Tag: self-publishing

by Porter Anderson

A version of this post first appeared on the SELF-e blog. As reported by The Bookseller in London recently a new partnership, “Pressbooks Public,” will enable SELF-e — the 18-month-old service devised to offer indie e-books to U.S. library patrons — libraries to offer a suite of self-publishing tools to indie authors. Two change leaders, Mitchell […] more »

by Jenny Shank

Bowker’s most recent analysis of ISBN numbers revealed that 458,564 books were self-published in 2013, an increase of 17 percent over 2012. Occasionally an indie book breaks out of this crowded pack and achieves significant sales or acclaim, but this is still a rare occurrence, given the sheer number of titles, the variability of their […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Since time immemorial (or at least the mid-’90s), tech and media companies believed that if you rolled up hundreds of tiny hyper-local news sites it would make a boffo business. So many tried and failed, from AOL’s DigitalCities to Backfence to Microsoft Sidewalk to AOL again with Patch in the 2000s. The lesson again and […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Apple said to ask SCOTUS to review e-books case (David McCabe / The Hill) 2. E-reader ownership declines dramatically over 2014 (Ellen Duffer / Forbes) 3. Why the Amazon bookstore helps legitimize their imprints (Mike Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 4. German publisher to launch Wattpad-like subscription service in April 2016 (Nate Hoffelder / The […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

1. Should Lena Dunham and Other Self-Publishing Stars Be Feared? (Andrew Wallenstein / Variety) 2. Your Books Are Getting More Diverse, But the People Publishing Them Aren’t (Jamilah King / Mic) 3. Unusual Bedtime Picture Book a Self-Publishing Success Story (Leanne Italie / the Associated Press) 4. Are We Losing Faith in E-Books? (Michael Kozlowski […] more »

by Miral Sattar

Google. It’s the black box that no one really knows what goes on in there. However there are few things you can do to optimize your site so that you can rank higher on Google. After all, what’s the point of having a webpage if potential readers can’t find it in search? Have a Blog […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Kiva has been a star in online micro-finance for the past 10 years, and co-founder Jessica Jackley was a driving force that led to more than $744 million in micro-loans around the world, with an astounding 98% repayment rate. After leaving, Jackley went on to found the pioneering crowd-financing site for entrepreneurs, ProFounder, which was […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Mobile messaging and social media 2015 (Maeve Duggan / Pew Research Center) 2. What NBCU’s investments in BuzzFeed, Vox could mean for advertising (Jeanine Poggi / AdAge) 3. How The Skimm’s passionate readership helped its newsletter grow to 1.5mil subscribers (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 4. Huffington Post teams up with live-streaming service YouNow […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Nerdist launches collection on Inkshares (via Digital Book World) 2. Kobo developing a loyalty program called KoboLove (Mike Kozlowski / Good e-Reader) 3. Kindle Unlimited paid authors $0.0058 per page read in July (Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader) 4. Did technology kill the book or give it new life? (Pádraig Belton & Matthew […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

It’s a tale of two social titans on this week’s Mediatwits podcast. On Tuesday, select users were able to test out Twitter’s new dedicated news tab. An algorithm is used to determine which news stories are featured in the experimental feature. The tech company has struggled to attract more users lately and the “Featured News” […] more »