Funding for emerging playwrights, short story writers, poets, and unpublished novelists.
We Grow Media offers classes for building author platforms as well as consulting services.
Three Panel Book Review reviews books in comic strip form.
“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use …
“JM Northern Media LLC is a company focused on media and the people who make it. Founded in 1999, we produce annual events and report on the people who are making things happen in the world of digital media and beyond. In addition to our stand-alone productions, we have …
“Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Co-organizers and local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware quickly realized that booklovers wanted something more. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, it …
San Francisco Writers Conference: “Four days of 55+ sessions with major presenters, agents and editors; a glorious opening gala; evening open mic and pitch sessions… plus 2 keynote luncheons and 2 breakfasts are included.”
“The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is a free two-day event presented by Bound Together Bookstore. Each year, the book fair brings together over 75 radical booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and political groups from around the world, and features books, pamphlets, zines, art, crafts, and information. The two-day fair includes …
“At Future we base everything we do around clusters of like-minded individuals who are passionate about their interests. From video games to technology, from cycling to music-making, we provide magazines, websites, emerging media platforms and events that inform, entertain and unite these communities. We share the same passions as …
A list of 8 staffing agencies that likes working with creatives.
“Publishers Group West (PGW) is the leading book sales and distribution company in the United States, representing over 100 independent client publishers. PGW sets the standard for integrated, full-service distribution, provides complete digital conversion services, and is a top-ten vendor to retailers and wholesalers throughout the industry. PGW’s market leadership, …
A list of book publishers in SF, by SF Station.
A list of accredited book publishers in the Bay Area, CA.
“Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, was launched in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Diaz praises, “Beautiful, compelling, irresistible: Slice will knock you right out. In the …
“www.nyslittree.org was created to serve NYSCA-funded organizations with literary programs, their curators, and the poets and writers they present. The site offers in-depth information about the organizations and their curators as well as detailed schedules, thereby serving as a learning center and clearing house for those involved in literature-based presentation. …
“92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life.”
“BookCourt was established as an independent neighborhood bookstore in the Fall of 1981. 30+ years later, it’s Brookyn’s family-run, literary mainstay, offering an expansive inventory, the most competitive book discounts in NYC, and one of the top events series in the country. In 2012, The Village Voice hailed BookCourt as …
“We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, police and prisons, and black studies. You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, …
“Greenlight Bookstore started with the dreams of two different booksellers and a Brooklyn neighborhood. Our story is a story of opportunity, passion, and most importantly, community.”
“BOOKTHUGNATION IS AN USED BOOKSTORE AND COMMUNITY SPACE IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy. We also have solid collections of Sci-Fi, Mystery/Noir, …
“St. Mark’s Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York City’s East Village, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals. We are open Monday through Saturday …
“WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that celebrated its fifth anniversary in March 2012. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and …
“Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor (with over 175 linear-feet of glass frontage …
“Bring your young readers and listeners to Books of Wonder and join us for our ever-popular Storytime. Each week, we choose several books from our shelves (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents for a good, old-fashioned, storytime. It’s a fun-filled …
“McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City. We aspire to be the center of Manhattan’s literary culture: witness our events, our two floors of books, our engaged staff. Not to mention our bustling café, because what, after all, is reading without coffee? Yes, we arrange our literature …
“In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York’s legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890’s and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, …
“Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination for the last decade. Special events and a fully stocked cafe make this a great place to meet friends, relax, and shop the best book, movie, and music selection in New York City. Our …
“The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip hop, visual art and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable.”
Writer Meetup groups around the world.
“Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.”
Publisher’s Weekly has compiled a map of all the publishers in New York City.
“No Starch Press has long had a reputation for publishing unique books on technology, with a focus on open source, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, LEGO®, science, and math. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and our books tackle topics that people care about.”
Rap Genius is a site that shows annotations on song lyrics by verified artists.
Kindle Worlds, which allows fan fiction writers to create new stories around popular books and franchises, launched today.
Outskirts Press offers publishing packages to help writers publish their books. Some, but not all, services may be helpful.
Laura Duffy designs covers for print and e-books.
Tips for writing for the educational market.
Tips for which fonts to use on a book cover.
Use Fiverr for help with publishing.
Game of Books gives readers points and rewards for reading books.
Authors can pay to create their own author app.
Authors can use BookBuzzr to help market their books.
Use Nudge to find new books to read.
“Habitat helps turn your concept into a final product. Plan your Inkling title, then convert your assets into HTML5 and CSS for use in Habitat. Once your content is inside Habitat, enhance, proofread and publish your title to multiple platforms with a click!”
“Advance enables the transformation of a print title into an eBook instantly and is literally done at no cost to the publisher or author. Join 80+ publishers who have contributed to Kno’s digital library of over 200,000 titles, the largest collection of digital titles on the market.”
“BeyondtheStory® is the world’s first automated publishing platform that uses proprietary AI and advanced authoring tools to transform flat text into a fully interactive multimedia experience.”
“Introducing Follett’s includED®, a groundbreaking program that delivers all required course materials, both print and digital, to students as part of their tuition or fees.”
Vangelizer helps spread word of mouth marketing for books.
ComicLife makes it easy to create comics of your own life.
Grammarly provides a grammar check of manuscripts.
Create your own website with Squarespace.
Hire writers to turn manuscripts into screenplays, with Screenplay Factory.
Wonderbookland is a book club and social reading recommendation site.
A list of anthologies that pay writers for stories.
A list of ideas for marketing a fiction book.
Dan Poynter’s Globabl E-Book Awards helps promote self-published books.
Tips for setting up an efficient desk workspace.
Authorbytes builds websites and book trailers for authors.
“BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it’s a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards.”
One author explains what happens to her and the audience while reading on a book tour.
Handy keyboard shortcuts to help you save time.
YumvY is an app that takes you step by step cooking.
“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: …
“reKiosk is a network of user-curated digital storefronts where anyone can sell music, books, and other digital files, of their own designs or of someone else’s.”
The global e-book marketplace.
Authors can sell their e-books direct with EZ Buy Button.
“A revolutionary new tablet screen the thickness of a sheet of paper that can be twisted and dropped without damage has been revealed.”
Create digital magazines and newsletters with Readz.
“Expanding upon student learning behavior collected from McGraw-Hill’s existing suite of educational software, the SmartBook promises to adapt textbook material to suit the paces and grasp of individual learners.”
Acoustik is an audiobook app.
“To create a worldwide community for the publishing industry that encourages the creation of business relationships and the worldwide spreading of ideas. PubMatch will facilitate communication, data warehousing and the simplification of rights marketing for publishers, agents, authors and others, making it the go-to place for the international publishing community …
Code to add a “buy this book” widget to your website.
YA to You! is a group of YA authors who have banded together and held contests to decide where they appear on their book tours.
Turn your blog into an e-book with E-book Glue.
Find books to read using Publishers Lunch’s Bookateria.
Tips for writing effective book descriptions from CreateSpace.
How to write effective copy for your book description/flap/jacket.
“Booktalk Nation’s nationwide, phone-in author talks connect readers with authors while supporting independent bookstores.”
10 book ads.
Skyreader has an open beta for its interactive ebook authoring tool.
Laini Taylor gives tips for writing.
A chart of current e-readers and tablets.
Saylor offers free education.
Orson & Co publishes eLumes, apps that work like e-books.
Litographs prints books, up to 75,000 words, on t-shirts and posters.
Frequency turns Internet channels into TV streaming on your computer.
Paper Lantern Lit is a publisher.
Mix and match unlimited content into high quality, transparently priced custom textbooks and course packs with AcademicPub.
LitPick is a site where young adults review young adult novels and books.
Authors can feel better knowing even classic books got bad reviews.
Discover books and social reading with BookShout!
Amazon updates hourly to show the most popular authors on the site.
Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for bundles of indie games and books.
Use Evergreen to create webinars.
A list of blogs that review self published books.
“[…] aiming at the Top Customer Reviewers is a good strategy to curating well-written, meaningful and thorough reviews for your book. Here are some more pros for putting in the time and energy to solicit these.”
The five stages of grief after publishing a first book.
Sell products and books in exchange for tweets.
Vizify turns Twitter streams into videos.
“Unglue: To pay an author or publisher in full, up front, for publishing a Creative Commons ebook.”
Libboo is a book discovery service.
Kurt Vonnegut – The Shapes of Stories infographic by mayaeilam.
Coffee and Books is a reading community that promotes coffee and books in bookstores.
Benchprep is a subscription service offering classes to prep for standardized tests.
“[…] some general characteristics of a potentially winning title. How does your title match up?”
Storypanda is an iPad app that allows kids to write stories and collaborate with illustrators, similar to Storybird.
Bookboon: download free e-books and textbooks.
“Electrolibrary by Waldek Węgrzyn – Paper book as interface.”
Submit your own romance stories on Avon Romance.
Opinion on what makes a good book title.
Authors can use Reddit’s AMA to talk to fans.
A Book Apart publishes 100 page, in-depth books on specific subject matters.
Keeper Kase, a way to get author autographs for e-books.
“Over the last few years the BBC‘s video on demand service iPlayer (a kind of British Hulu) has moved beyond desktop PCs, to games consoles, mobile phones, tablets, set top boxes and internet connected TVs. But there’s still a segment of the population who aren’t being catered for; those whose …
Booktrack provides soundtracks for e-books.
A touching YouTube video about the power of words.
“How did we get from Google being a search engine that pointed to things, like travel guides or gift cards sold by other companies, to being a content company? It’s a position that more than ever before makes it hard for Google to assure other companies that it won’t …
7 tips on how to write compelling flash fiction.
“Our mission is to help people, small businesses, students / researchers / scholars, and the general public digitize, preserve, archive, and access existing content digitally. We honor the copyright of Publishers and Authors and hope to establish a close relationship to expand the eBook market furthermore. We make everything digital.”
20 book cover design theories.
Reasons why authors should hire a professional editor.
Authors can book themselves for radio interviews using RadioGuestList.com
Review the Book publishes reviews of indie books, for a small fee.
Booktrope helps authors publish books.
Browser-based EPUB3 editor, with Aloha Editor.
Find editors with the Editorial Freelancers Association.
The Indie View provides a list of active book bloggers who review indie books for free.
The Self Publishing Review offers insights into what sells a book.
Find and compare audiobook prices at Audiobookmart.com
Free e-books from Microsoft.
“The format of this series is straightforward: each week we invite a self-published author to complete a Q&A, telling us about their work and giving us a little taster of it. They then nominate the next self-published author to answer our questions – like a daisy chain. If we find …
Quarterly writing contest open to all writers, Ultimate Hero.
“Penguin has unveiled a new program, aimed at raising the discoverability of its books, that will allow customers to read some of its most anticipated titles months before they go on sale.”
“The maps above by the MPI’s Zara Matheson chart the geography of venture capital across the United States.”
“Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced Amazon Birthday Gift, a new way for customers to surprise friends on their birthdays by joining together to send Amazon.com Gift Cards with birthday messages on Facebook. Once a single friend starts a gift, any of the recipient’s Facebook friends can contribute – and many …
“Springer offers a variety of metadata formats for many different customers and business partners. Most of our metadata services are completely free of charge. Of course, electronic systems and transfer protocols must be available; we are happy to advise you on the system that is most appropriate for your …
“For example, consider a reader’s annotations or comments on a New York Times article; any comments penned in single page mode should appear on the paginated version, where an article spans by default two, three, or four separate web pages, even though the web URLs are different for each …
“German researchers are working on a new DRM system that would change individual words of a story to track pirated book copies back to their original owners.”
“Over 119,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative, federally funded Founding Fathers Papers projects.”
See a picture list of 24 cakes inspired by books, at Buzzfeed.
OrangeBerry Book Tours helps authors promote their work.
“How does this compare with the current state of licensed novels? In an interview at The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers website, writer Matt Forbeck says that a $4-$6K advance against 4%-6% of cover price royalty is normal for new authors adapting video game properties. Keith R.A. DeCandidio reports a …
“Some 34% of U.S. adults now own a tablet computer, like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Amazon Kindle Fire, according to the latest numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.”
A list of online sites looking for content/freelance writers.
A database for freelance writing jobs.
“In the past five years, e-book sales in the United States have gone from zero to (conservatively) 706 million, with no sign of slowing down. […] About 30% of those e-book sales come from independent (self-published) authors. That’s about 210 million ebook sales that did not come out of traditional publishing. The …
“Federal prosecutors say Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up e-book prices. But the court case, which began this week, may soon be a moot point, experts say, as other companies aim to make traditional prices irrelevant by offering e-book rental services akin to Spotify and Netflix.”
“Barnes & Noble will start commissioning original works for Nook Snaps, its e-singles section. For the first 60 days, authors keep 100 percent of the royalties; after that, the royalty rate drops to 40 percent.”
“In court on Wednesday, Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti argued that publishers’ switch to the agency model was intended to “slow down the success of the Kindle,” while Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said Apple did not force publishers to enact agency contracts with Amazon and other retailers.”
“When Amazon, whose complaints are believed to have initiated the case, finally did renegotiate its e-book agreements from wholesale to agency pricing, what do you think it demanded from publishers? The very same agency terms that Apple demanded and that the government decries as components of an Apple-led conspiracy: A …
“Apple attorney Orin Snyder aggressively dismantled Google Director of Content Partnerships, Tom Turvey, a witness for the government, who in a sworn statement had indicated that the five accused publishers “advised” him in January of 2010 that they were switching to the agency model, and had “strongly implied” that …
“The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has …
“The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to …
“Google has released a white paper that shows a proportional impact on a movie’s box office success based on the number of searches that it receives.”
Best-selling indie author Elle Lothlorien details her process of adding enhanced content to one of her e-books.
“It is an incredibly exciting time to be a reader, an author, and a publisher. Opportunities to engage audiences are endless – new devices now support numerous ways of reading, publishing, and reaching readers. HarperCollins is issuing a call to developers to create excellent, functioning software and proof of concept …
“Following Penguin’s David Shanks to the witness stand in the Apple e-book price fixing trial, S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy was feisty and contentious, often challenging the intent of the government’s questions or offering unsolicited interpretations of its language and phrasing. Late in the day, Amazon v-p of Kindle content …
Amazon may be looking to partner with indie bookstores.
“2131 Books 27 Volunteers 112 Slices of Pizza and after seven hours and five tries – 1 world record.”
“Overall, wear and tear on the eyes is reduced the more the reading settings of a device are set to an individual’s needs, reports Stiftung Warentest, a German consumer products tester after checking out 13 readers.”
“Readmill, the popular German ebook reading app has just secured a slew of new content for its ecosystem. The company has signed off on deals that will bring over short fiction to its platform and make it easier for customers to buy the books and send them right to their …
Bookstores in America, broken down by per capita.
“There are just so many books to love. So why shouldn’t they love each other, and create other books that combine the best unique features of each, and continue a beautiful bloodline of new books for readers everywhere to devour? Exactly, there is no reason. And that is why …
“Luo Li — pictured above — has been accused of stealing copyrights from Qidian, but this may be a strategy to prevent him from launching a competing business. (Photo Credit: EEO)”
MerchantWords lets users see what people are searching for on Amazon.
“Bookstores, newsstands and two bookseller organizations filed suit Monday to block enforcement of a law that violates the First Amendment rights of retailers to display magazines that focus on marijuana and their customers’ right to browse those publications. The law, which was passed as a provision of the new …
An update on the collusion trial.
A subscription app that gives unlimited access to Marvel comics.
“Less than two years after DC Comics began selling digital versions of its own comics on the same day as print, the superhero publisher announced two new digital comics formats: DC2, which will feature “dynamic artwork” that unfolds as the reader taps on the screen, and DC2 Multiverse, a choose-your-own-path …
“Two trends converge: Diversion Books, a New York-based start-up digital publishing house continues to build its business by outsourcing its digital publishing know-how to non-publishing entities that want to publish ebooks; and Gersh, a New York-based literary agency adds another service that it can offer to its authors to help …
“DC Says Readers Are Downloading 1M Digital Comics Each Month, Announces New Interactive Features”
“Padify makes it simple to remix your existing content into great digital magazines and book apps for any platform.”
“Because marketing is one of our greatest challenges as indie authors, IndieReCon brings you a mini-marketing know-how blitz! Featuring articles and workshops from CJ Lyons, Georgia McBride, KP Simmons and Penny Sansevieri this week promises to be all kinds of awesome!”
“The promise of a single file that works on all systems is before us, and EPUB3, our common goal, is what will enable us to get there. I have not only published my slides, but I re-recorded my talk so you can get all of the details. Be sure …
“Hachette’s practice of delivering the same EPUB3 file to all its e-tailers, including Amazon, sets a precedent for the industry, said Castro. If more publishers developed a single viable ebook file, would e-reader systems converge upon a single standard for rendering that file? And in turn, make ebooks a …
“Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced.”
“While there was much anticipation over Goodreads founder Otis Chandler’s post-Amazon-acquisition update at this year’s IDPF 2013 Digital Book Conference at BEA, it was Writer’s Digestpublisher Phil Sexton who might have stolen the day, with the results of a survey of author reactions to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. The Writer’s Digest survey …
“The cookbook to improve your cutting skills. One of the first things you learn at a cooking school is how to use a knife. That’s why we gave our students this special introductory cookbook. Students had to actually cut the book apart in order to see the recipes. They …
Trends in ebook pricing. “Ebook pricing strategies are changing rapidly as the digital market grows. Self-published authors continue to shake things up, but what might have been best practice a couple of years ago is not necessarily relevant in 2013 — and as retailers amass more data and publishers …
“Almost every publisher we talked to expressed reservations about getting involved in the next generation of the EPUB3 ebook format. If you are unfamiliar with this format, it borrows heavy elements from HTML5, and allows for audio, video, and the ability to change the language on the fly. It is …
“The panelists concurred that, despite Romano’s earlier sentiments against applying a universal code for reviewers, being honest about biases within a piece is fundamental, and that it’s vital to take a book on its own terms, not those desired by the critic. Sehgal and Romano added that a good …
“At BookExpo this week, 3M Library Systems will unveil its publisher portal, allowing publishers to stop by the booth and test drive the level of feedback that they can receive whenever their titles have activity through partner libraries.”
“Disney Digital is responsible for all of the apps, games, and ebooks that you consume on your tablet and PC. The company is heavily invested in what the company is calling StoryTelling 2.0, but it might as well be called transmedia storytelling 2.0.”
Amazon now allows third-party developers to create ways to log in to Amazon, making it compete with Facebook and Google.
“The whole idea of who are we talking to is are we talking with them or at them.”
Macmillan CEO John Sargent gave a talk about Macmillan and the state of publishing at BEA 2013.
Email author interviews to be featured on E-book Builders.
Tips on building an author fan base.
Tips to host a successful book launch party.
Four Kindle formatting problems that are unsolvable, including lack of support for headers and footers.
Guidelines for freelance writing, magazines.
“GoodEReader sat down with Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, and Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, at this week’s BookExpo America event to talk about the early results of their joint experiment in ebook lending, the Big Library Read. This experiment made one Sourcebooks title, The Four Corners of the …
Guy Kawasaki shared his top 10 tips for self-published authors, including writing for the right reasons.
The Penguin and Random House merger has been approved by all countries and should happen in July 2013.
The rise of altmetrics and their use in scholarly articles and professor CVs.
A report on libraries and their relationship with e-books in the future.
Lulu, the self-publishing platform, is launching a new service: picture.com. Picture.com “allows for instant photobook generation and the printed end products are handsomely bound books, calendars, and even business class brochures and marketing collateral.”
Mofibo is Denmark’s “spotify for e-books.”
“Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and all the others have a new competitor to worry about: Samsung. The company is set to make a strong push into the ebook retail market through its popular line of smartphones, tablets and “phablets,” a new device category between phone and tablet.”
Trends in publishing talked about at BEA 2013, including the merger between Penguin and Random House and dealing with Amazon.
Curtis Associates is a literary agency that helps authors with e-books.
“At the London Book Fair in April, I had the opportunity to meet representatives from Amazon and present a list of feature requests and complaints,” from David Gaughran.
“Authoright has rapidly become the leading provider of marketing and PR services for authors and publishers today.”
9 tips on how to use Twitter successfully, from Cindy Ratzlaff.
“eBookBundles.com is the parent site of a new network of e-book retail storefronts focused on genres—including retail sites for sci-fi, romance and fantasy–that offers bundles of titles by a variety of authors at an economical price. Bundles start at $4.99 and typically include three to six titles from well-known authors …
“HarperCollins has started a new program called e-Insider that will deliver digital galleys to its authors to use in their promotional efforts. The program will deliver what HC called a “limited number” of e-galleys, as well as finished e-books, through a proprietary platform and, using a QR code, authors can …
Be the first BookRix indie author to sell 10,000 eBooks during our promotion and receive an additional $5,000 bestseller bonus!
RCS Libri announced their new project, which allows ebook samples to be streamed on Pinterest. “Here’s our new value proposition to book readers: Whenever they like a book cover featured in one of our Pinterest boards, they can click on it and immediately open the book in digital …
A list of helpful questions to ask beta readers for a novel.
13 blog post blunders and how to avoid them.
An exercise to help you find your ideal reader.
“Self-publishing services platform Lulu has partnered with book data firm BookLamp to offer self-publishing authors a deep, data-driven view into what is really inside their manuscripts. Dubbed Helix, the new service allows Lulu customers to send their book manuscripts through BookLamp’s data machine which tells them how much their book …
Freelancer now lets people crowdsource for any project, using contests.
A detailed description of writing a successful marketing plan for self-published authors, by Nick Thacker.
Udemy offers online courses.
“E Ink Holdings, the company that developed the concept of electronic paper and the technology used for e-ink screens on dedicated e-readers, has developed E Ink Mobius, a new version of the technology that is more flexible, lighter and more durable than previous e-ink screens. […] The device is designed …
“Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the launch of its Life PrintSM program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books.”
MyWrite is an app that lets authors electronically sign books.
Authorgraph lets authors electronically sign books.
Autography is a service that allows authors to sign books electronically.
“Amazon is launching an innovative licensing and publishing program targeting the flourishing world of online fan fiction—unauthorized amateur works created by fans and based on popular copyrighted franchises.”
The Masquerade Crew is a site that reviews indie books.
The latest Pew study found that teens “focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.”
The Reading Room is an independent social reading site, similar to Goodreads.
Steve Jobs’ thoughts on music DRM, from 2007, which applies to DRM on e-books.
The New York Times is trying to claim copyright on open-source code.
“Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts.”
The annual BookStats about the publishing industry is available for pre-order, with a June release date. “eBooks grew 45% since 2011 and now constitute 20% of the Trade market, playing an integral role in 2012 Trade revenue.”
Google Play now allows sideloaded e-books to be uploaded to Google Drive and synced, the first platform to do so.
Data showing the agency model increased e-book prices, according to the DoJ.
Lulu has a tool to help analyze a title’s potential for being a best seller.
StoryNexus, a platform to create interactive elements of a story.
“Black Crown is a web-based story-game that will use micropayments to unlock extra narratives and social elements.”
“According to our study, conducted by Bowker Market Research, the number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double over the next two years.”
“Ebooks are now a relatively stable force in the U.S. trade book publishing industry, making up 20 percent of the trade (consumer) book industry in 2012,” according to BookStats.
Pottermore, a “strategy as a gateway to sell ebooks has been a bit of a case study on how to start an e-commerce site and maintain control over the entire experience,” won the UK Bookseller Industry award.
Newspapers big and small are releasing ebooks and returning to serialization.
Amazon customers can now use Amazon’s virtual coins to purchase digital items; Kindle Fire users received 500 free coins, worth $5.
“Overdrive has gained the support of over 3,000 libraries for a new pilot project to take ebook accessibility to an entirely new level. The intention behind this new initiative is to create a global ‘library book club.’”
Screwpulp is a startup where authors self-publish using a crowd driven pricing model; books start as free and increase in price as more people download them.
Flowboard is a free iPad app that lets you easily create magazines and ebooks.
Information on iTunes revenue and download types.
Theatrics, a crowd-sourced platform where fans create videos for author stories.
PSB MediaShift now publishes e-books around its show’s content.
Email newsletters are still the most profitable marketing strategies.
Steps on how to be interesting on Facebook.
Smashwords found that longer books, shorter titles, and $3 books tend to sell more.
Jack Perry thinks the hack that displayed 50 pages of Candace Bushnell’s latest novel could be good marketing to boost sales.
Earn money blogging by using Blogsvertise.
A list of 101 websites for the freelance writer.
Advice for published and aspiring writers, from an editor and author.
List of part-time and full-time writing and magazine jobs.
Find beta readers to help polish your manuscript.
Source of jobs for freelance writers.
Author’s Promoter is a site that promotes authors by categorizing their work.
Colleen Hoover used a popular bands music in her ebook to get a wave of fans and become a bestselling author.
Fun quiz about which books are real and which are fake (hint 7 of them are real self-published bestsellers).
An argument on how ebooks are a symptom of disruptive innovation.
Why Author Solutions and some vanity presses are scams.
One sentiment regarding the recent announcement of the end of TOC.
SLEbooks, or Script Lit eBooks, is a startup that turns screenplays into ebook novellas.
Sourcebooks and Overdrive are working together to demonstrate data on how influential libraries are on book sales.
Five motivations for picking a book to read.
Use the NaNoWriMo word count meter on your website to show your progress on your short story or book (it’s what Hugh Howey does!)
Stop-motion video that goes into the history of typography.
Now the Kindle iOS app has voice over reading for the blind and visually impaired.
Six bestselling self-published authors divulge how many books they’ve sold.
“Fidus Writer is an online collaborative editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas. The editor focuses on the content rather than the layout, so that with the same text, you can later on publish it in multiple ways: On a website, as a printed book, …
Tor.com, an imprint of Macmillan, stopped using DRM on its e-books one year ago, and has not seen any increase in piracy because of it.
The Atlantic will be publishing its own e-book shorts, starting with Denial.
What ever author website should have, including contact information, email sign-up, and books.
Andrew Savikas, the CEO of Safari Books Online, says now is a good time for subscription models for books.
Amazon will no longer allow short stories to be sold on Kindle.
Kobo is promoting Dan Brown’s The Inferno with three short stories, an unsolved puzzle, and a $5,000 prize.
“The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.”
Guides and motivation to finish writing a novel, via Now Novel.
Indie authors band together to promote their books, via a boxed set.
“hackNY aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community.”
Over 90% of publishers expect to build reader online communities in the next two years.
Bardowl, a site that lets you stream audiobooks to your phone.
idreambooks is the Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic of e-books.
Novelspot, a network for writers.
Grants for writers.
Grants for writers.
Scholarships for writers.
Bringshare, aggregating social media.
Online publishing with Tizra.
A library in Richmond, VA will house 1,000 books containing stories written by local residents, as part of a public art project.
According to DBW, the average price of e-book bestsellers has dropped to the $4-8 range.
A list of 10 tools online that can help you save time and automate tasks.
Kindle has released a comic creator, that allows PDFs, jpgs, epub, mobi files and more to be uploaded and turned into digital comic books.
Article by Aaron Steven Miller on how to change the future of publishing, even with Amazon.
Ganxy offers new promotional tools so publishers can give away e-books to a select group of readers.
David Gaughran breaks down what it means that 25% of Nook sales are self-published e-books.
Sony has a new interactive map to help readers find the next bestselling book they want to read.
First ever hackathon to come up with ideas to solve the problem of book discoverability. Winners will present at the 2013 BEA.
Indie romance books are more often becoming bestsellers.
One author explains how podcasting increases readership of books.
Fantasy author Silvia Hartmann wrote her novel live on Google docs.
Etherpad is an open-source editor that allows people to collaborate online in real time.
See the LibraryThing community write and contribute in realtime on Piratenpad what makes LibraryThing different from other social sites about books.
New transmedia content platform, Galahad.
Chart showing what people read versus what they share with friends.
NY Times has software that creates haikus from their news stories.
Flipboard could be the tool to replace Google Reader.
History of Amazon acquisitions, in lieu of the newest one, Goodreads.
Seth Godin on why it’s better to not have curation in order to let good content shine through.
An informal poll that shows publishing industry salaries.
PR by the Book, a boutique literary marketing agency.
TechCrunch on how the business of publishing is “blowing shit up.”
Amy Einhorn and several authors stopped in multiple cities on an author soiree tour, to promote books.
Netflix customer statistics.
Nothing Binding connects writers, readers, and book buyers.
Data from World Bank.
Research data from IMF eLibrary.
CEIC Data, for startups.
Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local trade data, and much more, on Infoshare Online.
A look at companies publishing digital first comics.
A site that lets readers discover free e-books.
Tell My Friends is a site to share music, e-books, apps, and videos.
Aaron Stanton, founder of BookLamp, compared the sexiness of 50 Shades of Grey with other publications, using metadata.
Bibliocrunch lists helpful sales tracking tools to determine the success of a book’s marketing plan and/or promotions.
The Indie Writers Network helps connect indie writers around the globe.
There is less emotional language in books now than in the beginning of the 20th century, says The Atlantic Wire.
Making books discoverable using search engine optimization (SEO), according to Nick Ruffilo on Publishing Perspectives.
It’s hard to sell books using social media. One author explains why on Self Publishing Review.
Many journalists are moving to jobs for companies, covering trends and news, but now working as “brand journalists.”
Jane Friedman outlines 5 trends writers should know about.
Add a “Send to Kindle” button to your blog so readers can download and read your posts on their Kindle when they want.
One author’s success story using KDP Select.
Publishing may become part of every company’s business strategy in the future.
6 Tips to Successfully Crowdfund a Project
Create and publish magazines with Uniflip.
Open standard media player for video, audio, HTML5, and flash.
Interactive content, minus the coding, with MAZ.
HTML5 content apps.
Creating HTML5 apps.
Demographic data for research.
Guidelines for Global Book Contest 2013.
Authro, a marketing site for self-published authors.
Red14Films creates book trailers.
Why proofing a book is important: ‘Hardcore adult pornography’ discovered in charity children’s book
Gluejar, a site that gets books into public domain.
LendInk, lend and read e-books.
Book Country, an online community for writers.
BookRix, an online community for writers.
Samples of e-books using EPUB3.
Guide to making e-books.
Formatting an e-book to display on the Kindle app on iPad.
How to tag HTML in Word docs to convert to e-books.
Make sure your e-book looks right on all devices by validating your CSS stylesheets on W3C.
Top 10 mistakes self-publishers make.
A technical guide to building e-books.
Kindle formatting tips for e-books on Amazon.
Quality assurance for e-books. Possibly worth it.
Adding page breaks to e-books for Amazon.
Amazon’s Kindlegen makes MOBI e-books larger than necessary.
Guidelines for publishing on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
IDPF’s guidelines for creating ebooks using EPUB3.
Online flash fiction literary magazine.
Hourly update of the success of a free promotion of self-published e-book, The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien, on Amazon.
10 marketing strategies for self-publishers. Number one is to keep writing.
Publisher’s Weekly compiled a list of the bestselling e-books of 2012.
WordPress plugin performance.
How to increase blog traffic 150%.
Association for editorial freelancers.
Free online classes Udacity.
Free online classes at Coursera.
Database of the U.S. Census.
Literary magazine, Tin House.
Literary magazine Sleet.
Literary magazine, Zoetrope.
Undergraduate-run literary magazine, Berkeley Fiction Review.
Literary magazine, Colorado Review, publishes three times a year.
Literary magazine, Gulf Coast.
Online literary magazine that sends one story at a time, One-Story.
Online magazine, Creative Nonfiction.
Literary magazine, New England Review.
Published twice year, the literary magazine Santa Monica Review.
Literary magazine, published twice a year, Breakwater Review.
Online literary magazine for short stories, Fifty-Two Stories, run by Harper Perennial.
Five Chapters, an online literary magazine that publishes a new chapter each day.
Literary magazine Timothy McSweeney’s.
Online literary magazine, Flash Fiction.
Online literary magazine, Narrative.
Bloodroot literary magazine.
A list of literary magazines and publishers open to submissions at Duotrope.
A list of literary magazines on Every Writers Resource.
Literary Marketplace, a database of publishers.
Council of Literary Magazines
Nebraska Center for Writers list of Literary Magazines.
Write a manuscript in the iPad app, Manuscript.
Create a story in the iPad app, Scribble Press.
Create a personal story on the iPad app, Fairy Tale.
Create a book within an app on iPad.
Create books as apps with Demibooks.
Coordinate a blog tour with fellow authors on Discover Authors.
An app to create books and share them as apps.
Poets & Writers list of literary magazines
Distribute your e-book via Smashwords.
How to set up an account and sell books on iTunes.
Get recommended books to read from Book Gorilla.
Author Elle Lothlorien’s formula for having a successful free promotion on Amazon.
A way to effectively promote a book’s free day on Amazon.
Net Minds, building a team to create a book, like a startup.
Five writing tips for writing non-fiction from Blake Bailey.
Find agents in the UK.
Coliloquy, digital content that is episodic, and highly engaged with readers.
Ideas for how to promote books offline, from the bookdesigner.com.
Books are now being treated as start-ups, says the New Yorker.
Tips for becoming a newspaper columnist.
Submissions to a creative non-fiction literary journal.
Black Lawrence Press publishes chapbooks.
Literary agency Wolf.
Submission page for Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Database to help find literary agents.
A mailing list for Every Writers Resource.
A list of things to do before starting a literary magazine.
A list of legal issues to consider when starting an online literary magazine.
Publishers Global, a directory and list of events and news in the publishing industry.
E-Reads is an independent e-book publisher.
Free website theme from Smashing Magazine that could be used for author websites.
Reasons web design is important and what it can do for you, by the logocompany.
Exploring video game culture and history with Game Pop.