The meteoric rise of Amazon into a global retail empire has hit a number of industries hard, but perhaps none more so than the publishing industry. Along with the dramatic shift in producing books, obviously Amazon, other online retailers, and even the invention of the ebook had a huge impact on booksellers. Sadly, it … [Read more...] about Indie Bookshops Are Back from the Brink
If you haven't borrowed an ebook from your local public library, it's time to catch up with the trend. For those readers who have borrowed an ebook, especially in the past year, you're part of a record-setting number of digital adoptees who are accessing new content and keeping their local communities supported with … [Read more...] about 2018 Set New Records for Library eBook Lending
"According to the survey, literary authors suffered the largest decline in income (down 15% over the last four years) they received from book publishing, followed by authors of general nonfiction, whose income from books declined by 8%. Roughly 25% of all published authors surveyed earned no money at all … [Read more...] about Authors Don’t Make As Much Money, AG Report Finds
It might seem like common sense: reading makes you smarter. But it's actually a lot more complicated than that. Studies have proven not just the fact that the information contained within books can make readers into more knowledgeable, well-rounded learners, but rather that the active process of reading can alter the … [Read more...] about Reading Is Good For Your Brain…Who Knew?
In a victory for indie authors, the founder and CEO of vanity press Tate Publishing and his son who worked with him have been sentenced to a total of about twenty years in prison for taking money from authors for services they never provided. The jail sentences for a variety of charges have been suspended, meaning … [Read more...] about Tate Publishing Crooks Receive 20 Years, Nearly $1M in Restitution
Just in time for holiday gift giving, Goodreads has released its list of the best books of 2018. What makes this list any better than others just like it? This one is actually voted on by the readers themselves. Rather than relying on high-brow review outlets or marketing campaigns bankrolled by larger publishers, … [Read more...] about Goodreads Announces the Best Books of 2018
In every corner of the art world, there are salacious tales of petty arguments, long-held feuds, squabbles and fiascos. Whether it's actors who vow never to work together again or singers with a spotlight-sized axe to grind, it not only doesn't surprise the public anymore, it actually makes for good media … [Read more...] about Authors, It’s Time to Grow Up
The digital publishing revolution is so old that a great many reading consumers might not be able to envision a time when they couldn't simply pop online to order a book, download a new title from their favorite author, or use an app or PDF for supplemental book material. eBooks and digital publishing have simply … [Read more...] about The Biggest Scam in Publishing?
There's little doubt that Amazon has changed everything about publishing. It's not just a matter of opening the doors for indie authors, producing a viable e-reader device and then creating a platform for content to fill it, or leveraging the power of enhanced searchability to give authors potential visibility. Amazon … [Read more...] about Where Would We Be Without Amazon? Buying Books on Smashwords
A couple of weeks ago, prolific author, advocate, and self-pub expert David Gaughran published a blog piece on a disturbing phenomenon: international customers were having trouble buying titles that had been published via KDP. The post had over 100 comments in the first twenty-four hours, largely from authors who … [Read more...] about Amazon Claims to Resolve “Disappearing” eBooks Issue
Self-published authors whose works are distributed via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing platform may have noticed a couple of beauty-wise changes to their author dashboards. A new report dashboard, currently in beta, gives the muddled old dashboard a much-needed facelift.However, other than being more eye-catching … [Read more...] about KDP Launches New Reports Dashboard in Beta
Bowker, the international clearing house for ISBN numbers, has announced a breach of its MyIdentifiers.com website which resulted in theft of payment card information. This theft resulted in an alarming pattern of fraudulent transactions on the cards that Bowker customers had used to order their ISBNs.The number of … [Read more...] about Bowker Announces Data Breach of Self-Pubbed Authors’ Credit Cards