magazine) 4. Surprise Snapchat experiment shares stories [...] more »

by Miral Sattar

I don’t know when or why I started doing it, but every time I go to a conference I almost always do a minority report and grade the diversity of the attendants that the conference brings in my head. Perhaps it’s because I’m not just a woman, but a woman of color, usually a minority group [...] more »

by Miral Sattar

After a fantastic BEA (Book Expo America), I’ve been digesting the whole Amazon/Hachette battle. I’ve basically come to the conclusion that it’s an incredible time to be a self-published author. The first thing that surprised me is that so much has been misreported about the Amazon/Hachette battle. Amazon and Hachette are negotiating their contract terms, [...] more »

by Hannah Schmidt

Coauthored by Meredith Turk At the Missouri School of Journalism, students are guinea pigs for new innovations, products and processes that are breaking ground in the news and digital spheres. Ten students in Jim Flink‘s Emerging Technologies class had firsthand experience using a curation news application during a live event, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Much at stake in Amazon-HBG fight (Publishers Weekly) 2. Oyster tops half a million titles, looks to get social (Harrison Weber / VentureBeat) 3. The fight to save endangered e-books (Adi Robertson / The Verge) 4. Should self-publishing authors hire editors, producers and cover designers? (Dana Beth Weinberg / Digital Book World) 5. Why [...] more »

by Carla King

Blurb has long been known for its focus on high-quality, full-color, print-on-demand books, and it also has arguably the easiest-to-use DIY tools for building color books. These two features have long attracted authors despite the prohibitively high cost of color POD. But before the release of new features and services in April, I could only [...] more »