Non-Traditional Publishing

Two Great Ideas For The Kindle

November 26th, 2007 · 12 Comments

Last week’s reception for Amazon’s Kindle was, to put it kindly, rough. I admit it: I was expecting something more exciting. Something more egalitarian. Something I could put on my Amazon Wishlist. Good thing I’m an eternal optimist. I really do think a good e-reader is important to the world, and here are two reasons […]

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Online Content: The Importance of Ownership

November 6th, 2007 · Comments Off on Online Content: The Importance of Ownership

Some of your are thinking, “Why is she so obsessed with this strike?” Others, I hope, are seeing the appropriate parallels between what is happening with the Hollywood writers and you. Authors are surely noting that these writers are fighting for better compensation. Publishers are seeing that, as with music, creative talent has leverage. It […]

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Tip Jars and Serialization: Looking To Music for New Ideas

October 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Nothing like the first Monday after a lovely vacation to get the creative juices flowing. Hmm, that is so not true. The Monday after a lovely vacation is spent contemplating the possibility of the permanent vacation. Why, oh why, must we work to eat? Shouldn’t life be free? It’s all about the mailing list. Alas, […]

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eBook Customers: Less Testosterone Than You Think

October 22nd, 2007 · 9 Comments

[BS: The BS team is taking a well-deserved rest cure, but that doesn’t stop the fun around here (nothing stops the fun around here). We asked Malle Valik of Harlequin to discuss her company’s recent decision to release their full frontlist in ebook format. More specifically, we asked her to address the question of “who […]

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Traditional Publisher, Self-Publisher Form Venture: Not All Authors Benefit

September 24th, 2007 · 5 Comments

It is not a surprise that traditional entertainment companies are turning to the Internet to find new talent. In fact, the surprise would be if they weren’t. Not only is the web a great place to showcase talent, but it also gives editors, agents, producers, whomever the opportunity to observe fan reaction. Self-publisher works for […]

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Print-on-Demand, Self-Publishing, and the World of Economics: A Podcast

September 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments

One of the great features of the Booksquare/Medialoper complex is the awesome production studio. It’s not unusual for the team (cats, humans, squirrels, random strangers) to go straight from the conference facilities to the microphone to talk about the big ideas of our era. Luckily for you, cooler heads often prevail the next morning. Except […]

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Apple Saves The Publishing Industry

September 5th, 2007 · 9 Comments

So, yeah, you’re thinking that the Apple announcements yesterday were interesting. You’re thinking, wow, I didn’t want to spend a month’s worth of book money on a phone, but, hey, they lowered the price. Or maybe you’re thinking you didn’t need a new phone. But everyone can use an iPod. Especially since iPods are now […]

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It’s Not The Book, It’s The Front

April 28th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Books are funny things. You’d think, after centuries of printing and selling them, industry professionals would understand how the business works. They would get that buzz doesn’t necessarily translate to sales — especially when that buzz is inherently incestuous in nature — and that the buying public is completely overwhelmed by choice. Publishers need to […]

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Essay Question: Thinking About Mobile Media

April 13th, 2007 · 7 Comments

During this incredibly busy week, we have come to rely on the magical powers of our cell phone more than ever. So much so that we had a panicky dream where the cute little thing was broken and required major surgery. Not a happy time sleeping. We’ve also been talking to friends about the wonders […]

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The Bad Harry Potter Decision

February 6th, 2007 · 4 Comments

It is all the rage to write about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And there is, indeed, so much to write. The release date, the title, the potential for spoilers to ruin a perfectly nice. And then there’s the fact that the book won’t be released as an electronic edition. None of […]

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