Facebook’s Piracy Problem Isn’t Affecting Its Plans to Host Original Content, Strangely Enough

Do you recall all the talk about Facebook hosting original content (both articles and video)? That’s not going to come to much if the Face doesn’t get its piracy problems under control. Business Insider noticed this week that when it comes to video piracy, Facebook is effectively the wild wild west: Facebook’s video views are skyrocketing… Read More »

Online Writing Community Tablo Adds New Analytics Tool: Tablo Scholar

Following in the footsteps of their larger competitor Wattpad, the Melbourne-based writing platform Tablo launched a new reader analytics tool today called  Scholar. Tablo Scholar was developed to offer authors a better understanding of who their readers are and what the readers are reading. The service costs $9 or $19 a month, with the more expensive plan offering details… Read More »

Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts”

When Goodreads restructured their social network late last month I predicted that they would shortly use author pages for marketing purposes, and now it looks like I was about half right. Over the past week Goodreads has quietly started testing a new kind of native advertising. They’ve been inserting sponsored book listings into certain pages, including at… Read More »

Goodreads Promises to Fix Bungled New Relationship Rules

Goodreads caused numerous problems for its members when it enacted a new set of follower relationships last Friday, and the problems haven’t diminished in the following week. The social network announced on Monday that it had revised the follower relationships to address some of the complaints made over the weekend. Three days have passed since then, and… Read More »

Goodreads Has Decided That There is No Friendzone for Authors and People

Goodreads may have picked up tricks from their corporate parent since being bought by Amazon in 2012, but beta testing new features was apparently not one of them. The social network added new relationship options on Friday. Ostensibly intended to better define how authors and the hoi polloi interact, the new options are causing more problems than they solved…. Read More »

Kobo Inks Distribution Deal With Writing Community Widbook

Writing communities like Wattpad, Write On, and Widbook represent concentrated sources of writing talent, and Kobo is looking to tap in. Earlier this month Widbook and Kobo announced a new partnership which will enable Widbook members to sell ebooks through Kobo. According to Widbook’s blog post, premium members can sell their ebooks through Kobo with only a… Read More »