books

  • Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March. This week, Goodreads rolled out a significant redesign on iOS (coming soon to Android) – something regular Goodreads users have wanted for some time. Now, instead of having you land on an outdated, grid-like homescreen when the app is first launched… Read More

  • Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have… Read More

  • Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon announced this afternoon that it will be expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children’s books authors through a new program it’s calling “KDP Kids.” Along with the program, which is aimed at helping authors prepare, publish and distribute books in the Kindle Store, Amazon is also releasing a new tool, the Kindle Kids’… Read More

  • How To Save Books

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    Today’s big overnight news is that Apple has settled with consumers and states in a pricing suit, the details of the settlement as yet undisclosed. Don’t worry: you won’t have to register a $10,000 windfall with the IRS because Apple asked publishers to raise prices and force Amazon to do the same in order to beat Bezos’ $9.99 stranglehold on the e-book giant. Read More

  • Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

    Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

    Private family photo sharing network Tweekaboo has just launched the Tweekabook, an 8.5″ x 8.5″ book offering that lets parents produce and print baby books right from their iOS app. The books start at $29.95 for a 24-page book and the company ships anywhere in the world. Read More

  • Zoobean Debuts A Recommendation Service For Children’s Apps And Books

    Zoobean Debuts A Recommendation Service For Children’s Apps And Books

    Zoobean, one of many startups to experiment with the “Netflix for kids’ books” business model – meaning, a subscription-based children’s books service where new books arrive monthly – is today shifting to become a broader recommendations platform instead. Going forward, the company aims to become something that’s more like a “Pandora for… Read More

  • My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I’ve decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I’d like to talk about my own experiences in publishing and why I think crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models. Be warned: this is a little introspective… Read More

  • Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    I like to write. A lot. I write a lot for TC, and then when I’m done here, I like to write non-fiction, and most recently, fiction. I just finished a novel – and “finished” is a very loaded term when it comes to writing, but let’s say I’ve completed the story – and now I’m crowdfunding it. I’m going to write about my experience here on… Read More

  • Amazon Source Audaciously Courts Indie Bookstores As The Next Kindle Retail Outlets

    Amazon Source Audaciously Courts Indie Bookstores As The Next Kindle Retail Outlets

    Amazon has not been seen as a fast friend of the brick-and-mortar bookstore business. The rise of discounted books sold online often undercuts what traditional retailers have been able to offer, leading to the death of those local businesses — a trend that has been accentuated with the rise of e-books that do away with the idea of anything paper-based altogether. Now, somewhat… Read More

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