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Indie Authors and Publishers Respond to Tamblyn’s Manifesto

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Kobo President Tamblyn sparked a minor uproar on Friday when he shared a 31 tweet manifesto which called for indies to support Hachette because they were further down the same list. Many do not seem to agree with that premise. When I covered the story, I pointed out that his argument was similar to one which I had ...

Best-Selling Indie Author Barbara Freethy Launches Print Imprint

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Barbara Freethy announced on her blog earlier this week that she had started a new imprint to oversee publication of her works in print formats. The latest addition to Freethy’s Fog City Publishing company, Hyde Street Press, will have its titles distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. As one of the few authors to claim membership in the million book club in both the ...

Reedsy’s Indie Services Marketplace Goes Where BiblioCrunch Has Gone Before

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A new marketplace is launching on Monday which should help indie authors and publishers connect to and hire the services they need to produce their next book. Reedsy, which describes itself as a curated marketplace, soft-launched a few weeks ago in order to sign up industry-experienced editors, marketers, designers, etc, and on Monday it is opening up to authors. You ...

Mike Shatzkin Encounters Socially-Aware Indie Authors, is Confused

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Mike Shatzkin is a noted pundit in the publishing industry, but there are times that he truly misses the point. A couple days ago Mike posted a new screed in which he questions the motivations of indie authors who bash the legacy publishing industry. While Mike can see how advocates of the legacy industry are fighting for their ...

Amazon Expands KDP Select with New Bonuses for Top-Performing Indie Authors

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Amazon quietly expanded  the funding for KDP Select yesterday, adding nearly three million dollars in bonuses. Launched in late 2011, KDP Select is a program in Amazon's self-pub platform which offers indie authors special  privileges in exchange for exclusivity. Any ebooks submitted to the program cannot be sold elsewhere, and in return Amazon gives authors extra promotional opportunities. eBooks in ...

Have the Negotiations Broken Down? Amazon Calls on Indie Authors and Publishers to Lobby Hachette

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Amazon fired their latest salvo in the pr battle with Hachette this morning, and for once I wonder if they made a mistake. The retailer sent out an email to all authors and publishers currently signed up with KDP, asking them to take a side in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette. The letter can be ...

At Long Last: Indie Bookseller Named Official Bookseller for National Book Festival

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After 5 long years of national chains outbidding indies for the privilege, the 14th annual National Book Festival is finally going to feature a local indie bookstore as the official bookseller. The ABA announced last week that Politics & Prose, the venerable Washington DC bookseller, had been named to the role. This is the first time ...

Laura Miller’s Salon Piece on Indie Authors, Amazon, and Hachette Shows Much of What’s Gone Wrong in the Trad Pub / Indie Pub Debate

A couple days ago Salon.com weighed in on the Amazon-Hachette dispute with a new angle. In a piece ostensibly written to self-published authors, Laura Miller makes a case that indie authors should side with Hachette against Amazon. If you  follow publishing news I am sure that you have already read the article, but it's okay if ...

It’s not just Hachette and Warner Brothers, Amazon Has Stopped Taking Pre-Orders Indie KDP Titles, Too

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News is breaking today that even more of Amazon's suppliers are on the outs with the retailer. The New York Times reported yesterday that Amazon appears to also be in conflict Warner brothers. Amazon is reportedly responding to a contract dispute with Warner Brothers by removing the pre-order buttons from movies produced or distributed by that ...