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Has Patreon brought writer patronage into the Kickstarter era?
June 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

A new online funding platform called Patreon invites its users to "Be a Patron of the Arts" and "Support and engage with the creators you love." Targeting all forms of creativity, including scientists and educationalists as well as practitioners of the arts, Patreon offers a Kickstarter-style funding approach to "Writers & Bloggers" and "Authors," as well as their peers in other disciplines, including comics and graphic novels. "It's different from Kickstarter because it's not about one big project that requires funding," Patreon's introductory video explains. "It's more for bloggers or YouTubers, or web comics - anyone who creates on a regular...

‘Boom’ goes bust with Byliner
June 20, 2014 | 10:30 am

boomIn the New York Times, Tony Horwitz writes a cautionary tale about his travails with a small e-publisher called Byliner. a Kindle Singles publisher who’s shown up a few times in TeleRead. Horwitz had been asked by a new e-zine called The Global Mail to do a long-form work on the Keystone XL pipeline, to the tune of $15,000, plus $5,000 for expenses. So Horwitz traveled, did his research, and wrote a 40,000-word piece from the experience. As he was writing, the Global Mail informed him they had arranged a deal to co-publish with Byliner, who “thought we might...

DECA: Salvation for journalists, inspiration for authors?
June 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

ShoresJournalists worldwide are facing pressure in fees and jobs as traditional newspapers struggle under the onslaught of blogging, whistleblowing, digital media, and other threats to their business models. One solution to preserve the journalists' independence, value, and bargaining power is DECA, "a new writers' collective for longform journalism," just launched, according to GigaOM, on the model of the historic Magnum photojournalists' collective. The platform has already passed its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter, and is on course for its stretch goals before fundraising closes. According to DECA's materials, "this group of established non-fiction authors collaborates to fund, edit and market deeply-reported, 10,000...

Wikert on Kindle Singles and the size question
October 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

kindle singlesThe vexed question of that extra length has resurfaced in the blogosphere, with content industry critic Joe Wikert posting his latest evaluation of the state of Amazon's online strategy and the way the ebook ecosystem is going. And it's not hard to guess the direction of his thinking from the post's title: "Kindle Singles and the future of ebooks." [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150"] Joe Wikert[/caption] Two of his points are fairly general, and not especially about size - as well as fairly often made in other contexts. "Amazon becomes the publisher" and "Kill the competition (publishers and retailers)" are analyses - or...

Thoughts on the Obama Kindle Single Interview
August 4, 2013 | 1:43 pm

ObamaThis isn't a review of the now-legendary e-single per se; it's more along the lines of an observation about it, and the situation surrounding it. First, a few comments about the e-single: There's nothing earth shattering in it, and I wasn't expecting anything. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading what the President had to say about the economy. I thought his statistic regarding the average student debt being about $100K summed up a big part of what's wrong with the current economy. He was respectful in his criticism of his Republican adversaries, but that's been my observation of President Obama from the...

Amazon Update: Fun Friday Kindle e-books and more
August 2, 2013 | 6:31 pm

AmazonBy Moe Zilla I’ve been amazed by just how many discounts Amazon has started offering on their Kindle e-books. Right now there’s at least three different sales going on, plus at least one fascinating free e-book that just turned up in Amazon’s Kindle Store. And there was some surprising news about Amazon this week, including an article about how they’re pricing their books. Here’s some fun links to both the sales and the stories, to help you celebrate the arrival of the weekend with your Kindle! Amazon Discounts 500 More E-Books! The best discount is a surprise discount, and browsing Amazon this week I discovered a very special announcement:...

Morning Roundup: Free Obama e-single; Canada’s best-read city; and more
August 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup3 Reasons Educational Book Publishing is Booming (Digital Book World) Creative breakthroughs are happening in educational publishing like never before. Justin Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Amplify, thinks he knows why. * * * The Sun (UK) Launches Innovative Digital Paywall (Good e-Reader) What is very exciting, is how the Sun is taking a departure from the standard way news companies make money online and doing some fairly innovative things. * * * Amazon's Interview with President Obama is Now Available as a Free Kindle Single (GigaOM) Amazon’s interview with President Obama is now available free in the Kindle Store. * * * Vancouver #1 Most...

Amazon Launches Kindle Single Interviews
July 26, 2013 | 11:23 am

Kindle Single InterviewsI do like what Amazon is doing with short-form writing, and the Kindle Singles Interviews is a good addition to the Singles family. The series debuts with an interview with Shimon Peres, the President of Israel, and it'll set you back a whopping $0.99. I know: You can get entire novels for that price, but I still think this is a good idea. It had seemed like short-form reading had been going out of favor as fewer magazines devoted to them were available. It's a great niche for the e-format, however. No printing costs. Easy distribution. All the factors that have made...

Morning Roundup: UK’s anti-porn filtering being handled by Huawei
July 26, 2013 | 10:38 am

HuaweiUK's Anti-Porn Filtering Being Handled by a Chinese Company (Techdirt) Huawei, a Chinese firm, is performing the actual filtering for UK web traffic. No one knows filtering better than the originators of the Internet Great Firewall, and even though Huawei is not a state-run company, due to its nationality, there will always be questions as to its overall allegiance. * * * Amazon Reports Loss on Revenues of 15.7B; Highlights Kindle Success (GigaOM) Amazon announced Q2 earnings Thursday afternoon, delivering a loss of $7 million in a quarter when its stock hit a record high. * * * Kindle Singles Introduces the Long-Form Interview (Good e-Reader) Long-form journalism and...

How Popular Are Amazon’s Kindle Singles?
May 3, 2013 | 12:05 pm

Kindle SinglesBy Moe Zilla The New York Times ran a fascinating profile of David Blum, the editor of Amazon’s “Kindle Singles” store. But along the way, they also took a look at the whole phenomenon of Singles—and what it means for the future of books. Amazon has sold nearly 5 million Kindle singles over the last 27 months, according to the article about Blum, who tells the newspaper that “Every day I become more obsessed with how brilliant the concept is…” But it’s got me wondering just how popular the Kindle Singles really are… Blum tells the newspaper he’s now receiving more than 1,000 unsolicited manuscripts each month,...

Weekend Reading Roundup — Is book discovery only a problem for publishers?
February 16, 2013 | 9:14 am

Brown's Nautical AlmanacHere's the problem with publishers' book discovery problem (Paid Content) Why Stephen King was wrong to publish 'Guns' as a Kindle Single (NY Daily News) Amazon to Investigate Claims of Worker Intimidation at German Centers (New York  Times) Publishing is tough these days — unless you're in nautical almanacs, apparently (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deals: 'Beautiful Creatures' books for $2.99 (and 3 others)  ...

Short-Form Digital Grows at University Presses
September 19, 2012 | 11:03 am

Back in March, the Digital Digest profiled Princeton Shorts, a new short-form e-book program launched last fall by Princeton University Press. At least two more AAUP presses have launched short e-book programs this spring: Stanford, with Stanford Briefs, and North Carolina, with UNC Press E-Book Shorts. The basic idea of short-form digital is not original to university presses. Anticipating the evolving desires of e-readership, Amazon launched its Kindle Singles format in January 2011, canvassing for medium-length (5,000-30,000) word pieces ("longer than a magazine article, shorter than a book.") Publishers Weekly reports that they are selling just fine, with the top two or three Singles consistently ranking among...