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Dear Author Reviews eBook Subscription Services
July 29, 2014 | 2:32 pm

dear author logoDear Author has posted a really useful and comprehensive review of Kindle Unlimited, Scribd and Oyster---the three main eBook subscription services. They look at not just the title selection, but also the usability of the apps and the overall user experience. I was heartened to see that Scribd, the only choice available internationally, took top marks from them. Scribd has both traditionally published and self-published titles, allows up to 20 borrows at a time, and has an elegant and nicely produced user interface. There were a few in-progress improvements called for, but overall, it surpassed the more limited catalogue at Oyster...

Are self-published e-books a ‘market for lemons,’ or is it just sour grapes?
March 3, 2014 | 4:52 am

The idea of the e-book market as a market for lemons has once again popped up, this time in a post by Sunita on Dear Author. I covered e-books-as-lemons last July when Baldur Bjarnason at Studio Tendra brought it up, though I kind of went way off-track in nitpicking the differences between e-books and cars in that one. I’m better now, really! To review, the idea of a market for lemons is that, when consumers have no way of telling at the outset whether an item is good or bad, the bad items drive the good out of the...

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report
February 17, 2014 | 6:10 pm

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a lot of blowback in the last couple of weeks as everyone and their uncle has attacked the data set for not being comprehensive. Howey has some interesting things to say, to be sure. Across 7,000 titles, Howey noticed that those from Big Five publishers tend to have the lowest average star rating, but the highest average...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 2, 2012 | 10:50 am

Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty {and} On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer * * *        ...

Dear Author reviews the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
June 8, 2012 | 9:50 am

GL box 150x150 Here's a snippet.  Full review is here. I just received a review unit from B&N and hope to have a review up sometime next week. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight™ (hereinafter the Nook GL) is the first e-ink reader with a built-in light since the Sony 700. The Sony was a great idea, poorly executed. Since then those of us who read in bed or in other places with low light have had to make do with clip-on lights, lights with built-in covers, or bright lamps that annoy the people around us. I’ve tried all of the above, in many...

New e-book sales models bookstores should try
April 29, 2012 | 3:15 pm

One of the things heralded by the Department of Justice settlement is that it might allow book/e-book sellers to experiment with new ways of selling or packaging their products. Jane Litte at Dear Author writes about three possible experimental models she would like to see bookstores and publishers try out. One model is adding different types of subscription offerings, like’s monthly audiobook memberships. If publishers with extensive backlists offered subscription pricing for older books, it could lead to selling more of their new books. She also proposes selling “best of” bundles, in which part or all of a...

Getting eBooks from Calibre to Your Device Using Send to Device and the Connect/Share Functions.
January 23, 2012 | 9:09 am

Send to DeviceDear Author has a great tutorial for Calibre users.  Here's a snippet: Intro Now that you have your Calibre database set up just the way you like it, you need to figure out how to get the books from your computer to your device.  You can use the tethered or the over the air (untethered) method. Tethered Tethered means to physically attach your device to your computer using the USB cord.  Calibre recognizes almost every mainstream device from the Kobo, Sony, nook, Kindle, Cybook, and the iOS devices. Send to Device Once you plugin the device, you should see a “Send to Device” icon on the...

Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte
June 6, 2011 | 9:44 am

reading appsI know a number of people received the iPad for gifts this year, either for Christmas or some other event. I’ve got a list of my favorite apps that I think no iPad should be without. Most of them are free. 1-3. Reading Apps (all Free) Nook App – download this ONLY if you are a BN reader otherwise for ePubs, use … Bluefire App – this is the...

Why DRM Won’t Be Abandoned Soon | Dear Author, by Jane Litte
May 22, 2011 | 10:02 am

Screen shot 2011 05 22 at 10 01 24 AM Why DRM Won’t Be Abandoned Soon | Dear Author: "I know that there have been people hopeful that DRM would soon fade away, but it won’t and here is why. 1. Growth. Most trade publishers have a vested interest in making ebook adoption difficult. Their profit structure is built on a paper book business and they have not yet determined the optimal business system that would allow them to consistently earn a similar profit under a digital dominant environment. Slowing the growth of ebooks is in their best interests. 2. Control. Writing up the article about Amazon and Google’s move into the...

Digital book subscriptions, by Jane Litte
April 27, 2011 | 10:08 am

Screen shot 2011 04 27 at 10 06 09 AM Ebooks have come a long way since 2009. Ebook readers are substantially less expensive. There are purportedly 40 million digital readers out in the wild not counting the apps that are downloaded to iThing and Android devices constantly. Amazon and Barnes and Noble are selling more digital books than paper books. The rise of self published books priced at $.99 are causing some in publishing to believe that the low priced entrants are causing downward pressure on prices. Because of piracy concerns, many publishers are locking down their books with DRM and only licensing the books to readers for a...

Authors, readers and discoverability in the new age of publishing, by Jane Litte
February 22, 2011 | 11:15 am

We are now in a period of disintermediation which essentially means the number of entities in the supply chain between the content creator and the customer have been reduced.  The reason for this is because the supply channel has become incredibly efficient and cost effective.  If you can type up a book in Word, you can publish it digitally on platforms like Kindle and Smashwords. The challenge authors face right now is this: Contracts are being signed right now that extend 2-3 years out (and maybe longer). The digital reading market...

Dear Author looks at the new Bluefire Reader app
October 12, 2010 | 10:29 am

Screen shot 2010-10-12 at 10.24.22 AM.pngDear Author has taken a close look at the new Bluefire Reader - and likes what they see: I wanted to let all the iOS users (iPad, iTouch, iPhone, etc) of the awesome new app called Bluefire Reader. What’s so awesome about this? You can read any standard encrypted ePub and PDF using Bluefire on an iOS device. I was able to get my Harlequin Books, NetGalley Arcs, Sony books all on the iPhone and iPad and read them WITHOUT STRIPPING THE DRM. ... So my friends who have spent years buying PDFs and ePubs, this is the App for...