Amazon just gave authors the ability to buy bulk quantities of their ebooks as a way to provide free copies to readers. Amazon hopes this will help authors better market their books through giveaways and advance reviews. However, many are not convinced. There are plenty of other, much cheaper ways for an author to get someone a copy of their ebook, and some believe this feature will only give people the ability to manipulate bestseller lists.
“How to write that book” advice is everywhere, but how to do so without completely losing it is another step entirely. Here, The Atlantic offers honest advice on dealing with procrastination and commentary on the mental burden it can bring. One of their tips might help with your next undertaking.
A case headed for the Supreme Court could change the future of copyright lawsuits. The case will decide whether someone can sue for copyright infringement the moment they submit the application for a copyright or if they have to wait until that application is accepted. Not requiring the lengthy wait would allow creators greater ability to protect their work.
A recent UK study conducted by Arts Council England found that only 1% of children’s books have a main character who is black or minority ethnic. Additionally, those that do are disproportionately focused on political issues. The director of the study called the findings “stark and shocking.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Even if you’re more interested in reach than sales, success requires effective marketing—and that requires the intense involvement of the author. Not having a well-developed author platform means missing out on one of the best ways to ensure the success of your work. Just relying on your publisher to get your name out is never enough.
Despite UK publishers’ record-breaking £5.7 billion in sales for 2017, authors’ earnings are down, and publishers are not necessarily seeing higher profits. Overpaying celebrity authors and underpaying those who write for a living is one part of the problem. Others accuse Amazon “of using its power to keep book prices artificially low, which had undermined authors’ incomes.”
It’s not just Oprah Winfrey or even your friends trying to coordinate a suitable date on a never-ending reply-all Gmail thread anymore. Book clubs are more popular than ever, with bookworms meeting up through more and more social media-based communities moderated by publishers, celebrities, popular newsletters, and even “influencers.”
While book clubs themselves are nothing new and a rather old school version of socializing, there has been a proliferation as of late for book clubs as a method for connecting with readers (a.k.a. consumers) while boost branding, whether it be for a company or personality. With some book clubs being advertised on city subways and even national TV shows, lucrative opportunities are ripe for marketers, publishers, and authors.
Ian Small, CEO of Audiobooks.com, speaks on the current success and future promise of audiobooks: “With the more recent adoption of smartwatches, smart home speakers and other connected devices, audiobooks are able to integrate with people’s lifestyles more than ever before, and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon.”
Combined print and digital book sales in the genres of science fiction and fantasy have doubled since 2010, according to data from the publishing industry analysis blog Author Earnings. This reality is going unreported, Author Earnings notes, largely because of a lack of transparency surrounding the amount of sales from nontraditional publishers.
The news, from a presentation given in May 2018 at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference, relies on new data covering 2017 book sales from a raft of different sources: NPD Pubtrack, NPD Bookscan, and Amazon ebook sales.
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An industry group is asking for signatures to a petition against newsprint tariffs it says could threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs in journalism and publishing nationwide.
Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers, or STOPP, is gearing up for a hearing before the International Trade Commission on tariffs of up to 32 percent on newsprint imported from Canada.
“Our members want to make sure decision makers understand the impact this case will have on over 600,000 jobs in the publishing and printing industries,” said Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at the Arlington, Virginia-based News Media Alliance. “These tariffs have already had a disruptive impact on the news industry with increased costs, job loss and supply issues. We are doing everything we can to make sure that local newspapers do not become extinct.”
Self-publishing an e-book is relatively quick and easy nowadays, which is why so many authors are taking that route. If you’re one of them, you might want to read this article:
Indie Authors are being Preyed Upon
This excerpt from the article will give you a good idea of what it’s about:
When it comes to publishing a digital book yourself, there are a myriad of daunting barriers. How exactly do you formulate a proper table of contents? How do you convert your book from Word to EPUB or to a Kindle friendly format? What is the industry standard for line spacing, font types or margins? What is the average cover art size for Apple iBooks, or Barnes and Noble? Aside from just writing your book, you could spend months formatting it correctly to self-publish, if you never had to do it before. Not willing to learn, or to cut corners is prompting predatory behavior from publishing companies, vanity presses and unscrupulous review companies.
As you know, the book publishing industry is still wrestling with the e-book revolution. So are those of us who write books. I found this recent Huffington Post article to be interesting: 2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions — Increased Competition… Read more2014 Book Industry Predictions
In my November 2012 post called The Brave New World of Book Publishing, I waxed nostalgic about browsing the paperback racks at the local grocery store when I was a kid. The point of that post was that more and more people… Read moreBuying Books at Your Neighborhood Drugstore