Non-Traditional Publishing

Considering Accessibility

January 11th, 2007 · 9 Comments

Do you know that blind people use computers? This is not an idle question. Do you realize this? In addition to blind people, there are deaf people, people with cognitive problems, individuals with mobility problems, and, yes, people who are too vain to admit they need help reading tiny print. Normally, we would raise this […]

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How The iPhone Can Save The Book Business

January 10th, 2007 · 34 Comments

Here’s how things work: yesterday, Paramount Pictures announced they’re going to make downloads of feature films available via iTunes. In other news, Apple changed its name and announced the long-anticipated iPhone. Lightbulb, on. Bad timing, Paramount. Great news, book industry. Omigosh, you’re saying, cellphone? Books? Hello? Apples, oranges, dropped calls, excessive fees, itty bitty screens. […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing · Perennials

Did You Hear The Book About…?

January 4th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Say what you will about the New York Times, but covering the obvious is something the publication never fears. Okay, possibly a bit on the harsh side, but today’s story about audiobooks and technology shift had us giggling. A little. The gist of the story is that as more people get iPods, they turn to […]

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There Is More Than One Way To Publish Your Work

November 13th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Let’s play a Monday morning game. Read the following sentence and remove the word “travel”. Then read the sentence again: Internet technologies have created new forms of publishing that are making it possible for any wannabe travel writer to see their work in print. Fun, huh? We lie awake all night long thinking of amusements […]

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Three Easy Steps To Earning Money From Your Blog

October 9th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Last week, we link to an article with the grand plan of returning to the topic later that day. Days have a way of getting away from us. As do weeks. But we have been dwelling mentally on the subject, and woke up this morning ready to write about the all-important topic of making money […]

File Under: Back To Basics · Marketing For Introverts · Non-Traditional Publishing

Suspension Of Belief

September 4th, 2006 · 2 Comments

The current trend in the blogging community is analysis and discussion of lonelygirl15, and we are ever-indulgent of trends. Hmm, no, that is not true. The fact of the matter is that lonelygirl15 is an example of our current thought process. Hey, you said, “BS, we really want to know what goes on in your […]

File Under: Marketing For Introverts · Non-Traditional Publishing

Following Up On Unbridled’s Innovative Project

May 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments

We are very enthusiastic about the current online serialization project going on at Unbridled Books. This is a really cool, innovative project — and that more independent publishers could benefit from this model. Briefly, Unbridled is serializing Golem Song by Marc Estrin. Subscribers will be able to access new chapters of the book every week, […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing · Publishers and Editors

Stopping The Blook In Its Tracks

March 28th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Before we get started on our topic, we must clear the air. In no way, shape, or form do we support the use of the word “blook”. We demand that this word be stricken from the nation’s vocabulary immediately — think of the children! Do not let this word perpetuate. And with that, we plunge […]

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Google Book Search: Industry-Friendly, Consumer Not-So-Friendly

March 13th, 2006 · 3 Comments

It is so hard to keep up with Google Book Search news these days. Honestly, we’re sitting in a room with the dude from Google — does he mention the new revenue sharing model? That would be a big, fat “No!” Of course, as you’ll recall from our previous posts, it was a busy conversation. […]

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Backlist and Print-on-Demand: A Match Made in Heaven

March 3rd, 2006 · Comments Off on Backlist and Print-on-Demand: A Match Made in Heaven

Though we can’t be certain*, we think the British press is on schedule: one article touting the future of self-publishing per quarter. It’s almost enough to make us wonder if there’s some sort of publishing revolution happening across the Atlantic. If only we had a correspondent who spoke English. Though the article intermingles self-publishing and […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing · The Future of Publishing