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Art, Value and Publishing
February 3, 2015 | 2:25 pm

valueIn today's Morning Links, I highlighted an interesting post from Dear Author on the subject of book prices and their relation to 'value.' It was an interesting question to me because I've just read a whole series of books on Kindle publishing which seem to take the total opposite view---they promote books not as an art form per se, but as a service. Let me explain. These books are all aimed at nonfiction authors, and their premise is that if you break up your longer book into several smaller ones, you'll have several advantages. On the business side, more books is...

Is online privacy an unreasonable expectation?
October 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

online privacyJanet at Dear Author has a well-argued opinion piece up today on the whole Kathleen Hale story---I'd actually been reading up about it before Paul covered it yesterday but I still had not formulated my response to it and was content to let another Teleread contributor beat me to the punch. Janet makes some good points that I think bear highlighting, and that sum up a lot of what my own musings were on this story. Firstly, this: "That, for example, The Guardian saw fit to publish the Hale piece, despite all of its obvious problems, is not merely baffling to me,...

Morning Roundup: More on Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author. Don’t reset all settings in iOS 8
October 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Ellora's Cave vs Dear Author Update (Dear Author) Today there was a temporary injunction hearing.  During the hearing the judge did not grant the injunction, but did request that we come back for a more thorough hearing, where we would be able to provide evidence  in our defense. *** Lee Child Responds (Joe Konrath) After sending me an email to share why he signed the Authors United petition, and spending some time engaging with people in the comments, Lee Child has continued to generously share his thoughts and has responded to some of the questions I had. *** Don't 'Reset All Settings' in iOS 8---it Erases...

Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author over ‘defamatory’ blog post
September 26, 2014 | 9:59 pm

Ellora's Cave Well, that was unexpected. The saga of Ellora’s Cave has been chronicled over the last few months, and especially over the last few weeks, on various e-book blogs I read. For example, from The Passive Voice: Ellora’s Cave The mysterious case of the missing royalty checks from Ellora’s Cave More Ellora’s Cave troubles… Cat Grant Gives Away Her Unreverted Ellora’s Cave Titles And those are just from the last week or so. Authors...

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...

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