Publishing

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    When we last left retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette, the companies were at an impasse over contract negotiations, resulting in some of the most egregious efforts by Amazon to bury Hachette’s titles by slowing down shipment, raising prices, and even refusing to sell certain books entirely. Read More

  • Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    As the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette sees the huge online retailer continue to block and/or delay sales of some of the publisher’s books, two smaller startups in the industry are merging forces. Blurb, which lets authors self-publish and print their books, is buying Graphicly, a platform that lets authors publish and distribute e-books, with a specific focus on… Read More

  • Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural curation have resulted in million dollar deals for Snooki and bupkus… Read More

  • Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey is a best-selling Sci-Fi author with a long and interesting pedigree. He’s been a yacht captain, a computer guy and, most recently, a bona fide publishing sensation. His book, the Wool Omnibus, started as a novella on the Amazon Kindle Store and suddenly blossomed into a massive, multi-volume opus that is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and the winner of Kindle Book Review’s… Read More

  • Pressing The Button

    Pressing The Button

    The Mytro Project is almost over. Over the past few months I’ve been writing about my experience crowdfunding and self-publishing a YA fantasy book called Mytro. After running an Indiegogo campaign and coming out with almost $20,000, I’m at the point when I have to start delivering books. Read More

  • LinkedIn Opens Its Publishing Platform To All Members

    LinkedIn Opens Its Publishing Platform To All Members

    To date, LinkedIn has allowed a small, editorially selected group of “Influencers” like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Barack Obama to publish their thoughts and advice to its network as long-form blog posts. Now, that changes, as LinkedIn prepares to open up access to its publishing platform to all 277 million users on its network. Read More

  • Digg Is Experimenting With Original Content

    Digg Is Experimenting With Original Content

    Digg is currently testing a system which would see the viral news aggregator running its own original content on the Digg.com homepage, the company confirms to us today. This would be a new direction for the betaworks-backed service, which has historically collected the most interesting stories from around the web on its site, where they’re then voted on by Digg users. Read More

  • 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