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5 slightly unexpected tips for self-published authors to find success
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Self-publishing is a misnomer. The reason? There's no way that one person can do everything necessary to properly and effectively publish a book. (Obviously there are a lot of qualifiers there, but you get the idea.) Misnomer aside, there are many people out there trying to publish books without the aid of an established publishing company. More

10 characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
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Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to start a business? Here are some indicators from Michigan State University Extension that may help you decide. More

Read any good websites lately? Book lovers talk online
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Lori Hettler is a passionate reader, tearing through about 80 books a year. But as a resident of a Pennsylvania town and with a preference for fiction from small publishers, she can have trouble finding new books to feed her habit. More

Why traditional publishing is really in a 'golden age'
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How healthy is the traditional publishing industry? Not very, says Mark Coker, founder of the self-published book distributor Smashwords. Coker told NPR's Audie Cornish that "over the next few years, traditional publishers are going to become more and more irrelevant." But Michael Pietsch, soon-to-be CEO of the traditional publisher Hachette Book Group, disagrees. "I think we're in a golden age for books — reading, writing and publishing," he tells Cornish. More

Apple to highlight self-published books
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Yet another sign that self-publishing is making inroads into the traditional houses: Apple will include a feature that organizes a group of popular self-published e-books together and then gives them prominent display on iBookstore. The feature will appear under a banner titled "Breakout Books" and remain on the iBookstore's main page for at least two weeks. This kind of display, known as "front-of –the store" attention, is greatly coveted by publishers because it helps books get discovered, driving sales. After two weeks, "Breakout Books" will remain a permanent feature on the site, though not always with such high-profile display. More

Time Warner in talks to part ways with Time Inc.
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Media giant Time Warner has begun discussions to separate itself from Time Inc., its $3.4 billion (in annual revenue) publishing division, according to three people familiar with the matter. Meredith, the Des Moines-based publisher of Family Circle and the Ladies' Home Journal, is in talks with the company, according to two people familiar with the matter. A meeting of the buyer's representatives occurred today to discuss a potential deal, which is still in a formative stage and may never come to fruition. More

What should authors do in the digital age?
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O'Reilly's Tools of Change 2013 kicked off Feb. 12 with the first-ever Author (R)evolution Day, cosponsored by Publishers Weekly, designed to give authors, content creators, agents, and indie author service providers a full day of panels and breakout sessions. Cory Doctorow, who started the day with an opening keynote, brought up the notion of the "hybrid author" — the author who does more than just write a story — and much of the rest of the day outlined how an author becomes a hybrid author. More

The endangered fate of Barnes & Noble
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Washington, D.C.'s Union Station is a major point of entry for the nation's capital. Streams of daily commuters from the region, tourists, and business travelers on the Amtrak circuit from Boston and New York can choose from an especially ample array of shopping and dining opportunities. But, as of the end of February, one of the anchor retailers will be gone. Barnes & Noble is shutting down its bookstore in a main concourse after failing to reach terms with the landlord. Browsing the aisles at Barnes & Noble stores has been a core feature of the chain's strength in the 40 years since Leonard Riggio purchased the assets of what was then a venerable seller mainly of textbooks and turned the enterprise into the country's most formidable shaper of a superstore culture for bookselling. More

If kids are our future, our future is ebooks
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More people are reading ebooks now than ever and it's changing the complexion of the publishing industry. If you told a publishing company CEO a decade ago that ten years later a quarter of their revenue would be coming from digital content, they would have probably snorted up some San Pellegrino with lemon, laughing. If they took you seriously, they would have then commenced panicking (or, in the case of those with vision, planning). More


 

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