Tag: smashwords

by Julie Keck

1. Readers gravitate away from free e-books (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 2. Amazon tells authors 100% royalty offer was ‘sincere’ (The Bookseller) 3. Social media marketing, for novelists, is relationship building (Beth Bacon / Digital Book World) 4. Is selling books directly to your audience worth it? (Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly) 5. Survey [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The effectiveness of free e-books is declining, according to Smashwords (Dianna Dilworth / GalleyCat) 2. MyPublishingAssistant lets authors streamline blog-to-book, e-books (Mercy Pilkington / Good e-Reader) 3. The bestselling books of 2014 (so far) (Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly) 4. Crowdfunding for books: Pentian’s self-publishing model expands to U.S. (Beth Bacon / Digital Book [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Book boss Jane Friedman talks tech, e-books and why content still rules (Steven Bertoni / Forbes) 2. Why translated e-books are no longer foreign to publishers (James Bridle / Guardian) 3. UK rules e-books aren’t books as far as taxation is concerned (Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader) 4. OverDrive and Smashwords ink deal to [...] 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. E Ink records a quarterly profit as e-reader sales increase (Michael Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 2. The photobook format is up for grabs (Pete Brooks / Wired) 3. E-books continue surge at Hatchette, driving revenues increase (Digital Book World) 4. Bowker: Smashwords in the top producer of e-books (Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader) 5. [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Barnes and Noble’s annual meeting: “Look, no one is happy with Nook” (GigaOm) 2. Smashwords launches series manager (Good E-Reader) 3. New all-time low average price for best-selling e-books (Digital Book World) 4. A hybrid author on self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (Publishing Perspectives) 5. Booktrack adds customized playlists to e-books (Mashable)   Get our [...] 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 Miral Sattar

In addition to the writing and the marketing and promotion of a book, self-published authors even have to get as nitty gritty as pricing the book. A lot of authors come to me asking how they should price their self-published titles to optimize sales. Some self-publishing critics say that the books that do sell well [...] more »

by Carla King

There are many ways to sell your self-published print books and e-books, and the associated fees and royalties vary wildly. The highest margins come when you sell from your own online store. You can employ an e-book aggregator/distributor, or upload the e-books yourself to each online retailer. Don’t forget to get into the new (for [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Which publishers are the best at selling e-books? (Forbes) 2. E-book anxieties increase as publishing revolution rolls on (Guardian) 3. Self-published e-books are Nos. 1 and 2 best-sellers, average price drops to all-time low (Digital Book World) 4. HarperCollins debuts enhanced e-book info site (Publishers Weekly) 5. A little competition for Smashwords? (Good E-Reader) [...] more »