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Copyright information for authors

It’s a new year and one of the things I have noticed as editor in chief at Free-eBooks.net is that some of our authors have submitted revised editions of their eBooks with copyright modifications which seem to include just an update to the year. This made me go look for information about copyright claims and how to establish and maintain them.

Copyrighting a work is reserving the rights to reproduce, distribute, and perform a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work. From Encyclopedia Britannica:

“Copyright developed out of the same system as royal patent grants, by which certain authors

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

The KDP Select program; just how wonderful is it?

Amazon.com announced the Kindle Direct Publishers Select program on December 8th; at least, that was when I got the email. The email itself is typical KDP email, bland and featureless but the message it delivers sounds enticing. Let’s examine it in a little more detail.

Initial impressions.

On the face of the offer, you get to promote your book on Amazon.com for free for an unlimited number of 5 day periods throughout the time your book is enrolled in the KDP Select program.

Your book gets a share in a fund allocated by Amazon.com for all Select participants.

The future of the Book?

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While I scoured my reader items for more news on the Amazon.com announcement being greatly anticipated tomorrow (September 28, 2011), I found an article written by Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and Lying. I can’t do justice to his article by attempting to summarize here, but early in the article he states that “audiences now expect their digital content to be free” and I take special issue with that statement.

The key word in that sentence would be “now”. I don’t necessarily agree that it is a new concept. I think

How Do Authors Get Paid?

In the traditional publishing model authors can get paid in two ways, either a flat fee (a onetime lump sum) or on a percentage, or royalty, of each book sold. Then there is the increasing popularity of self-publishing. Here we’ll outline the differences.

When working with a publisher each contract will vary but there are common practices in the industry. Typically royalties for hardcover books are about 10% while 6%-8% can be expected for paperback. A new trend emerging is for publishers to pay authors based on net rather than the retail price of the book. A