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Books don’t just happen, someone has to take a risk | Herald Scotland

Books don’t just happen, someone has to take a risk | Herald Scotland

I came across a fascinating piece by Ian Bell in yesterday’s Herald Scotland. Bell bids a farewell to Mainstream Publishing, a Scottish publishing house founded by Bill Campbell and Peter Mackenzie in 1978. Their lives have gone into the imprint, good times and bad. Now and then the triumph was just to survive in a

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Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing | Tamblyn at FutureBook UK 2013

This is Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s Chief Operating Officer, delivering his speech at last week’s FutureBook 2013. His speech is titled “Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing”. Tamblyn reflects on a testing time for the e-book publishing platform when almost overnight all its books were removed from circulation following a news article

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The Key Book Publishing Paths 2.0 | Jane Friedman

Some TIPM readers will remember when I featured Jane Friedman’s excellent infographic on 5 Key Publishing Paths in June of this year. I wrote this article about the infographic and shared some thoughts on it. It led to some comments and discussion with Jane, here and elsewhere, and a lively and lengthy debate on how

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Guest Post: People in the Publishing Industry You Need to Be Following

The publishing industry is a tough business all around, particularly for writers. The best way to get published is to always, always be aware of the trends, influencers and happenings within the major publishing world, and social media makes that easier than ever. Here’s a selection of publishing industry insiders you need to be following on

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15 Things Traditional Publishers Might Say To Each Other About Self-Publishing Service Providers

1.  “Look, we’ve nothing to worry about. They’re all just glorified printers and author mills. We’re the real cultivators and promoters of literature.”   2.  “I mean, it’s easy to make money if you just sell services to authors and not their books.”   3.  “Martha, it’s like I said about e-books years ago. Those service

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Guest Post: How Bowker uses its U.S. ISBN monopoly to rip off new authors

An author or publisher who wants to distribute a print edition of a book in the United States will eventually have to get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) assigned to the title. ISBN records contain author, publisher, size, format, topic-related information, pricing, and other data needed by retailers, libraries, and book distribution systems. Some

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