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Smashwords’ Mark Coker deilvers keynote at Self-Publishing Book Expo
November 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

logoSelf-publishing isn’t going anywhere, and Smashwords’ Mark Coker recently took a look at how we got here. The Self-Publishing Book Expo was held in New York City recently with Coker giving the keynote address. Several trends have led to the explosion of self-publishing, and many of those reasons have allowed Smashwords to grow into a leading distributor of e-books. Here were Coker’s 10 trends in the self-publishing marketplace: 1. Rise of ebooks When Smashwords was incorporated in 2007, e-books accounted for one-half of one percent of the market, according to Coker. Amazon brought a lot of attention to the ebook market and it starting...

Facebook reveals the top 100 books that have stayed with users
September 12, 2014 | 10:25 am

10523932_10152689349753415_6678921836677731688_nIf you logged onto Facebook recently, you may have noticed some of your friends talking about 10 books that stayed with them in some way. They then tagged someone in turn – maybe you – to continue the list. Facebook has brought all the data together from these status updates to show what books have “stayed with” Facebook users. Facebook gathered the data from the last two weeks of August. Here are some of demographics for the people’s whose content was aggregated: The demographics of those posting were as follows: 63.7% were in the US, followed by 9.3%in India, and 6.3% in...

Big Library Read to offer up its latest book in October
September 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

AnatomyOfAMisfitThe next installment of Big Library Read will take place next month. Anatomy of a Misfit will be featured for two weeks on OverDrive, the e-book lending library app. Anatomy of a Misfit is HarperCollins book by Andrea Portes. OverDrive allows customers to check out e-books of thousands of titles. But similar to a library, the book can only be checked out if a copy is available. Big Library Read allows anyone to check out the book simultaneously from participating libraries – meaning no hold for anyone. The next Big Library Read takes places October 13-28. Big Library Read brings attention to authors and...

Twitter’s potential changes could affect author promotion
September 6, 2014 | 2:32 pm

twitterSo Twitter wants to change things. According to multiple reports (you can find here, here, and here), Twitter is more than considering changing the way users see their feeds. Exactly how is not entirely clear yet as many have looked at smaller changes such as bringing back out tweets from users you already follow or changing the  algorithm completely by curating content that they think you want to read. That sure sounds like Facebook – and one of the biggest reasons why I use Twitter way more than I use the other guys. So, hopefully, it won't go that way. But this website...

StoriesAlive features interactive titles for young children
September 3, 2014 | 2:25 pm

stories-alive-logoReading apps for children is an area that many companies have looked into expanding. The difficulty that comes in that arena is two-fold: how to keep kids interested and how to get parents to spend money. StoriesAlive is a subscription-based reading app that contains multiple children’s stories, and is consistently growing. However, what sets Stories Alive apart is the interactive element of the app that keeps children engaged in ways that every reading experience is different even when checking out the same book again and again. At BookExpo America this year, I had a chance to sit with Umesh Schukla, CEO of...

Amazon adds four new Kindle Worlds platforms
June 27, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle worlds logoKindle Worlds is expanding by adding four new platforms, Amazon announced on Thursday. Kindle Worlds allows writers to create stories based on licensed worlds. The new worlds are (based on the Amazon press release): • Barbara Freethy's The Callaways--The hit series from the best-selling Kindle Direct Publishing author of all-time on Amazon • Bella Andre's Game for Love--The sizzling series about the superstars women lust after from the New York Times best-selling author • H.M. Ward's The Arrangement--The steamy, sexy New York Times best-selling new adult romance series with over a million copies sold • Lucy Kevin's Four Weddings and a Fiasco--The sweet, contemporary romance...

Smashwords adds daily sales reports
June 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

swchartsSmashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote on his blog. “Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.” This type of information will help authors and publishers learn what marketing campaigns work best. Blog tours, discounts and or...

The Guardian names the winner of its first monthly self-published award
June 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

9146LOKgNIL._SL1500_The Guardian announced the first winner of its new monthly self-published book contest. The winner was “Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers,” a debut novel from Tom Moran. On Amazon, the book’s summary reads: “Enter the mind of Walton Cumberfield, an amateur gas and electricity meter-reader who is about to discover a cow that is independent of the space-time continuum. The debut novel by comedian and writer Tom Moran, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers is like nothing else you'll ever read - beautifully bonkers and bizarrely brilliant. It has to be read to be believed.” But that doesn’t really say a lot about the book....

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction
June 6, 2014 | 6:17 pm

afterFan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan fiction based on Twilight. Now, One Direction fan fiction has gotten attention. Simon & Schuster has signed a deal with Anna Todd for her After series, it was reported last week by Publishers Weekly. The books will start to appear in bookstores in November. Todd began writing...

Novelry looks to be the online bookstore when it comes to discoverability
June 5, 2014 | 1:39 pm

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the kind of book you want. Without a title or an author, searching by topics isn’t as easy as it should be online – not as easy browsing the shelves at a bookstore or a library. Digital start up Novelry is hoping to make that easier....

Next Big Book wins inaugural BookExpo Startup Challenge
June 1, 2014 | 1:33 am

BEA_logo_starburstNext Big Book won the BookExpo Startup Challenge at BookExpo America on Thursday. Seventeen digital startups showcased their companies in front of thousands of industry members. From there, six finalists were picked to present their companies on stage. Next Big Book won the debut challenge and a prize of $10,000. Second-place Qlovi, a digital education content platform, received $3,000. Next Big Book is a marketing analysis tool. It pulls in information from social media, web traffic, sales, trends and other data to provide information. Next Big Book will be able to tell which efforts are most effective and which need help. Next Big Book...

Target to offer ebooks through Librify
May 29, 2014 | 9:24 am

librifyTarget has announced it’s going to start offering ebooks through a partnership with Librify, according to USA Today. Even though the new service is still a few months off, the announcement of the program seems interesting. First, BookExpo America is this week, so companies tend to make their big announcements around the event. However, we can’t get away from the Amazon vs. Hachette news – and customers looking for easier ways to get their books. Partnering with Target gives Librify a big get, especially when it comes to marketing and reach. From USA Today: Librify, which started beta testing with select users in March,...