Tag: books

by Jenny Shank

Did you hear the one about the 7-year-old boy who opened a Wii on Christmas morning and when his parents finally checked on him, he’d played for 18 hours? Or the one about the 13-year-old girl who accidentally “butt-dialed” an old acquaintance whose number now belonged to a transsexual prostitute, who then launched a vendetta […] more »

by Jeremy Greenfield

The Digital Book World E-Book Best-Seller list tracks e-book sales ranking and price data across six major e-book retailers with the goal of providing the most accurate picture of which e-books are most often purchased by consumers and at what price point. The full methodology is available here. Big publishers dominated the list, led by Penguin Random House with […] more »

by Eric Newton

The Federal Communications Commission recently asked for public comment on its plans to streamline and increase the E-rate program for libraries and schools. Knight Foundation is helping libraries in 27 cities become digital community centers, and the Knight School at Queens University has a goal of raising the digital media literacy rate of its entire […] more »

by Carla King

Ever dream of quitting your day job to become a full-time writer? Learning how to create a small business that captures, markets and sells to readers can help you get there. Here are seven resources that will help you not only understand, but implement, the business end of publishing so you can start actually making […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Maybe you’ve always had an idea for a book but were too daunted by the traditional gatekeepers of agents and publishers. Well now you can dust off the manuscript and get read to publish, because the growth of self-publishing services and social media makes it easier than ever to self-publish your book. But whether you […] more »

by Carla King

Today’s short-run printing companies cater to self-publishers by offering easy-to-use book design templates and astoundingly quick service. Here is a review of the companies from which you can get a PDF-formatted proof, approve it, and order 1, 25, or more books. CreateSpace CreateSpace: Amazon’s print-on-demand (POD) branch, will send you 1 copy or 1,000. You […] more »

by Anna Lewis

If you are self-publishing, then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task — and you’ll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you’ve told everyone about the book. No matter how many times you’ve read through your work, it’s amazing how often errors can sneak through to the final stages. The problem: You’re […] more »

by Guy Kawasaki

Wrap your mind around this: One of the most important factors that traditional publishers use to decide whether to acquire a book is the marketing platform of its author. You’d think that the main reason for approaching a traditional publisher is to reap the benefits of the publisher’s marketing, and you wouldn’t have to bring […] more »

by Julie Keck

Daily Must Reads The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Julie Keck. 1. Social media covers President Obama’s second inauguration (Mashable) 2. “Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed” (NYT) 3. What are your friends and family reading? Keep up with BookScout (Media Decoder) […] more »

by Jenny Xie

In 2012, multimedia micro-blogging service Tumblr was the hub for not only viral memes, but also creative book deals. The blog-based book or “blook” is hardly new. Post Secret and Stuff White People Like kicked off the blog-to-book movement in the mid-2000s. Book deals for the Tumblr generation — Garfield Minus Garfield and Hipster Puppies […] more »