Is Facebook a Life Raft for Web Publishers or the New Gatekeeper?

8258042408_edfcfc3ab5[1]Facebook has been getting a lot of attention this past week. The NYTimes posted a couple articles on Sunday, leading to a flurry of articles from Digiday, Business Insider, Forbes, and others.

I had been following the coverage as the week wore on, but then lost all of the tabs I had open when my copy of Chrome spontaneously delaminated on Thursday. So this afternoon I went looking for the better articles and put together a roundup post. Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Social Media Sins, and Why Authors Should Avoid Them

brunner social media faux pasAuthors and publishers are frequently told that they should engage with readers on social networks, but sometimes it's not easy to know the right way to go about it. And so when this video from Pittsburgh ad agency Brunner crossed my desk this morning, I thought it was worth watching and sharing. Continue reading

Amazon Launches a New Writing Community, Write On

logo._V342995659_[1]Yesterday Amazon officially took the cover off of the writing community which they've been developing without anyone noticing.

The Amazon Write On program is the unnamed crowd sourced program I reported on, but it seems to be just as much a writing community as it is a publishing program.

Update: An Amazon spokesperson told me in an email that "Write On and the new publishing program are different and unrelated programs."

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Twitter Launches Buy Buttons, Enabling Authors to Sell eBooks on the Service

twitter2-786x305[1]Twitter announced a new service yesterday which indie authors might like.

The social network started a beta test for new buy buttons. The test will only include a small percentage of U.S. users, and it is only visible on Twitter's mobile apps, so most of us will be unaffected. But in the long run indie authors will have a new sales platform.

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Wattpad Acquires, Closes Competing Author Site

redroom-logo[1]Wattpad put the $46 million raised in their latest round of funding to good use last week.

PW reports that Wattpad has acquired a smaller rival writer site called Red Room for an undisclosed sum. In what could well be described as a whirlwind acquisition, Red Room informed members only last week that the site had been bought, and they turned off the servers today (no, seriously.) Continue reading

Goodreads Adds Automatic Sync with Amazon Book Purchases

GoodreadsGoodreads has just announced another reason for Amazon customers to use the site.

The online book community, which Amazon acquired last year, is now enabling readers to automatically sync their Amazon book purchases with their Goodreads account. The new feature is being slowly rolled out to Goodreads users and it is currently limited to only the US,Canada, and Australia, but Goodreads plans to expand availability in the future. Continue reading