Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online. When historians come to write about the digital transformation currently engulfing the book-publishing world, they will almost certainly refer to Amanda Hocking, writer of paranormal fiction who in the past 18 months has emerged from obscurity to bestselling status entirely under her own self-published steam.
What the historians may omit to mention is the crucial role played in her rise by those furry wide-mouthed friends, the Muppets. To understand the vital Muppet connection we have to go back to April 2010. We find Hocking sitting in her tiny, sparsely furnished apartment in Austin, Minnesota. She is penniless and frustrated, having spent years fruitlessly trying to interest traditional publishers in her work. Biblioteken och e-böckerna: två modeller, lika orimliga. Walter Benjamin’s Aura: Open Bookmarks and the future eBook. I spoke earlier today at Tools of Change in Frankfurt.
The short version is that many of the things we think about ebooks are wrong: but they are very interesting. The future of the book lies in its aura not in its copies, and that’s why I’m launching Open Bookmarks. For the longer version, read on… (As ever, far more was said on stage than these notes, but there you go). 4 things: introductions and what I do; the form of the ebook; bookmarks etc.; and an announcement. Regular readers will know my history.
When I first started talking about eBooks six, seven years ago, the general attitude of the publishing industry was: No. Biblioteksbladet. Doppletext unites original text with a literary translation – available on the web or on your ereader. Ladda ner gratis böcker på bookboon.com. Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers. At the end of April, Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction publisher, and its UK sister company, Tor UK, announced that they would be eliminating digital rights management (DRM) from all of their ebooks by the summer.
It was a seismic event in the history of the publishing industry. Gör egna böcker med iBooks Author. “Why I break DRM on e-books”: A publishing exec speaks out. Calls for big-six publishers to drop DRM have increased in recent weeks, coinciding with the DOJ price-fixing lawsuit.
Many observers fear that the lawsuit will actually reduce competition in the e-book marketplace by cementing Amazon’s role as the dominant player — and they wonder whether DRM is simply another weapon in Amazon’s arsenal, keeping customers locked to the Kindle Store. Here at paidContent, independent e-bookstore Emily Books‘ Emily Gould and Ruth Curry have argued that DRM is crushing indie booksellers online. And Hachette VP, digital Maja Thomas recently described DRM as “a speedbump” that “doesn’t stop anyone from pirating.” Why smart authors are cutting Amazon out. The recent anti-trust suit against the big five book publishers reminds me of the scene in the movie Titanic where the lifeboats are pulling away from the gasping survivors in the water.
We all know what’s going to happen and it’s painful to watch. What surprises me is how little discussion there is about what happens to the authors in all of this. For sure, advances are going down. Way down. But that has been happening for a while. Publishers have no idea how drive online sales For years, as book sales moved increasingly online, the responsibility of the sale has increasingly moved to the author. Publishers have resorted to un-trackable promotion such as print ads, and television. I know this because my personal blog gets about a million views a month. This is really bad news for publishers, because I make almost as much in commission from Amazon when I sell a book I didn’t write as I would make on the sale of one of my own books after the publisher takes out their cut. It's Not About Libraries, It's About Amazon. When Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries decided to put "Buy this book" buttons on their online catalog pages (example), the response was strong.
In just 11 days, the buy buttons had garnered almost 700 clickthroughs. According to Library Director Jamie LaRue, the library is putting buy links direct to publisher-supplied urls when they are provided (often to Barnes and Noble). Of the 700 clickthroughs, 389 went to Amazon and 262 to Tattered Cover, the independent bookstore with 3 locations in the Denver area. In isolation, this data seems to be strong support for the notion that a digital presence in libraries can support sales of books. The Myth of the Bookless Library. Ten years ago, Abigail Sellen and Richard Harper published a nifty book about how and why people use paper in their workplaces.
The Myth of the Paperless Office reported ethnographic observations of people struggling to do things with computers that they were used to doing on paper; sometimes there were good reasons why paper was so persistent. The title reminded us that the “paperless office” we were promised decades ago is a joke - on us. We use more paper than ever and manage to have disorderly desktops both literally and digitally. That's a funny kind of progress. Now we have the bookless library. Digital Underclass 2: The future of books and libraries (PODCAST) Click to listen to the related podcast with Jason Perlow and Andy Woodworth (45 min.)
A year ago, I wrote an article entitled "Digital Underclass: What Happens When the Libraries Die. " The article had a wide-ranging impact on the library community, and brought in opinions from both sides of the spectrum. Welcome to Open Library. The Death of the Book has Been Greatly Exaggerated. Tech pundits recently moved up the date for the death of the book, to sometime around 2015, inspired largely by the rapid adoption of the iPad and the success of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.
Lend Me Your E-books (Part 2) Yesterday, in Part 1, Erik Christopher looked at the e-book models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Today, he considers the model offered by Overdrive and the future of lending as seen by the Open Book Alliance’s Peter Brantley. By Erik Christopher. Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1) The line between book and Internet will disappear. A few months ago I posted a tweet that said: The distinction between “the internet” & “books” is totally totally arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now. The tweet got some negative reaction. But I’m certain this shift will happen, and should happen (I won’t take bets on the timeline though). It should happen because a book properly hooked into the Internet is a far more valuable collection of information than a book not properly hooked into the Internet. Blogg og bibliotek » Blog Archive » Om å bevare ebøker. The seven secrets to ebook publishing failure.
By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords On October 2 in New York, I’m giving a talk at the Self Publishing Expo Conference titled, “The Seven Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.” While preparing the presentation, I started thinking about how it’s possible to succeed as an author yet still fail to achieve your full potential.
Every author is the CEO of their own budding publishing empire, full of unrealized potential. Decisions you make today will determine your success in the future. We all make multiple decisions every day, and some of our decisions will inevitably prove incorrect or ill-conceived. The Death of the Book has Been Greatly Exaggerated. Fixabook. Norske klassiske verk som har falt i det fri. An Optimist-Pessimist’s Guide to Avoiding Ebook Armageddon. By Heather McCormack, Book Review Editor, Library Journal (Read: A Library-Publisher Peace Accord) I’ve got a mantra I’d like to offer up to those who find me overly negative about the intersection of publishing and librarianship: my optimism is rooted in pessimism, meaning I come to workable solutions by entertaining Armageddon.
While librarians and pundits have aired their grievances about the extreme difficulties of acquiring and using ebooks, I’ve only been able to step back from their catastrophizing by contributing to it. Of course, every jagged optimist slides toward full-out “hater” status now and again. Two weeks ago, after digesting a conversation with publishing colleagues and an important study (PDF) released by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, a sinister thought arrived in my brain: Maybe publishers and libraries have entirely different aims, business versus the common good.
eBooks Belong in Public Libraries Libraries Reach More Readers Related Posts: Bokstigen. E-böcker på bibliotek blir kostsamt - Kungliga biblioteket. Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? Libraries Got Screwed by Amazon and Overdrive. The Book Cover Archive. Project Runeberg. Sony to link Readers with libraries, allow e-book borrowing - Ars Technica.
At a press event hosted by the New York Public Library, Sony put their recently announced Reader hardware on display and provided an overview of its recent announcements. But the event was more than simply a recap of past announcements. The library location provided context for a program, run through Sony's e-book store, which will allow users to identify their local public library borrow books through its site. There is also new hardware: by the holidays, Sony plans on having a 3G-enabled Reader with a tall seven-inch screen. The upcoming hardware is called the Reader Daily Edition, which implies partnerships with news outlets. However, aside from the price and 3G capabilities, almost nothing was mentioned about the device.
Barnes & Noble Adopts ePub Standard; Aligns With Adobe. LibriVox. Eiriks forfatterblogg. Why e-books will soon be obsolete (and no, it’s not just because of DRM) « Gyrovague. E-books will be obsolete within five years. Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and even the humble PDF.
Last year, I bought a laptop in Singapore, and brought it with me to Australia. It worked fine for reading the Economist online and what passes for journalism in Singapore, but one day I searched for the Sydney Morning Herald, and there were no hits: it’s as if it didn’t exist. A little poking around revealed that to be able to view Australian sites, I had to register my browser to be in Australia, which also requires a credit card with a billing address there.