Kobo Pulse Online Book Club
A true online book club: Kobo Pulse, allows readers see & engage in a whole range of social activity and commentary on every page of the book they’re reading. As an author, the feedback could be excruciating or elating.
Automating Children's Books for iPad
Need to automate your children's book for the iPad? Composer is available for free download from the App store at http://bit.ly/getcomposer for a limited introductory period. The Demibooks® PrintShop service will provide authors the ability to publish their book apps to the App Store starting at $499.
Star Trek Actor LeVar Burton has launched a Reading Rainbow to excite kids about reading. The program is a multimedia experience. http://rrkidz.com/landing/Launch_Release.pdf
eBooks Continue to Make Gains
E-book sales rose 167% in June, whereas the Trade paperback sales had the largest decline, down 64%, while children’s hardcover sales were off 31%. Adult hardcover sales fell 25%, mass market sales were down 22% and children’s paperback was off 13%. Sales in all the trade segments were also off by more than 10% for the first half of the year. Source: Publishers Weekly
Your Book is a Business
"It's not a book, it's a business." Mark Victor Hansen Often a book is a starting/focal point. Consider the spinoffs and enhancements you can make to your book. Very often those will be more profitable than the book itself.
Love Your Editor
Great writing isn’t written, it’s rewritten. A good Editor is priceless.
Google Scans are Challenged
The Authors Guild, along with others, allege that HathiTrust has millions of “unauthorized” scans created by Google. They are seeking an injunction barring the libraries from future digitization of copyrighted works, and is asking the court to “impound” all unauthorized scans.
70% of eBooks are Read on Phones
"There are 5.2 billion smart phone users around the world." Where are you trying to reach your readers? 70% of all eBooks are read on phones. eBooks are outselling paper books 2 to 1.
Oprah Video on Her Success
The biggest media success and queen of the book club talks about her success: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Oprahs-Secret-To-Success-Video/topic/oprahshow?page=11
Irene is taking its toll on booksellers. Flooding and power outages may be the final straw for some long standing independent sellers. Many rely on tourists coming to see the fall leaves. It's unfortunate this may cause permanent casualties in this industry.
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