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Rebirth of Amazing Stories

Rebirth of Amazing Stories

With a publication history stretching back nearly a century, Amazing Stories has set many landmarks—high and low. As the first science fiction magazine on the market, Amazing Stories served as a proving ground for many writers who would later become luminaries in the...

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Ownership of eBooks

Ownership of eBooks

You might own your lawn mower, National Geographic collection, and silverware, but ebooks that you purchase from many sources—that’s not the case.

Sinking Piracy. But is DRM Your Best Option?

Sinking Piracy. But is DRM Your Best Option?

At first glance, the proposition seems simple enough. You work hard to write and produce your ebook and, quite reasonably, you expect to be rewarded for your efforts. Common sense dictates that you should take precautions to protect your work. And nowhere does this...

Practical Advice for the Heretical Minded

In his blog on Huffington Post, author and publisher David Kudler offered some heretical advice for would-be indie authors, extracted from an interview done for Inkspokes. The first is that self-publishing doesn't mean that you have do everything yourself -- or that...

Is Immersion Reading a Gimmick or a Worthwhile Feature?

Is Immersion Reading a Gimmick or a Worthwhile Feature?

The term immersive has become a vaunted catch phrase, an adjective that has been applied to a dizzying range of nouns. To cite just a few samples, you have immersive television, immersive multimedia, immersive encounters, immersive experiences, immersive environments,...


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Forging a Link Between Writing and Money

Forging a Link Between Writing and Money

This interview by Anne Hill with Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin explores the tenuous and elusive link between money and writing, as well as the birth of a new magazine, SCRATCH, that serves to demystify the methods for getting paid for your writing efforts. Some...

Charlottesville Writers Explore ePublishing

Charlottesville Writers Explore ePublishing

The path to writing success—even the definition of writing success—has been permanently altered, as discussed in this article highlighting the writing scene and shifting opportunities in Charlottesville, VA, a city that has attracted a fair share of literary...

EYI: The 7k Report on Author Earnings

EYI: The 7k Report on Author Earnings

Hugh Howey at describes an innovative data mining study to determine whether it is in an indie-author's financial interest to self-publish. The 7k Report ePublish Yourself Intelligence Hugh Howey reports the following: The major booksellers provide...

EYI: Top 25 Ebook Bestsellers

Jeremy Greenfield at Digital Book World lists the top 25 ebook bestsellers, this week dominated by Veronica Roth with the Divergent Series. HarperCollins Continues Dominance of Top of Ebook Best-Seller List ePublish Yourself Intelligence The top 10 books (see the...

A New Source of Revenue for Indie Authors?

A New Source of Revenue for Indie Authors?

(Photo credit: Fréderic) There has been a bit of chatter among authors surrounding Amazon's new Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows Amazon Prime members to borrow up to one book a month for free with no due dates. Much of the controversy revolves around...

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The author's all that matters now -- the author and the reader. Everybody in the middle is in a period of redefinition.

-- Literary agent Jason Ashlock speaking to PBS Mediashift


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An article in the Wall Street Journal in July of this year proclaimed that audiobooks have become the fastest-growing format in the book world. The Audio Publisher Association pointed to sales increases of 21 percent in the U.S. and Canada between 2014 and 2015. (July 2016)

As detailed in an article on The Digital Reader, Scribd has shut down their unlimited subscription service as of March 2016. Instead, readers get access to three ebooks and one audiobook per month, selected from choices in a catalog of bestsellers. Apparently, some customers responded to the digital equivalent of an eat-all-you-want buffet by gluttonously downloading large quantities of digital content.(February 2016)

Publishing Perspectives reports that, according to Nielsen Book, self-published books (digital and print) represented 5% of the total market in 2014, totaling £58 million of book spend and some 17 million units. Self-published titles represented 5% of all books sold (again print and digital) and 15% of all ebooks (up 16% in the first quarter of 2015 and up 77% since 2012). (June 10, 2015)

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), as reported by Digital Book World, U.S. publishers scored about $28 billion in revenue in 2014, with ebooks growing 3.8% to roughly $3.37 billion for the year. (June 10, 2015)

Digital Book World reports that, according to an Association of American Publishers (AAP) survey, roughly 3.88 million audiobooks and 2.47 million ebooks were distributed by subscription services in the U.S. in 2014. (June 10, 2015)

According to Digital Census, just less than half (48.1%) of self-published authors report that they have sold fewer than 1,000 ebooks. About a quarter (25.9%) claim to have sold between 1,000 and 5,000 copies. (November 10, 2014)

Three-quarters (76.5%) of publishers who responded to The Bookseller’s Digital Census believe that territorial rights are coming under increasing pressure in the evolving global ebook market. (November 10, 2014)

More than two-thirds (71.0%) of respondents to The Bookseller’s Digital Census said that they buy ebooks regularly from Amazon. That is more than five times as many as from the next most popular ebookstore, which is Apple’s iBookstore (13.4%). (November 10, 2014)

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