Publishing

  • With A Fresh $9M, Contently Looks To Position Itself At The Front Of The New Content Marketing Movement

    With A Fresh $9M, Contently Looks To Position Itself At The Front Of The New Content Marketing Movement

    When Contently launched out of TechStars startup accelerator in 2011, content farms were quickly becoming the bane of content producers everywhere. Gumming up search engines with low-quality, SEO-optimized linkbait and shoddy content marketing models, these farms were in the process of jumping the shark. Today, thanks to continuing changes in publishing business models and digital… Read More

  • Ten Things You May Not Know About Ebook Prices

    Ten Things You May Not Know About Ebook Prices

    How much should you pay for an ebook? $9.99? $0.99? $0? And how much should you price your ebooks? I’m going to tell you what people have actually paid for their ebooks, based on some hard data from Luzme. You can set the price of your book to be anything you want; what really matters is what someone will pay for it! Read More

  • Publish And Perish? What To Do With That Book Inside Of You

    Publish And Perish? What To Do With That Book Inside Of You

    When people tell me they have a book inside of them — which actually happens quite a lot, probably because I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a clutch of novels (traditionally) published — I always want to ask: “Have you considered surgery?” As George Orwell famously said: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some… 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

  • Jim Dalrymple’s Loop Magazine Reboots With Stunning Mobile Publishing Platform Glide

    Jim Dalrymple’s Loop Magazine Reboots With Stunning Mobile Publishing Platform Glide

    Five months ago, veteran Apple reporter Jim Dalrymple made a bet that people would want to pay two bucks to read articles about tech, music and more in a minimal iPad magazine. Now, he’s moving to a relatively unknown new platform called Glide that may end up kicking off the next era of tablet media publishing. Dalrymple has been publishing on the web since 1994, but earlier this year… Read More

  • Tablo BookMaker Takes The Complexity Out Of EBook Publishing

    Tablo BookMaker Takes The Complexity Out Of EBook Publishing

    Getting a book published used to require something called “an agent” who talked to a “publishing house” who, in turn, hired a “printer” to make a “hardback” or “paperback” version of your words. Tablo.io is just another in the long line of start-ups aimed at relegating those things to the deep, dark past. Read More

  • Lucidpress Launches Web-Based Design And Publishing App For Print And Online

    Lucidpress Launches Web-Based Design And Publishing App For Print And Online

    Lucid Software, the company behind the popular Lucidchart online flow chart and diagramming service, announced a new product in its lineup today. Lucidpress, as the name indicates, is a web-based publishing app for creating print and online content that takes on the established design and desktop publishing market. Read More

  • Indie Bookstores Aren’t Dead Yet

    Indie Bookstores Aren’t Dead Yet

    Something magical is happening: Indie bookstores are coming back for a few very interesting reasons. While the rise of digital books has definitely put a dent into the fortunes of bookstores – you can read all about it at your local Borders store – it seems something else is at play here. Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Finalist Moglue Launches The Second Version Of Its Interactive E-Book Creator

    TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Finalist Moglue Launches The Second Version Of Its Interactive E-Book Creator

    Moglue, the publishing platform that makes it easy to create interactive e-books, has launched its completely redesigned second version, which features a streamlined user interface and more design tools. After the TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing finalist released the first edition of Moglue 10 months ago, many users asked for the ability to preview books in real-time on mobile devices, which the… Read More

  • This Lego Robot Strips Kindle DRM One Page Turn At A Time

    This Lego Robot Strips Kindle DRM One Page Turn At A Time

    In another episode of “Sticking It To The Man Through Lego” we present a spider that manually clicks through the pages of a Kindle book and then signals a computer to take a picture of the e-ink screen, perform some OCR, and spit out a completely DRM-free copy of the text. In short, it’s a sort of intelligent photocopier that is, in theory, completely legal. Read More