Other posts by a TeleBlog Contributor
Self-publishing, E-books, and Legitimacy: Part 1
September 16, 2009 | 10:51 am
Editor's Note: Luke Bergeron is a contributor to TeleRead and has given me permission to reprint his 5-part series which is currently appearing on his blog mispeled. Future installments will follow during the next four days. Paul Biba Once upon a time I had my sights set on a Creative Writing teaching job. I thought it was what I wanted to do, but over the years my views have changed. However, all this thinking about e-books lately has gotten me thinking about it again, not about applying, but about the applications themselves. That’s where this multipart article started, although...
Ebooks and ereaders: More interactivity is needed
August 22, 2009 | 12:52 pm
Editor's Note: This post is by author Luke Bergeron and is from his blog mispeled. It is reprinted with his permission. - Paul Biba So, I’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek lately, specifically Deep Space 9. I don’t know why, but I’ve been powering through the seasons at a decent rate – 2 or 3 episodes a night. I’ve been enjoying it – I love that Star Trek always makes me excited to experience technology that doesn’t exist yet. I don’t mean the far out stuff like warp drives and transporters, but the little stuff that doesn’t...
The pros and cons of ads in e-books: Time to try it the right way, says writer Luke Bergeron
August 18, 2009 | 9:15 am
Editor's note: We love to run thoughtful e-book-related essays from authors. Publishers, PR people, pundits, press---we hear from them all, but not the authors they’re talking about. This post is by an author, Luke Bergeron, who writes mispeled, where it first appeared in a somewhat different form. – Paul Biba. I’m a writer---at least, I like to fancy myself as one. My first novella, Neither a Borrower, is on Scribd.com. I posted it there for free because no one buys novellas and I’m still learning how to write, so charging for it didn’t seem right. Neither a Borrower is...
App-onomics: How to succeed in publishing as it faces its Napster—by Al Katkowsky
June 26, 2009 | 5:20 pm
Editor's Note: In May we published an article about Al Katkowsky and how he successfully promoted his self-published work, turned it into an Iphone app and ended up giving a presentation at one of the New York Apple Stores. Well, I asked Al to write us an article about how he achieved this success and he agreed! The article follows. Thanks, Al! Paul Book Event at The Apple Store? Seriously, what's going on here? I tell everyone that my book, Question Of The Day, is an activity in book form. So when the idea was...
E-books and ISBNs, by Brian Green, Executive Director, International ISBN Agency
June 4, 2009 | 9:24 am
Editor's note: Brian submitted this article to me and was unsure as to whether he should actually submit it as a comment to Elizabeth Burton's article. I thought the subject important enough that it deserved its own place as a separate article. Many thanks to both Elizabeth and Brian for their contributions on this issue. PB E-books and ISBNs I would like to clear up some misapprehensions in Elizabeth Burton’s contribution on ISBNs for e-books. ISBN is a voluntary standard First, let me emphasise that ISBN is an ISO standard and, like all ISO standards, is voluntary with no legal compulsion...
Wattpad releases global metrics report
June 2, 2009 | 9:41 am
Amazon and Synergy = Kindle
May 27, 2009 | 1:14 pm
Editor’s Note: Yesterday I took a comment by Felix Torres and posted it on the front page because I thought it was really important. After I did that I emailed Felix and asked if he would be willing to write an extended version of his comment for us. Well he did, and this is the result. It is, IMHO, the best post we've had this year, and I bet it will take that number one slot for the full year as well. The title, above, is from his email to me. Thanks, Felix. PB One of the things that most folks...
Will Kindle crash Nielsen BookScan?
May 21, 2009 | 12:03 pm
Editor's note: here is a very interesting article by Steve Weber, which is reprinted, with his permission, from his website, Weber Books. One of the nice things about this gig is that I learn so much new and interesting stuff. Thanks, Steve! PB Quick, how many copies of your books sold this month? Most authors know their Amazon Sales Ranks, but few can tell you how many books have sold, and where. Amazon's ranks are the poor man's Nielsen BookScan, they reveal the rate at which a title sells relative to competitors. But if you want real, hard numbers...
Is it worth it? Ruminations of an e-book self-publisher by Steve Jordan
March 13, 2009 | 1:45 pm
Editor’s note: I received an essay by e-mail from Steve Jordan, author and TeleRead contributor, who, by the way, will be posting it eventually in a different form on his Web site. Thanks, Steve! - Paul Biba. I’ve just released my latest novel, The Lens, into the wild as an e-book, making my count of self-published novels an even dozen. And as I have on previous occasions, I find myself asking, “Do I feel that all the work I put in---all the trouble of creating a story, preparing it for availability, putting it online, monitoring and...
How Read an E-Book Week improved my sales and popularity, and got me a new job!
February 22, 2009 | 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: Here is the first article by a new TeleRead contributor, author Steve Jordan. You can find his bio here. I met Steve at the TOC Conference and after I heard his story, over lunch, I badgered him into writing it up for us. Hopefully it will be the first contribution of many to come: I know, I know, the title sounds like a 1965-era deodorant commercial. But in point of fact, Rita Toews, the founder of Read an E-Book Week, has done a great service to everyone who hopes to see the market for e-books grow...
TeleRead audio interview: Smashwords encouraging self-pubbed writers to go POD as well as E
February 14, 2009 | 2:27 pm
Smashwords has worked out an affiliate relationship with Wordclay, a print on demand company, to encourage writers to appear on paper as well as in ePub and other electronic formats. Mark Coker briefly discussed this during an audio interview with TeleRead Co-Editor Paul Biba during Tools of Change. "Authors should publish in print," Mark said---since e-book revenues are just a fraction of those from paper books. Electronically, Smashwords books are available not only directly but also through new arrangements under which you can download them within the Stanza program for the iPhone. In the interview...
Why I Won’t Buy an E-Book Reader This Year
December 20, 2008 | 1:50 pm
Personally, after looking into the issues of conflicting e-book formats, how people use e-books and costs, here are some things I've concluded. 1. With all the conflicting formats, the key thing is that there's no consistency in formatting and in fact, you lose the nice formatting of a book. Blah! Why do I want that? I like the precision of a nicely formatted book – after all, it's taken us hundreds of years to get to the point where these books look so good – why throw that away? Instead, there's a simple solution: pdf formats. Almost every e-book...
Freebies of full-length books in Stanza—from Random House: Alan Furst, Charlie Huston, other brand names offered
December 8, 2008 | 10:48 am
This news release from Lexcycle should be of strong interest to iPhone and Touch owners. Download the free books while you can! - D.R. New York, NY - December 8, 2008 -- The Random House Publishing Group and Lexcycle, Inc., jointly announced today that Random House and Ballantine will be the first major book publishers to make full-length books available for free on iPhone through Lexcycle Stanza, the most popular electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. This promotion will allow over 500,000 Stanza users to enjoy free eBooks from a varied list of authors including...
The Golden Notebook Project: An experiment in close reading
October 31, 2008 | 5:54 am
Bob Stein, founder of the The Institute for the Future of the Book, shared the information below. Best of luck to the Institute with the project! On November 10th, The Institute kicks off an experiment in close reading. Seven women, ranging from young novelists to publishing executive Harriet Rubin, will read Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook and carry on a conversation in the margins. The idea for the project arose out of my experience re-reading the novel in the summer of 2007 just before Lessing won the Nobel Prize for literature. The Golden...
‘DRM in your library? Consider this…’
October 30, 2008 | 10:51 am
10th anniversary of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act: Can the good guys overturn it?
October 29, 2008 | 11:41 pm
If the gurus are right, Americans voters are about to tell Washington next month: "Enough pimping for special interests!" So here's a question. Can this apply to copyright laws, such as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, a bipartisan outrage that Bill Clinton signed into law in 1998? The Act extended the period that Mickey Mouse's copyright was protected. Corporations like Disney loved it. But thanks to Bono, you can't read The Great Gatsby and many other classics for free on the Net. Will the late F. Scott Fitzgerald be that much more creative because the act stretched...
Oprah and the Kindle: Two perspectives
October 27, 2008 | 1:49 pm
"...only by eliminating DRM and making e-books cross platform compatible will the e-book really benefit from the Oprah push. An Amazon with monopolistic control over e-books will be bad for the industry and bad for the readers." - Dear Author. "I guess we'll soon find out whether Winfrey is the Kindle's golden goose. If Amazon begins spilling the beans on Kindle sales---and it has the perfect opportunity to rattle off how many units it moved over the weekend or wait a few more days to give us the first week of the Winfrey bump---you'll know it's a winner." -...