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When the Term “Ebook” Is a Perjorative

I was on a comment thread on Google+ last week, in which the original poster, Brian Clark, had asked whether people preferred “ebook” or “e-book.” Of course, some people chimed in with “Ebook” and “eBook” and other variations, but the consensus seemed to be “ebook.” (I’ve drifted away from the hyphen as well, much as happened [...]

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Amazon Now Listing “Page Count” for Kindle Books

I just discovered, at least for my NO BROWN M&M’s! book of entrepreneurial lessons from rock stars, that Amazon is now listing an approximate printed page count for Kindle books. It makes me wonder if some people were feeling ripped off since the file size never gave the customer a good idea of how much content they were [...]

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The Price Is Right

Well, that depends. When it comes to books (and other published items), it can be a fine walk between pricing too low (not enough profit margin) and too high (no sales). A couple weeks ago, I was alerted to a friend of a friend’s book now being available on a site that basically functions as [...]

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How Bookstores Can Survive

Over the last several years, as bookstores have dwindled and Borders went belly up, a lot of attention has shifted toward Amazon (being the villain or scapegoat, depending on your perspective). But debating Amazon’s role in the changes in publishing does nothing to save bookstores. Like it or not, Amazon will continue to do what [...]

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If you haven’t heard, Google+ has “gone public” — meaning that you no longer need an invitation to get in. I had a brief chance to try it out during the testing phase, when author Jason Matthews (who’s written an excellent ebook on self-publishing ebooks) sent me an invitation. It is definitely worth getting familiar with. While it has [...]

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“By” the Way

One of the 53 self-publishing mistakes I discuss in my ebook is putting the word “By” in front of the author’s name on the cover. Most authors and self-publishers are surprised to learn this, until they go to the store (or peruse Amazon) and find out it’s true—you don’t see “By” in front an author’s [...]

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Create Your Future

I recently read Seth Godin’s blog post entitled “The forever recession (and coming revolution)” and pretty much agree with everything except the “coming” part. I think the revolution is upon us. It’s funny how we, at least in this country, have become conditioned to avoid pain at any cost — even when pain is normal. We [...]

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Yes, Books *Are* Judged by Their Covers

The other day, a friend showed me a new book by a new author she knows. It was a proud moment for her, so I didn’t want to spoil it — but the cover was awful. I’m not sure whether it amazes me more that these publishing services have the lack of shame to publish [...]

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Adjusting Your Cover Design When Using Print-On-Demand Services

Print-on-demand (also called publish-on-demand and usually referred to simply as “P.O.D.”) has been one of the four corners of the self-publishing revolution at the onset of the 21st century. Perhaps nothing else has truly put the benefits (and risks) of publishing within reach of most authors. It is the model on which nearly every subsidy [...]

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