Thursday, 31 May 2012


The Independent Publishing Magazine | Short Hiatus


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The Independent Magazine will be on a short hiatus for about the next five days as we are currently in the process of relocating. We will hopefully resume normal service next Wednesday/Thursday. 

Sunday, 27 May 2012


The Writers' Workshop UK Survey On Experiences of Professional Writers in The Industry


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Following on from my last post; here is a survey from the perspective of authors you won't have to pay to see the results of. The survey was conducted by The Writers' Workshop (UK) for professional writers and presented under the banner title - Do You Love Your Publisher? You can find the full results of the survey here, and you can read The Writers' Workshop announcement here. Over the coming days I'll take a closer look and try to extract some conclusions.
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Thursday, 24 May 2012


Self-Publishing Report: The Taleist Survey - Not a Gold Rush


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Self-Publishing Report: The Taleist Survey - Not a Gold Rush:

The Self-Publishing survey conducted by Taleist is now complete and available, though I won't pretend I'm not a little disappointed Taleist has chosen to release the details of the survey in a closed/purchase option via an ebook on Amazon. I appreciate the work Steven Lewis and Dave Cornford have invested in this. But after all, this was meant to be an independent and respected survey and not a vehicle to sell ebooks. However if you want to 'purchase' the results of the survey, the ebook is available on Amazon.

Here is Taleist contributor, Dave Cornford:



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Wednesday, 23 May 2012


John Oakes of Or Books on Disintermediation


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I'm currently researching a piece at the moment on control, disruption and discoverability in the publishing world, so I was certainly interested to come upon this piece by John Oakes of Or Books on Amazon and disintermediation which appeared late last week on Publishers Weekly. I'm all for large publishers embracing the digital revolution  in-house as well as developing external partnerships – to deal with the evolving demand for content and connection, but I've long argued that community needs to be the fundamental driver of the revolution. Whether you are Random House, Graywolf Press or Buffalo Creek Press –  that connection with community begins with your readers and authors. The process, platform and provider should not become your sole community. If it does, then you've missed the whole point of disintermediation. What we need is an industry that preserves the values of what a publisher should be; thereby bringing publisher closer to author, and publisher closer to reader.

Disintermediation should not be seen solely as a method of cost-cutting in the supply chain, but a way of reestablishing and acknowledging the customer within your community

For now, more from John Oakes of Or Books writing in Publishers Weekly:


"Yet Amazon, which has so neatly disintermediated physical bookstores and intimidated publishers, may carry within itself the formula for its own destruction. The one great service it provides is a comfortingly familiar Web site, a Web site that just a few years ago was unknown. And despite all its cash, its forays into publishing seem doomed, thanks to the hatred it engenders among rival stores and sites; it is likely that the fate of its publishing efforts will mirror that of Barnes & Noble’s. What is it selling? Its ability to sell. What if publishers were to sell e-books and print books direct, straight to consumers—and consumers were to get used to the idea of buying direct? Suddenly one can imagine Amazon becoming an anachronism, joining the lengthy list of publishing’s dying or extinct species."
"At OR Books, which specializes in nonreturnable, prepaid sales straight to the consumer, we’ve found that, with some effort and increasing success, it’s possible to persuade readers to sidestep the still-young tradition of heading straight to Amazon for purchases. Such a prospect needn’t spell disaster for physical stores, either. Counterintuitively, our growing experience with direct sales has led us to re-examine our bookstore connections."

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Finalists Announced For Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012


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The six finalists in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award have been announced today. The three general fiction and three young adult fiction authors and listed below with the two overall winners in each category to be announced on June 16th.

Alan Averill
Alan Averill, The Beautiful Land

Charles Kelly
Charles Kelly, Grace Humiston and the Vanishing

Brian Reeves
Brian Reeves, A Chant of Love and Lamentation


Cassandra Griffin
Cassandra Griffin, Dreamcatchers


Cara Bertrand
Rebecca Phillips, Out of Nowhere

Regina Sirois
Regina Sirois, On Little Wings


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The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 competition will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.






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Thursday, 17 May 2012


Amazon launches CreateSpace in Europe | The Bookseller


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Amazon launches CreateSpace in Europe | The Bookseller


"Amazon has launched its CreateSpace today (17th May) in Europe, which means that authors who self-publish in the UK can have their books accessed in European countries and the US.
Amazon’s CreateSpace platform, which has been running in the US since 2007, will now allow self-published authors to distribute their work though Amazon sites in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and America."

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012


The Future of Publishing 2020: The Push And The Pull


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This is the first of a series of articles on The Future of Publishing 2020.


I've been preparing this article for a while on the future of self-publishing 2020. One thing I have learned is that predicting the future based on current practices and trends is a precarious business. The publishing industry – as a community and business – is undergoing an utter sea change in methodology and ideology not seen since Gutenberg’s first print press. When I speak of the publishing industry as a community – I include publishers, agents, authors, printers, guilds and associations, as well as readers in this community.

Monday, 14 May 2012


Deidre Knight Book Agents Have Become Marketers | Digital Book World


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Monday, 7 May 2012


Chip Kidd on Cover Design at TED


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Random House book designer, Chip Kidd, offers some advice on the process drawing on his many years in the book industry and producing book covers for authors like Michael Crichton and Haruki Murakami. This video part of the TED presentation talks.
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Saturday, 5 May 2012


Google Argues for Dismissal of Authors’ Book-Scan Lawsuit - Bloomberg


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Google Argues for Dismissal of Authors’ Book-Scan Lawsuit - Bloomberg:

"Google Inc. (GOOG) asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an organization representing authors over the search- engine company’s digital scanning of millions of books, saying the group can’t represent the owners of the books’ copyrights.

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan heard arguments today on motions by Google to deny the authors the right to proceed as a class and to dismiss the organization’s case. Chin last year rejected a $125 million settlement between the two sides and the parties have been unable to reach a new agreement.

“It would be a terrible burden on the court if each individual author was forced to litigate,” Joanne Zack, a lawyer for the Authors Guild, told the judge. “A class action is superior.”"

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