Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Anyone For Coffee and Books?

Anyone For Coffee and Books?

Coffee and books—a natural partnership? No doubt this weekend many coffee addicts and book readers will combine the two in some leisurely spent hours by the fireside, in bed, or perhaps in a local coffeehouse or restaurant. Whether the location is Tokyo, London, Paris, New York or some quiet out-of-the-way location, millions will enjoy the

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Book Country, You’ve Been Book-Tango’d!

When Pearson bought ASI (Author Solutions), the self-publishing goliath and owner of multiple self-publishing imprints like AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris and Trafford, we had the usual gnashing of teeth and countless toys tossed from cots—none more so than from the self-publishing community. Savvy authors don’t like to see their fellow brethren, however naïve, fork out money

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CreateSpace – Reviewed (Update Jan 2013)

CreateSpace is the publishing engine of global online retailer and publisher Amazon, the company everyone either wants to love or hate. Createspace began life in 2002 as CustomFlix Labs (DVD), originally intended to make widespread distribution easier for independent filmmakers by providing on-demand DVD production. In 2000, a small group of writers pooled resources to form Booksurge

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Self-Publishing Cover Design Survey and Some Wise Words

Book cover design is something we regularly discuss on The Independent Publishing Magazine, and along with a lack of professional editing, they are two fundamental areas where self-published authors often fall short. I’ve always insisted that authors should never approach self-publishing as the poor man’s take on traditional publishing. If you do fail to invest in professional editing

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The Future of Publishing 2020: A Program For Publishers and Self-Publishers (Part 1)

During the last few months of 2012, there has been a great deal of discussion among authors, as well as the wider publishing media, about the role of self-publishing within the mainstream industry. While some have reported the successes of self-published authors like Colleen Hoover, Bella Andre, and Samantha Young during 2012—and the moves by

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Will Gutenberg laugh last? | Rough Type

Have we reached the e-book plateau? “A lot of other data came out during the course of 2012 that also suggests that (a) the growth in e-book sales has slowed substantially and (b) print sales are holding up pretty well. At a conference in March, Bowker released market research showing that, even though just 20

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