The writer who made millions by self-publishing

The writer who made millions by self-publishing online
The Guardian
Amazon would give her 30% of all royalties for the 99-cent books, rising to 70% for the $2.99 editions – a much greater proportion than the traditional 10 or 15% thatpublishing houses award their authors. You don't have to be much of a mathematician ...

The Guardian

Amazon Boosts Payouts To Kindle Direct Publishing Authors
Amazon announced today that the library has over 75000 books, and that they have increased the fund pool total from $500000 to $700000. For those authors who rank in the top tier of borrowedbooks, those numbers can be sweet. ...

The way ahead for publishing
The Guardian
Ebook sales grew to around 7% of the general books market, with WHS Kobo and Apple emerging alongside the dominant Kindle, which had a major Christmas. Agents set up publishing endeavors, publishers created successful apps and writers published ...

The Guardian

Publishing: How Jack McClelland's country vanished
Toronto Star
Jack McClelland became a visionary nationalist as a result of a business strategy, which was to salvage his family's publishing business even after it lost lucrative deals for Canadian rights to US and British books. Intoxicated with the idea that ...

Ebooks and apps innovation exciting publishers despite price concerns
The Guardian (blog)
The evolution of books into interactive, digital products is far from over, according to Henry Volans, head of digital publishing at Faber & Faber. Speaking at the Independent Publishers Guild's Digital Quarterly meeting in London, Volans said there is ...

The Guardian (blog)

Amazon announces it`s ready to accept e-books in new KF8 format
( -- Amazon has announced that it is now ready to allow publishers to submit e-books to its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site in what it is calling Kindle Format 8 (KF8). Doing so will allow publishers to add richer looking content to ...

Modern Winnie the Pooh books strewn with errors and Americanisms
Linda Weeks, a mother and librarian, said to have noticed the errors creeping into the new editions of the Pooh books with Eeyore once quoted as saying, "I've gotten all spruced up for spring". In another adventure, the donkey talks about being ...

Ebooks and School Libraries
American Libraries
... many of the books can be secured with unlimited, simultaneous-access rights. Publishers are also working to enrich their ebooks to better meet the new Common Core State Standards. For example, enhanced social studies ebooks from Rosen Publishing ...

E-Books Outsell Print For Majority Of Titles On USA Today Bestseller List
I broke down the lists to see which books sold more copies in each format. The list, for January 2 through 8, is here and the paper attributes the surge to e-readers received as gifts. For the previous week, from December 26 through January 1, e-books ...

Graphic Books Best Sellers and the Return of 'The Unwritten'
New York Times (blog)
By GEORGE GENE GUSTINES The manga list is in flux this week, with seven newcomers. They include regulars on the list, like the latest volume of “Naruto,” about the ninja in training, which lands at No. 1. The other series involve battles (“Yu-Gi-Oh GX ...

New York Times (blog)

My Berlin Airlift
New York Times
Self-published book properties began outnumbering, if not outselling, their trade equivalents by the mid-2000s, a situation further convoluted when the conglomerates started “publishing” “self-published books.” Last year, Penguin became the first major ...

The Tournament of Books! Brackets for lit lovers
New York Daily News (blog)
So you can imagine how much I relish the annual nerd-version of the NCAA tournament: The Morning News' brilliant Tournament of Books, which picks 16 of the best books published in 2011 and pits them against each other, March Madness-style. ...

Glass half empty: 6 books for the darkest days of the year
He is sarcastic and misanthropic, and often resorts to violence as he comes of age with alcohol, women, and a serious attitude in Depression-era Los Angeles. Jennifer Worick is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 books and apublishing ...

Quelle surprise: Free e-books at Amazon are popular!
CNET (blog)
The company said that Kindle owners borrowed 295000 Kindle Direct PublishingSelect titles last month alone. Amazon had $500000 in its December fund to compensate authors for the free rentals, and said that the writers earned $1.70 per borrow. ...

CNET (blog)

Books every Green Bay Packers fan should read Milwaukee
The stacks at the Reader's Loft are full of books about Green Bay's history and culture, so of course, there's an entire section devoted to the Green Bay Packers. "Books by and about these people are held to a pretty high standard here," Craig Jones ...

The authors of the book "Two Centuries of Black Louisville" are among the ...
Louisville Courier-Journal
The authors are J. Blaine Hudson, Ken Clay and Mervin Aubespin. Other award recipients will include attorney Steve Porter, who worked to save the historic Whiskey Row buildings on West Main Street; the West Main Street Revitalization investment group, ...

Judging diet books by their covers
ABC Action News
Apparently not, if you're in the business of publishing diet books. My desk is in danger of collapsing under the weight of the latest releases. How, I wonder, does the aspiring diet author distinguish herself or himself in this competitive field? ...

ABC Action News

About Books: Story of black golfer is told in new children's book
Canton Repository
N. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds will benefit the Clearview Legacy Foundation. Those attending also will have the opportunity to meet professional golfer Renee Powell, William Powell's daughter, who now operates Clearview. ...

Books shine light on black history
When I taught fifth grade, one of my favorite lessons was a unit I did on American inventors. I tried to get kids to see that everything we use was created by someone, usually in steps. This is Black History Month. Therefore, I was doubly excited to ...

McDonald's To Put Kids' Books in Happy Meals
According to England's National Literacy Trust, for a limited time the world's most popular fast-food chain McDonald's will be exchanging its famous Happy Meal toys forbooks at all of its UK locations. Starting today until February 7th, ...


Books-A-Million Customers Raise More Than $100000 for Salvation Army
MarketWatch (press release)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Books-A-Million, Inc. (nasdaq/nm:BAMM) today announced that it has collected more than $100000 in donations from customers during its annual holiday campaign. 100% of the money donated will go to the ...

A Publisher's Perspective on Ebooks | American Libraries Magazine
By Beverly Goldberg
An e-reader could store hundreds of books and run for hours on a single charge, all without use of a computer. Paired with the vast book, newspaper, and ... Some publishers, notably Wiley, Random House, and HarperCollins, were already selling ebooks and experimenting with the creation of other types of digital content. However, as consumer adoption remained scant ... In that short time, the business of publishing has changed irrevocably. Ebook sales represented just 1% of major ...
American Libraries Magazine -...

Do We Still Need Books?
By Dodai Stewart
... and while measuring walls to see if my bookcase will fit, I have asked myself a terrifying question: In this day and age, with the internet and Kindles and Nooks and iPads and ebooks, do I still need a bookcase? Do we still need books?

Laudator Temporis Acti: Back to Books
By Michael Gilleland
Back to Books. Ralph Waldo Emerson, May-Day, lines 35-57: When late I walked, in earlier days, All was stiff and stark; Knee-deep snows choked all the ways, In the sky no spark; Firm-braced I sought my ancient woods, Struggling through the ...
Laudator Temporis Acti

Amazon Kindle Users 'Borrowing' 300000 E-Books Per Month
By James Johnson
With the large number of books now available Amazon says customers borrowed nearly 300000 copies (295000 reported) from the KDP Select library in December. With the fund sitting at $500000 in December authors earned $1.70 per ...
The Inquisitr

Flavorwire » 10 Books We Would Give Blue Ivy Carter
By Emily Temple
Exactly which books are contained within? We may never know. Since we try to follow Oprah's lead in all parts of our lives, we got to thinking about what books we would give little Blue for a life as American royalty. With those genes she's got, ...

Nabokov Reads Lolita, Names the Great Books of the 20th Century ...
By Dan Colman
I've been perplexed and amused by fabricated notions about so-called “great books.” That, for instance, Mann's asinine Death in Venice, or Pasternak's melodramatic, vilely written Doctor Zhivago, or Faulkner's corncobby chronicles can be ...
Open Culture

Some Great Books from 2011 « TalentedApps
By Mark Bennett
Here are some great books from last year that helped me think about Social Business, Business Strategy, Leadership, and how the way we think affects our ability to succeed with them. If you haven't read them yet, you might want to check them out. Strategy. The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy by Paul Leinwand and Cesare R. Mainardi. I read this early in the year after reading the authors' Strategy+Business article, “Do You Have the Right to Win? ...

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