Tips, news, and services for e-book authors and indie publishers


Humor in an e-book world

Posted on August 4, 2011

We had to share thus comic by Rina Piccolo found on the blog Thanks for the humor!

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Want to self publish? Here are three resources

Posted on July 31, 2011

Many young readers  also dream of becoming published authors. If you've got a story that you'd like to bring to the world, self publishing is an option that's much more open than traditional publishing. But as with anything associated with the new e-book economy, there are many different options. Start by learning about some of the the big players in self-e-publishing: CreateSpace, iUniverse and Author House.

CreateSpace... continue reading →

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Banned Book Week goes interactive this year

Posted on July 29, 2011

YouTube... and banned books. It can be a very powerful combination. This September there will be a YouTube channel devoted to banned books. If those two ideas together is something that doesn't make sense to you, read on.

Every year, the ALA (American Library Association) organized a Banned Book Week to draw attention to the fact that even in the United States where the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech (and freedom to read... continue reading →

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E-Books surpass sales predictions and the real nubmers are probably higher. Here’s why.

Posted on July 20, 2011

E-books are a fast-growing market and quickly becoming a household norm like a dishwasher or T.V. set. This year (2011) there has been about a 60% gain in number of ebooks out there in homes. 60% is huge, you don’t find a 60% increase anywhere!

There are about 20.6 million e-readers out there right now and that number is growing fast. By 1012 they believe that 12% of adult Americans will own an e-reader, right now about 8.7% of adult... continue reading →

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In 3 years, will 50% of book sales be e-books?

Posted on July 19, 2011

"A nail in the coffin of independent bookshops." That's what independent bookseller Otto Penzler said of e-books in an interview by CBS News. His wording is a little dramatic, but that's okay, he owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City which specializes in whodunnits.

The CBS News report predicts that in three years, e-books will make up 50% of book sales. Right now, it's in the teens. That means explosive growth is ahead.

... continue reading →

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Can e-books prevent back pain?

Posted on July 16, 2011

“Heavy backpacks can cause permanent damage to growing kids’ backs, and can sometimes result in scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. We need to present awareness of what is happening," said Winn Sams, a Columbus, N.C.-based chiropractor. Sams wants schools to replace textbooks with e-books and her campaign was covered recently in   the web site Occupational Health and Safety.  

Last fall the New York Daily News also advocated for... continue reading →

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The confusion of e-books today

Posted on July 14, 2011

Today you can choose paper books or you can choose e-books. Paper books are simple. E-books are complicated.

Paper books are common. E-books are relatively rare. What's preventing e-books from really taking off? It's complicated.

No the answer's not a complicated one.  Simply put, the universe of e-books is terribly complex. 

So complex, most people are waiting out the confusion till a clear path emerges for them.

Some of you,... continue reading →

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E-books aren’t necessarily cheaper

Posted on June 29, 2011

Many people assume that the e-book version of a title is cheaper than the paper version. This is often true, but not always. If bargains are all you're looking for, when purchasing online, sometimes you may do better with a used hardcover. Or even a new print book.

Take, for example, the Kindergarten favorite, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Martin and Archembault. The Nook e-book version costs $12.99. A used version sets you back only... continue reading →

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The next generation

Posted on June 26, 2011

Today, a friend told me his three-year-old walked up to the TV and dragged a finger, from leff to right, across the screen — the way one does when turning the page in an e-book.

Nothing happened.

“Daddy!” the child said, “TV’s broken!”

The fact is, e-books are intuitive to today's children. Kids are much more ready for reading on electronic devices than any of us grown-ups who have been reading for years only on paper. And who... continue reading →

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No e-reader? You can still read e-books

Posted on June 26, 2011

Wondering how you can read ePub books without shelling out for an e-reader? Read them on your computer using the ePub format.

ePub is the standard used by publishers to create electronic book files that can be read on a variety of readers. The main thing that ePub does is allow for text to be reflowed from e-page to e-page and allow readers to resize the letters onscreen.

E-books that are saved in the ePub format can be read on a... continue reading →

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Project Gutenberg: Ideal for 12-18 year old kids who love to read

Posted on June 23, 2011

What is Project Gutenberg and why should I care?

If you or your child has an e-reader, become familiar with Project Gutenberg. This is the original digital library, a database full of public domain books. The titles in Project Gutenberg can be freely downloaded. Emphasis on freely. Yes, the e-books are free. The free price tag is a real benefit to families with kids who are constantly reading.

We recommend Project Gutenberg for kids... continue reading →

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Is your city one of the top 20 most well-read?

Posted on June 23, 2011

Amazon just released its list of the most well-read cities in the United States and I’m proud to say I live in #9 and went to college in #1. I guess I’m a natural for starting this e-book review web site. Where’s your home? Is it on Amazon’s list?

1. Cambridge, MA
2. Alexandria, VA
3. Berkeley, CA
4. Ann Arbor, MI
5. Boulder, CO
See the rest.

Which city buys the most children’s books? According to Amazon, it’s Alexandria, VA.

... continue reading →

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Changing The Font Size on E-readers: More Frustrating than Fun

Posted on June 13, 2011

The way the e-book I own is set up, you can chose the font size of your book. The font size can be extremely important but I will save that for another day. In my e-reader the bigger the font, the fewer words on the page. Awesome! Read less per page—a kid’s dream come true.

Sort of.

You see, the bigger the font, the fewer words per page. Fewer words per page means more pages. So bigger font = more pages.

Okay, a minor setback to... continue reading →

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