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Book Printing 101: Everything you need to know about book trimming – Lori McKnight | Guest Post

Book Printing 101: Everything you need to know about book trimming – Lori McKnight | Guest Post

Are you a self-publisher or writer investigating book printing options? Here are some things to consider when designing and printing your next book.   One size doesn’t fit all Books like people come in different shapes and sizes. From the smallest pocket-sized handbooks to beautiful table top collections, the size, cover and weight of your

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Troubador Publishing Roll out the Festival Bookshop

For self-publishing authors, it’s the selling of their books that often proves to be hardest. Many self-publishing companies offer simple print ‘on demand’ distribution through online retailers; a few others offer distribution through ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers. But selling books to readers in a market that is increasingly competitive and dominated by the major publishers

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Damning with Quaint Praise: The Five-Star Descent of Book Criticism into a Children’s Sports Day for Adults – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

Understatement is British. It is ours inherently. It is our nature to describe abject misery as ‘a little bit of a bother’. We can denounce Tony Blair as ‘a tad disingenuous’, Susan Boyle as ‘no oil painting’, and damn eternally someone we despise as ‘not exactly charming’. Ironic litotes is our Excalibur. That is why

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The Radiance of Banality: Predatory Publishers in the UK (Part One) – Henry Coburn | Guest Post

A gonzo voyage through the ferocious realm of predatory ‘hybrid’ publishers and their mutant product.   It is difficult, and probably unnecessary, to describe the existential panic that descends on you once you are cast loose from university to fend for yourself in the adult world. In my case, the general misery that descends with

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Radio Espial: Publishing, Self-Publishing and Technology with Jeremy Thompson (Troubador and Matador) [VIDEO]

Jeremy Thompson of Troubador and Matador Publishing joined presenter Mick Rooney on Radio Espial to discuss all things publishing, self-publishing, digital publishing and technology.

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Common Publishing Legal Issues and How to Avoid Them – Annabelle Short | Guest Post

A business of all types – e-commerce companies, biotech, marketing, and software businesses – each have their own unique history put in place by their founder’s visions and principles. And as unique as their history, each company will also encounter their own legal battles. However, this might be more so the case for publishing companies

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Kobo Launches Audio Bookstore

Kobo today announced the launch of its audio bookstore and subscription plans. The new venture is powered by Overdrive. Press Release: Rakuten Kobo today uncovers another dimension of storytelling, adding audiobooks to the Kobo experience and offering booklovers the opportunity to experience the joy of being told a story. Readers can choose audiobooks from across

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How Long Should My Book Be? We Analyzed 272 #1 Bestsellers to Find Out – Tucker Max | Guest Post

A lot has been written in recent years about the average readers’ shrinking attention span. We all know that the non-stop news cycle and round-the-clock social media have sped up our consumption habits. But do these same habits translate to books? We decided to find out. We gathered a list of every New York Times

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London Book Fair 2017: Quantum17 Voices [Video]

Here are some short videos of attendees and speakers sharing their thoughts on the publishing industry at today’s Quantum Conference, part of this year’s London Book Fair. The Quantum programme was refined for 2017 with a renewed focus on consumers, audiences, partnerships, actionable insights and inspiration.

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Purpose-led by Design – Max du Bois | Guest Post

Publishers’ brands are under attack from all sides. The tectonic shifts the sector is undergoing have been brought on by a combination of increased competition, mainly in the form of consolidations balanced at the other end of the spectrum by nimble pop up publishers, and digital disruption. Now more than ever, publishers need to focus

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