Author Archives: Mick Rooney

POD Publisher’s Poll-Final 4 days

Just a last reminder that the POD Publishers poll, which has been running on the site for the past two months, enters its final four days for casting a vote. If you have not already voted, then vote this weekend. At the moment, IUniverse and Lulu are taking more than 40% of the overall pole.

Paulo Coelho’s Experiment in Film-Making

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is conducting an interesting experiment in film-making on his My Space website at the moment. Coelho decided to make his first feature length film using short original film and music soundtrack submissions to his website. The film is based on his most recently published work ‘The Witch of Portobello’. From June

Amazon/Hachette Livre Dispute

Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world, is in dispute with Amazon UK regarding contractual terms. Amazon UK have sanctioned some of Hachette’s lead titles by removing the ‘buy new’ buttons and promotional leaders from their online retail site. Authors affected by Amazon’s sanctions on the Hachette Group titles include, Stephen King, James

Academy by Mick Rooney – June 2008

I began writing Academy around 1992, at a time when we had witnessed the collapse of the Berlin wall, and the map of Europe was steadily changing. New political tyrants and despots emerged in the final decade of the twentieth century who very quickly reminded of us of previous troubled scars. My intention was never

Booklocker Moves on Amazon.com

The stakes in the current Amazon/Booksurge and POD Publisher situation appear to have taken a further development on Tuesday on this week. As you will be aware Amazon announced last month that it was requiring POD Publishers to use its own in-company POD printer Booksurge, or face losing the ‘first party’ Amazon ‘buy buttons’ on

Amazon/Booksurge – Washington State Attorney General-Update

As a follow up to the previous post on the initial statement issued by Washington Attorney General’s office, it would seem some conclusions have been reached. Here is the link to the original posting from last week. http://mickrooney.blogspot.com/2008/04/amazonbooksurge-washington-state.html The Attorney General say they have looked at the current circumstances surrounding Amazon’s moves to make POD

Adventures with Lulu

In my previous article posting below, I discussed the reasons why I chose Lulu to publish my book, Academy. http://mickrooney.blogspot.com/2008/04/adventures-with-pod-publishing.html In this article, I would like to discuss and record what I discovered at Lulu. initially, Lulu’s homepage, with its bright orange graphics, strikes the visitor as casual and unassuming. ‘Publish’, ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ banners

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