United Kingdom bookstore WHSmith made waves last week about suspending all self-published eBooks. The company decided that it was better to not carry them at all, then try and weed out the good from the bad. Today on the Good e-Reader Radio Show, Michael Kozlowski and Mercy Pilkington discuss the right to self-publish and the bookstores responsibilities.
This is a great show if you are an indie author, publisher or agent. The landscape of self-published eBooks is poised to undergo a tremendous shift as Kobo is setting the standard of offering bookstores who deal with them the ability to “turn off” self-published books. Is this the great call? Is Amazon and Barnes and Noble doing enough to upgrade their meta data and search engine results so only relevant searches pop up? Should they make a “Safe Search” program that parents can opt into so Erotica does not show up? We discuss everything in today’s show.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.