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Oyster to Shutter Operations by 2016

Oyster to Shutter Operations by 2016

Oyster, a leading e-book subscription service launched in 2012, has announced it is to ‘sunset’ its operations by 2016. The company communicated the news in a blog post yesterday and said it will begin contacting account holders over the coming weeks. As we continue on, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of ebooks

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It’s All About SELF-e

Earlier this month Porter Anderson guest posted over on Jane Friedman’s website about an opportunity and program for authors to gain access into the library market in the USA. The program was originally launched by BiblioBoard in conjunction with Library Journal. It’s called SELF-e and it offers indie authors the chance to place e-books in front of

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Draft2Digital Adds Oyster Subscription Service to Its Distribution Channels

Digital distributor and self-publishing service provider Draft2Digital has added Oyster to its distribution channels. Oyster is a growing e-book subscription service with more than one million titles in its library. Draft2Digital itself has shown substantial growth in the e-book services and distribution market  over the past year considering it is up against competitors like Smashwords and Bookbaby.

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Smashwords Introduces Assetless Preorders

Self-publishing platform Smashwords has introduced what it calls ‘Assetless Preorders’ for e-books. While the platform has allowed authors and small press publishers a preorder feature for nearly two years, it required the load up of finalised e-book files. Smashwords founder Mark Coker revealed in a blog post last week that fewer than 10% of e-books released on

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New EU VAT Law Hurting Self-Published Authors

This week the Guardian UK highlighted the effects of a new European Union (EU) law which was introduced in January this year across all 28-member states. The law addresses VAT paid on e-books and other digital services (including broadcasting and telecommunications). Up until last year VAT rates on digital services and products were applied according to the VAT rate in the country where the

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10 Essential Rules for E-Publishing – Haley Osborne | Guest Post

In these days of having technology no more than an arm’s length away, more and more books are finding their way into people’s pockets, purses and briefcases. Entire anthologies and series are often hidden away and pulled from nowhere on public transportation and coffee shops, like novice magic tricks. The key to being read now

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