Must-read blogs on publishing

These are interesting times in publishing. Writers are self-publishing. Even agents are publishing their clients’ books. Here are a few blogs that we follow at Ashland Creek Press: eBookNewser A great resource for current industry news. The Shatzkin Files Mike Shatzkin provides an insider’s view of an industry in chaos. From author royalties on e-books …

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Amazon updates web design to make books more “interactive”

I believe Amazon is slowly rolling this design out (or still just testing it) so you might not see this yet. I’ve attached a screen shot of Amazon’s new design from our book The Names of Things: First off, the book covers are displayed about 20% larger, which I love. Also, you can “flip to …

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The magic number of Amazon book reviews — and the rules of the road

I almost always read customer reviews before I buy something on Amazon. Of course, I’m well aware that you shouldn’t always trust these reviews. I’m well aware that authors often review their own books anonymously and that a few nefarious folks go out and buy positive reviews. But by and large I find that if …

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An easy way to move files from your Mac (or PC) to your Kindle

When I tried out the Kindle Fire, the first thought that occurred to me was How do I easily get documents onto it? Of course, any book, song, or movie I purchase from Amazon is automatically downloaded to the Kindle — and made available to my Kindle app on my iPad and Mac. But what about …

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If e-books are the new paperbacks, why are they so expensive?

I’m not the only one who’s been saying that paperbacks are the new hardcovers, and e-books are the new paperbacks. Paperbacks are getting more expensive as publishers go with smaller print runs or print-on-demand (like us). And e-books are generally priced under $10, due in part to Amazon’s revenue-share incentives, but also due to the …

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