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YouTube celeb Zoella shows author power of social media promotion
November 26, 2014 | 8:17 pm

UK YouTube video blogger (a.k.a. vlogger) Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) has become the poster child of near-instant social media auto-stardom - and now authorial success through the pre-sales of her book Girl Online, which as at the time of writing is Number One in the UK Amazon Best Seller charts, after "92 days in the top 100." This echoes the previous point that YouTube celebs are now becoming hot property for hungry publishers. As the author blurb describes her, Zoella "is a 24-year-old vlogger from Brighton, UK. Her beauty, fashion, and lifestyle vlogs have gained her over 5 million YouTube subscribers,...

Night Vale co-creator shares secrets of success: Love and integrity
November 17, 2014 | 6:35 pm

night-vale-logoWelcome to Night Vale has long passed the point where it needs any introduction, with the spinoff book deal just one of the many developments around the hugely popular, slightly unsettling podcast series bringing news and wackiness from America's spookiest community. Now, series co-creator Jeffrey Cranor has shared some of the secrets of his success on Boing Boing, as part of the recent series of creativity-focused guest posts commissioned by Cory Doctorow from some of his favorite creative peers. And Jeffrey Cranor's recipe for success is summarized under two heads: Integrity and love. Love in this case, or at least one...

More mutual shunning – around Night Vale and H.P. Lovecraft
June 7, 2014 | 12:18 pm

night-vale-logoAs if there weren't already enough mini-culture wars going on around certain literary genres and figures, another small one seems to be brewing up around the delightful weird/dark podcast series Welcome to Night Vale and horror great H.P. Lovecraft. The trigger was an interview that Newsarama did with Welcome to Night Vale creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, where the subject of their influences came up, including any influence from H.P. Lovecraft. "People area always assuming is a major influence, and the funny thing is that Lovecraft is not something that I’m into – in fact, I strongly dislike his work,"...

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit
March 7, 2014 | 10:24 am

After fan fiction and online writers' circles, now it's the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights to the upcoming Welcome to Night Vale novelization have been picked up by Orbit UK in what the publisher itself describes as "a heated auction last month" from "Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US," following the announcement in December 2013 that Harper Perennial...

Morning Links: 10 delicious literary beers to drink while reading
April 7, 2013 | 8:34 am

Morning LinksPodcast: No Such Thing as Used E-Book (Publishers Weekly) Why do we keep making e-books like paper books? (Gizmodo) To save indies, publishers need to reconsider DRM (Dear Author) 10 Delicious Literary Beers to Drink While Reading (Flavorwire) Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future (Salon) Kindle Daily Deals: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (and 3 others)    ...

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study
February 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children's author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt's Tim Cushing argues that, notwithstanding some of the fallacies the author is operating under, in fact, many forms of entertainment these days are indeed given away for free. And of course, many others are paid for... I decided to have a quick think about the 'entertainment' we consume in my own household. How much of it do we pay for? How...

Year-End Dishing with the eBook Ninjas
December 30, 2012 | 2:55 pm

The nice gentlemen over at eBook Ninjas invited me to appear as a guest on their year-end podcast, and since I was on vacation, I only caught the release just now. Chris and the guys recap the top stories of each month, with commentary from yours truly. If I had to pick my favorite story of the year—the theme that kept coming up for me over and over again—it would be the rise of the non-American. [caption id="attachment_76143" align="alignright" width="123"] Joshua Tallent, eBook Architects founder and eBook Ninja[/caption] Amazon has Canadian and Japanese storefronts now! Kobo establishes a development team in Dublin, Ireland!...

The Naked Book podcast covers DRM, interviews Matteo Berlucchi and Nick Harkaway
March 22, 2012 | 11:38 pm

On FutureBook, Philip Jones posts a summary of the first episode of his new podcast, The Naked Book. This episode had to do with DRM, and featured talks with people including Anobii chief executive Matteo Berlucchi (who I’ve previously covered for his presentation stating that publishers should bite the bullet and drop DRM so they stop helping Amazon build its walled garden) and author Nick Harkaway on the matter. Kobo director of merchandising Nathan Maharaj pointed out that DRM that restricts books to one particular class of device runs up against the mom problem: non-tech-savvy moms are an important...

HP to exhibit print on demand at Frankfurt Book Fair
August 24, 2011 | 9:26 am

Index From the press release: HP today announced that it will be presenting the advantages of digital book printing at its 'Digitally Printed Book Store' themed stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011(Hall 4.0, Stand 1300, 12 - 16 October 2011, Frankfurt, Germany).HP will use its Digitally Printed Book Store to simulate a retail environment at the show, displaying a wide variety of hard, soft, colour and black and white digitally printed books.Produced using publication printing technologies from HP Indigo and HP Inkjet High-speed Printing Solutions (IHPS), HP will demonstrate how publishers and publications...

Good e-Reader starts a radio show
June 8, 2011 | 10:16 am

Radio stream From the Good e-Reader blog: Welcome to the leading tech radio show with your host Markus! Twice a week i bring you the latest news on e-paper, digital publishing, ebooks, e-readers, tablets and slate computing and a whole lot more! During the shows we also give you bonus segments such as live video and always give you the best new books you should be reading every week. We give you 30 minutes per episode and we even expand your musical horizons with a great new Indy Band every episode! Don’t have time to read our articles every day? No problem, you must have a blackberry and if...

Mercedes Lackey superhero project bind-in CD available on The Fifth Imperium
March 23, 2011 | 11:50 pm

Invasion art sliceThe Fifth Imperium’s Baen CD repository has posted another CD. This one is bound into the release of the Mercedes Lackey superhero “braided world” book Invasion: The Secret World, an outgrowth of a podcast audiobook project inspired by playing and writing fanfic about the MMO City of Heroes. As with past CDs, the contents are DRM-free and free to distribute non-commercially. More than any other Baen CD, this one has personal meaning for me. I was playing City of Heroes at the same time and in the same role-playing/writing guild as Misty and all our friends, many of...