As I went through my news feeds this morning, these headlines caught my eye:Google’s contribution to the fight against eBook piracy with a search engine algorithm update. (goodereader.com) A design and marketing firm, with the odd name of PurpleBananaBrain.com is making waves with their innovative approach to eBook marketing. (PRWeb) Lending your Kindle eBooks is not as straightforward as you might think (or want it to be). (The Verge) Smashwords launches a new service to get more eBooks into the libraries. (paidContent) Did eBooks really outsell print books on Amazon? Check the fine-print, says the “Writer beware!
Recently, I heard from a friend who bought a Kindle Fire a few months ago. At the time, I had asked him to remember me with some feedback about his experience with the device. And that feedback was not good at all. Aside from the fact that his device died soon after receiving it, he comments that the device “usability was stripped to almost nothing for international users, there was poor application functionality, and multiple interface glitches.” It wasn’t the first time I had heard negative feedback from a friend regarding the Kindle Fire. Another friend had much
In this new age of self-publishing and electronic book and readers, the most rousing debate is about what the future of publishing is going to be. A great many people suspect that the big name, traditional publishers will be obsolete in a few years. Some of our more beloved authors have insisted that traditional book publishing is not something that should be abandoned and that they in fact are going to stick to it, at least for the major projects.
We have talked about this many times on this blog – where is the future or publishing going
As an editor at Free-eBooks.net, one of the things I do is to make sure that our eBooks meet certain standards. I have come across a few customer complaints and reviews that criticised the way the eBook looked in a particular format. And as we work to continually improve our services to our community, I wanted to research this thoroughly so that we can be confident that we offer the best quality to our readers as possible.
Publishing houses normally have a style guide that has explicit instructions on how to format a book for publication. One of
And just when we thought that eBooks were going to take over the world, the news of at least two authors who are sticking with the printed book. Richard Russo and Stephen King have both promised that their next novels are not going to be offered electronically. In King’s case, he adds “for the time being” which sort of implies that he hasn’t closed the door on the idea.
Russo says he wants to support the traditional bookstore model and the notion of local buying; so his next novel, a collaboration between himself and his daughter, is going