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Jack Kerouac goes on the Google Maps road
February 20, 2014 | 12:35 pm

An interesting new ebook project based on pervasive modern technology just appeared - a 66-page free ebook by German student Gregor Weichbrodt entitled  On the Road for 17,527 Miles, and tracing Jack Kerouac's epic On The Road narrative - through Google Maps driving directions. "The exact and approximate spots Kerouac traveled and described are taken from the book and parsed by Google Direction Finder API," Weichbrodt explains. "The chapters match those of the original book." The result comes across more as a piece of surrealist prose or book art than an actual narrative, as you can see from the screen grab here....

Morning Links — RIP Aaron Swartz
January 13, 2013 | 8:00 am

RIP, Aaron Swartz (Boing Boing) Why Faber Voices is well worth shouting about (The Guardian) Author Services Site Lulu Moves Toward DRM-Free, But Is It What Authors Want? (Digital Book World) The best crap book covers (The Guardian) Supersizing Literacy? U.K. McDonalds Swapping Happy Meal Toys for Books (GOOD) Has the e-book bubble burst? (Los Angeles Times) How Amazon Is Trying To Create A Huge Mobile Business (Business Insider)...

Lulu.com launches new ecommerce platform
March 23, 2012 | 9:07 am

Lulu logo From the press release: Lulu.com, the leader in self-publishing, has launched a new ecommerce platform along with major site upgrades that will give authors and readers the absolute best self-publishing experience for buying and selling books in any format across the globe. Powered by leading ecommerce platform provider Elastic Path, the upgrades are designed to maximize author agility in a rapidly changing publishing industry and ensure that readers can easily buy books online anywhere in the world, including the places they already shop like Amazon.com, the iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble's NOOK Bookstore. Customers can expect an even easier to use Lulu.com with new...

Interview with Lulu CEO about their change in direction
May 10, 2011 | 9:49 am

At the World E-Reading Congress in London, paidContent's Robert Andrews interviewed Lulu CEO about the company's change in direction. ...

Easiest 3 ways to self-publish an ePUB ebook
August 30, 2010 | 9:07 am

Easiest 3 Ways to Self-Publish ePUB Ebooks   1. Smashwords Smashwords continues to kick goals in self-publishing. In an increasingly crowded market, I just don’t think you can beat Smashwords for ease of use, price (you can’t do better than free), and distribution. Fling your words to Smashwords, and you’ll quickly end up with an ebook in multiple formats, playable on all devices, and distributed to iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store. Soon they’ll be adding Amazon to the already impressive list. The website could use prettying up, but this offering is the best one-stop-shop free solution out there. Other services...

Wattpad launches marketing program for self-published authors
August 18, 2010 | 8:30 am

wattpad_logo_small.jpgFrom their press release: In the first half of 2010, Wattpad has established cross-promotional partnerships with major self-publishing houses Smashwords, Lulu and Bubok. To assist writers in connecting with readers on the site, Wattpad is launching the Self-Published Writers Program, a new marketing initiative that creates additional value for the time authors spend promoting their work online. Authors who have accounts with one of Wattpad's Self-Publishing partners will be able to gain additional exposure through Wattpad channels based on their level of interaction. Wattpad provides a platform for self-published authors to expand their online presence to a dedicated reading...

Lulu trying to turn into full service ebook store
April 15, 2010 | 7:15 am

lulu-logo.pngFrom the Lulu blog: Beginning today, you will find more than 700,000 new titles in the Lulu Marketplace, titles as diverse as Harlan Coben’s Caught from the list of New York Times bestsellers to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. This follows the addition of more than 200,000 traditionally published eBooks that we added in November. In the coming weeks, we’ll add more content through additional partnerships as we make Lulu.com the world’s premier destination for published knowledge, ideas and expression. In effect, we are creating the world’s biggest bookstore. In addition they say they are beefing up their search engine. If you...

Cleaning up ePubs to work with iBook aggregators
April 6, 2010 | 3:13 pm

Author Henry Melton has blogged about the process of getting ePubs into the iBook store through the use of third-party aggregators. Apple has contracts with Lulu, Ingram, LibreDigital, and perhaps others to serve as aggregators of small publishers and self publishers.  I've been looking at the details and the first thing that stands out is the tougher standards required for the ePub files.  You see there are ePub books that work, but there are also ePub books that pass the 1.0.5 standard validators. Only the latter need apply. Melton talks about the process...

Distribution options for iBooks; Apple does not impose pricing
April 6, 2010 | 1:57 pm

images.jpgPublishers Lunch (subscription) has a story today on distribution to the new iBooks store. Libre Digital, Ingram, Smashwords, Lulu, InGrooves, CD Baby and BiblioCore are the ways into the store. Each company has a different fee structure. Some take a percentage of revenues, some a flat fee, some an annual fee with a signup fee, etc. What is unknown, says the article, is whether Apple will direct vendor relationships with more than a small circle of publishers. They article goes on to say that the aggregators don't seem to have most favored nation clauses imposed by Apple,...

Lulu’s new ePub conversion service is not a bargain
April 6, 2010 | 10:52 am

Sighted via Twitter from Mariah Jovan: Lulu now offers conversion of manuscripts into ePub format in addition to its other electronic offerings. While more support for ePub is certainly a good thing, if you actually take a look at the rates you might vacillate between staring in disbelief and laughing yourself into an apoplexy: 250 Pages or Less  $175 251-500 Pages  $350 501-750 Pages  $495 Do you see that? They use “less” instead of “fewer”! And they call themselves a publisher! Oh yes, and their prices are...

Lulu creates releases API and opens door to developers
February 25, 2010 | 10:25 am

Screen shot 2010-02-25 at 10.25.07 AM.pngThis is a piece of news that can have a pretty wide impact in publishing. From the press release: Lulu, the open publishing pioneer, today announced that it has opened its platform to developers, giving them direct access to its publishing engine and creating new opportunity for publishing innovation. The Lulu Publication API lets individuals, publishers, businesses and other organizations create a new breed of Web application enabling on-demand publishing through Lulu, marketed under their own brand names. Using the API, a software company, for example, could instantly publish hundreds of manuals and gain worldwide distribution. Or a publisher could...

Lulu to print, sell and promote WattPad writers’ e-books
January 26, 2010 | 10:15 am

imageEdited news release…  Wattpad, the popular e-book community, has partnered with Lulu, a leader in open publishing, to provide Wattpad writers with a Wattpad branded marketplace on Lulu.com to print, sell and promote their works.   “This year the number of titles published on Wattpad will exceed that of traditional publishing as a whole,” said Allen Lau, CEO of Wattpad.  “This partnership will bring the authors of these 300,000 titles an opportunity to monetize their work.”  “The Wattpad Marketplace on Lulu.com” expands Wattpad’s offerings. It also helps Wattpad authors overcome typical sales and marketing challenges and reach...