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Kobo Begins Development of Expanded Publishing Services

Kobo e-book retailer is currently developing new expanded author services for its self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life (KWL). In a posting on the KWL blog on Monday, the e-book retailer explained a new feature that had appeared for authors on their account dashboards: Many of you have noticed a new “Author Services” tab popped up in

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Kobo Begins Development of Expanded Publishing Services

Kobo e-book retailer is currently developing new expanded author services for its self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life (KWL). In a posting on the KWL blog on Monday, the e-book retailer explained a new feature that had appeared for authors on their account dashboards: Many of you have noticed a new “Author Services” tab popped up in

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Publishing Service Index: August 2015

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for August 2015. Once again IngramSpark and CreateSpace exchange places at the top spot of the index this month, but only by a whisker.   The most notable change is Lightning Source’s (LSI) continued slippage on the index and for the first time it drops outside the top five positions. It should be

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FastPencil Back in the Hands of Founder Steve Wilson

Courier Corporation, a large US book manufacturer and content management provider, has agreed a deal to sell its self-publishing service provider and writing community FastPencil back to former owner Steve Wilson. Wilson and Michael Ashley founded FastPencil in 2007, but sold it to Courier six years later for $5 million. While outwardly FastPencil has grown — providing the publishing

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How to Become a Good Writer: Must-Follow Tips – Janice Kersh | Guest Post

There’s writing and there’s good writing. The difference is as wide as the Pacific. Good writing inspires, provokes revelations and evokes laughter, tears and goosebumps. Most great writers were not born great writers. They were made great by years of practice and labor. They worked to get better at writing. If you want to improve

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How to Become a Good Writer: Must-Follow Tips – Janice Kersh | Guest Post

There’s writing and there’s good writing. The difference is as wide as the Pacific. Good writing inspires, provokes revelations and evokes laughter, tears and goosebumps. Most great writers were not born great writers. They were made great by years of practice and labor. They worked to get better at writing. If you want to improve

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Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend | Intelligence Squared Debate [VIDEO]

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a

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HarperCollins Will Close Authonomy Writing Community in September

Popular online writing community Authonomy will close in September. Traditional publisher HarperCollins launched the writing and peer-critique community in 2008 as one alternative to the infamous slush pile. Manuscript submissions were ranked by users and the best five every month were then considered for publication by HarperCollins’ editors. In a blog post on Authonomy, the publisher said

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Book Cover Twins: Why So Alike? [Infographic]

You don’t judge a book by its cover, do you? If you do, be careful: it can be deceiving. Covers can be ugly or beautiful, dull or bright, black-and-white or colorful. No one expects every cover art to become iconic like the one for Burgess’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But at least the book cover has

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Ratings/Reviews

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Publishing Service Index: August 2015

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for August 2015. Once again IngramSpark and CreateSpace exchange places at the top spot of the index this month, but only by a whisker.   The most notable change is Lightning Source’s (LSI) continued slippage on the index and for the first time it drops outside the top five positions. It should be

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