The future of the eBook

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As the debate over self-publishing versus traditional publishing rages, authors are quietly uploading their eBooks to websites such as Free-eBooks.net, Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing platform, and Lulu – to name a few.

I saw an article yesterday on the Guardian UK website in which Dalya Alberge discusses Ian Rankine’s suggestion that there be tax incentives given to new writers. Traditional publishing meant for authors an upfront advance on their book’s sales. An advance from your publisher 10 years ago could probably make a sufficient dent in your mortgage. These days, it might cover one month’s rent.

It

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Self-publishing vs. Big-house publishing

Self-publishing vs. Big-house publishing

If you are a writer, you are probably considering whether to self-publish or go through one of the big publishing houses to get your novel out there. Lately, this is a choice that most writers have to consider seriously. While Free-eBooks.net and eBookEnvy.com do not have an official recommendation one way or another, I thought it would be a good idea to examine some the most talked about reasons to self-publish — or not.

It’s all about the recognition

Let’s face it: the big publishing houses (familiarly known as the “big six”) still have the respect and recognition

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Lending books is not new, why fight it?

Lending books is not new, why fight it?

I just borrowed my first book on Amazon with my Prime membership. The message I got once it was processed was that I can borrow again on December 1, 2011. That is just about a week away. This sounds like they enforce the one-book-per-month on the turn of the the month and not necessarily on the anniversary of the last borrow. Good to know.

There has been quite the uproar in the media lately with this lending program from Amazon. Authors and publishers claiming everything from a violation of ToS and contractual agreements to being cheated out of

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