ALA Library's List: News Reports on Self Publishing
Jan 23, 15
"January 23, 2015
Retail giant Amazon wants to attract more academics to self-publish their textbooks through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program, and on Thursday, the company announced KDP EDU, a division of that program focused on education. Scholars who choose to self-publish through the program can use Amazon's software, called the Kindle Textbook Creator, to convert their work into files readable on the Kindle app, which is available on most smartphones, tablet and computers. The app enables students to highlight text, add notes and quickly look up dictionary definitions within their textbooks."
Jan 06, 15
"Our first-ever Indie Starred Reviews Annual showcases all the self-published books that received starred reviews in 2014.Welcome to PW’s first-ever Indie Starred Reviews Annual. Over the last 12 months, we’ve reviewed hundreds of self-published titles in a wide variety of genres. In this issue of PW Select, you’ll find all the books that received starred reviews in 2014, as well as interviews with some of the indie authors whose books earned high praise from our reviewers."
Dec 15, 14
"By Paige Crutcher |
Dec 15, 2014 "
Nov 26, 14
"November 26, 2014 | 10:25 amThe Guardian recently showcased research demonstrating that women are leading the self-publishing wave, at least in the UK. And while The Guardian linked this to E.L. James and the Fifty Shades of Grey effect, the underlying data shows that female prominence in self-publishing is a broad and sustained trend."
Oct 28, 14
"The expo boasts new exhibitors and an expanded program to help self-publishers
October 27, 2014
By Alex Palmer
As it enters its sixth year, SPBE is hitting its stride. "
Oct 15, 14
"By Jim Milliot |
Oct 08, 2014 "
Oct 06, 14
Booklife taps the experience, integrity, and authority of Publishers Weekly to help indie authors achieve their goals:
- professional tips, insights, and strategies for creating and marketing books
- a place to connect and share with other indie authors
- a free and easy way to submit self-published books for review to Publishers Weekly
Oct 01, 14
"September 30, 2014 by Roger Sutton
Dear self-published author:
I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon."
Sep 23, 14
"By Michael Kozlowski, September 23, 2014
Amazon Publishing currently has 15 different imprints that span every single literary genre. These books are not only sold online for Kindle e-readers but also physically printed and sent over to bookstores. Finding the next great book to throw their marketing engine behind has always been a risky proposition. Amazon is quietly approaching authors who self-publish under Kindle Direct Publishing for a new program that will kick-start a book and potentially earn a new publishing contract with Amazon – in 45 days or less.
Within the next few weeks KDP Authors will be asked to submit their complete, never-before-published book and cover. After a few days, Amazon will post the first pages of each book on a new website for readers to preview and nominate their favorites. Books with the most nominations will be reviewed by the Amazon team for potential publication.
Readers who are selected for Amazon publishing contracts will get incentives that compete with first time contracts by major publishers. Authors will receive a guaranteed $1,500 advance and 50% royalties on net eBook revenue. Amazon will also acquire worldwide publication rights for eBook and audio formats in all languages, but the author will retain all other rights, including print.
As a small reward to the people who nominated the eBook to become published will receive a free, early copy to help build momentum and customer reviews."
Aug 22, 14
"16 Aug 2014"
Aug 15, 14
A Seattle Public Library contest to encourage self-publishing by authors hopes to spur new eBooks and the attention they get.
Aug 11, 14
"August 11 2014
With Expertise, PW’s reviewers provide written critiques that assist authors with the composition, editing, and publication processes."
Jul 23, 14
"Jul 16, 2014
COAST CITIES – Are you a local author looking to get your eBook in the hands of library users?
Authors can now submit their work to San Diego County Library’s SELF-e site and it will be reviewed for possible addition in the Library Journal’s SELF-e collection and/or San Diego County Library’s local author collection. Visit sdcl.org/local-authors.html to get started."
Jun 17, 14
About independent and self-publishing
Jun 12, 14
"Filed by Gary Price on June 12, 2014 - NISO’s (National Information Standards Organization) “The Implications of Self-Publishing”webinar took place yesterday (June 11, 2014) and featured the following speakers."
Jun 12, 14
"By Miral Sattar
June 12, 2014
I don’t know when or why I started doing it, but every time I go to a conference I almost always do a minority report and grade the diversity of the attendants that the conference brings in my head. Perhaps it’s because I’m not just a woman, but a woman of color, usually a minority group at most publishing conferences I attend or speak at.
So, it’s no surprise that Book Expo America, the publishing industry’s largest conference, has come under fire from PBS host Tavis Smiley for the lack of diversity in the industry.
During his panel, Smiley told attendants that the “publishing industry should work a little harder, dig a little deeper to help citizens of color get their stories told.”
Smiley’s comments hit home. I grew up in a Pakistani-American home in Queens and New Jersey reading stories that focused on blond, blue-eyed children, which left me with a sense of not belonging and disconnected from my peers."
Jun 03, 14
"By Miral Sattar
June 3, 2014"
May 20, 14
"SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.
If selected via Library Journal's SELF-e curation process, the author's ebooks will become part of a unique discovery platform for participating public libraries across the United States that enables patrons to read ebooks on any device, at any time. This free service is available to all self-published authors, no matter which self-publishing service(s) they use.
All that is required is an engaging story, and your ebook file.
If you're ready to share your ebook with library patrons, visit our submission portal to start the process.
For more information on the SELF-e program, check out our FAQ. "
Apr 24, 14
"Amazon Publishing joins an extremely exclusive club this week on the e-book bestseller list: publishers with more than one No. 1 bestseller this year.
Until this week, HarperCollins was the exclusive member of that club, with its “Divergent” hit taking the No. 1 spot this year all but three times, losing it once to Hachette, once to a self-published title and once to Amazon Publishing. After this week, make that twice to Amazon."