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Kobo Suspend Distribution of All Self-Published Titles

Kobo Suspend Distribution of All Self-Published Titles

Following on from our TIPM Weekly Brief this morning, Kobo, an e-book distributor, has taken the decision to suspend the distribution of all self-published titles from its catalogue. It is understood that this decision only involves its UK online bookstore, and the decision follows a previous move to remove books loaded from the Digital2Draft e-book

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Barnes & Noble Relaunch PubIt as Nook Press with a Little Help from Fastpencil

Barnes & Noble has announced the rebranding of PubIt, its DIY self-publishing platform for authors wanting to publish their books on the Nook. The new platform will be called Nook Press and will have additional features in partnership with another self-publishing provider, Fastpencil. Nook Press still looks more like a rebranding than any real kind

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European Self-Publishing Providers Need to Look Beyond Localisation

 Publishing Perspectives this morning reports that German self-publishing platform, epubli, has expanded into the UK and English-speaking market. Epubli was originally founded in 2008 and is owned by the giant Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. The self-publishing platform allows works on a similar model to Lulu, Blurb and CreateSpace, only taking a share in author profits when a book

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Self Publishing Podcast #45 – The Death of Free Book Promotion on Big Blogs?

One of the biggest discussions in self-publishing this week has been the changes Amazon has made to its affiliate program and qualifying criteria for paying a commission to third-party websites advertising free books on Amazon. The recent changes may have a knock-on implication for self-publishing authors opting into the KDP Select program. Johnny B. Traunt

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The Meatgrinder and eBook Publishing

Mark Coker, the CEO and founder of Smashwords, calls it The Meatgrinder. So much so, he happily—and rightly—refers to Smashwords’ file-crunching e-book conversion application by the same name. It may be the bane of many self-published authors frustrations and late nights, but Coker never meant the process of loading a book file to an online

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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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Blurb Launch Magazine and Brochure Services

Image via CrunchBase Self-publishing platform Blurb has launched two new services for authors and businesses, Blurb Magazine and Blurb Brochure. The services will be available via Adobe InDesign plug-in and offer both print-on-demand and e-book formats. The services will eventually be available using Blurb’s publishing tools, but the initial launch is intended to target businesses and photographic

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Lost in Translation: Fifty Shades Gets the Chinese Snip | Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

The Chinese book market is embracing foreign language titles from the USA, UK and Japan at a growing rate. Currently, 4% of all new titles in China are translations. The figures were revealed following yesterday’s 26th International Rights Directors’ Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012. Wuping Zhao, Vice President of the Shanghai Translation Publishing House, spoke about the strength

Dutch Publisher A.W. Bruna | The Story Nobody Tells by Timo Boezeman | FutureBook

Timo Boezeman of Dutch publishing house, A. W. Bruna, tells us the story of what a modern publisher does over on FutureBook. “That we are experiencing turbulent times in the book world, is common knowledge to us all. The financial crisis, digitisation of our titles, foreign companies entering our markets and the growing trend of

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