Tag: self-publishing

by Rich Bellis

Paula Hawkins’s “The Girl on the Train” is settling into its fourth week at the top of the E-book Best-Seller List, seemingly immune from the game of musical chairs other best-selling titles appear to be playing. Many of those, including “Wild,” “Gone Girl,” “American Sniper,” “Unbroken” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy — all three titles of which hit the […] more »

by Janet Asteroff

After almost a century in business, electronics stalwart RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Their well situated real estate presents an opportunity for one of the companies that put them out of business: Amazon. Sprint and the hedge fund Standard General agreed to buy 1,500 to 2,400 of RadioShack’s 4,000 company-owned stores in the United States. The […] more »

by Rich Bellis

As we speculated might happen, both of the titles in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy that debuted last week on the E-Book Best-Seller List last week have made mighty leaps up the rankings ahead of the film adaptation’s release this Valentine’s Day. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is now the No. 4 title and “Fifty Shades Freed” No. 9, while Paula […] more »

by Marcy Goldman

There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish, and even more so, features (albeit they’re dwindling) on how inferior self-published works are — just by the very fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author has the budget, foresight and professionalism to engage all manner […] more »

by Rich Bellis

The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015. “American Sniper” lands not one but two places on this week’s E-book Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Two of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency e-book pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list. Macmillan finds itself without any e-books within the Top 25 for a third week in a row, and […] more »

by Rich Bellis

On the first E-book Best-Seller List of the new year, low prices appear to carry the day. The average price of a bestseller is just $4.36, down from $5.96 the week before the holidays. Discounting meant to appeal to last-minute holiday shoppers is the likeliest reason for the sharp drop. Only a single title among this week’s top 25 has a price-tag greater […] more »

by Carla King

In 2014 it seems that both publishers and authors accepted the fact that self-publishing and traditional publishing are not mutually exclusive. Non-delusional authors sell books and build platforms concurrently with seeking an agent and a traditional deal. Today’s publishers like to see proof that the author has an audience. The “hybrid author” is more the […] more »

by Sonia Paul

At MediaShift, our sweet spot is covering the space where technology and media intersect. And what a dynamic space that is — always changing, always shifting. 2014 was no different. As we see it, here are the biggest stories and trends that shaped the media and technology industry in 2014, and will likely reverberate into […] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

It has been a year filled with more tectonic shifts for the media landscape, from the changing face of media ownership to the mounting dangers for journalists at home and abroad, from battles in the e-book world to the increasing power of mobile apps, to the game-changing social power of Facebook in how we find […] more »