Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/11/2012

HOW AN ENTERPRISING AUTHOR SOLD A MILLION SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS
The Internet has created fantastic opportunities for writers willing to take an alternative route to success. Novelist CJ Lyons is living proof… [read more]
Source: CopyBlogger

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK APP COMES TO WINDOWS 8
Microsoft is investing $300 million in Nook Media LLC, the subsidiary formed by Barnes & Noble and Microsoft that is focused on digital reading and digital education. Microsoft has also committed $180 million over three years in revenue-sharing… [read more]
Source: The Seattle Times

SELF-PUBLISHING FIRM LULU SHEDS 9 JOBS IN RALIEGH, COULD CUT MORE
Raleigh-based Lulu, which provides self-publishing services around the world, has made layoffs at its headquarters and other locations. The company is owned by Red Hat co-founder Bob Young. Nine positions were cut in Raleigh and an undisclosed… [read more]
Source: WRAL Tech Wire

PLANTING THE BOOK PUBLICITY SEED
You have a written a novel (or self-help manual or cookbook or memoir). You have published it (either through a major publishing house, a small press, self-publishing, or e-book). It is ready to go out into the work or it’s already out there on shelves… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

SKYPE: ASPIRING AUTHORS GET FREE SELF-PUBLISHING SEMINARS
With many constraints encountered by aspiring authors who want to have their books published but cannot meet the criteria set by mainstream publishers, self-publishing is the way to go. This method of getting your book out there to the public has… [read more]
Source: Canadian National Newspaper

AMAZON: WAL-MART AND TARGET SCRAMBLE TO COMPETE ON BLACK ‘THURSDAY’
Other changes also point to the retail war against Amazon. In September 2012, Wal-Mart finally figured out that it needed to stop selling the Amazon Kindle in its stores. Wal-Mart customers were using the Kindle to compare prices while shopping… [read more]
Source: Seeking Alpha

11 TIPS FOR MAXIMISING YOUR E-BOOK SALES
Go Multi-Channel: Ensure your ebook is available across as many retail channels as possible, including Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes and Noble’s Nook store, the Kobo store, Google Play, etc. etc. The more places you position your book, the more… [read more]
Source: Business 2 Community

DIGITAL-ONLY PUBLISHING: AN EVERYDAY TALE OF PRINT, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
For his latest novel, Channel Sk1n, Noon decided to publish independently, and only in digital. He says this gives him more freedom in his writing, and more connection to his fans. Those fans aren’t just in the UK either: rather than only becoming… [read more]
Source: The Guardian

E-BOOKS AND THE RACE TO PUBLICATION
Of the many benefits to come from digital publishing, the reduction of seemingly unnecessary delays and hold times has been one of the most popular for authors, publishers, and readers alike. Where books on current events or notable figures would often… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE REVIEW: THIS IS THE BEST E-READER MONEY CAN BUY
Time for the tablets to come in and clean up shop.” But these old stalwarts are alive and doing quite well, thank you very much. Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is a shining example of why e-readers aren’t going extinct anytime soon. It’s the best… [read more]
Source: TechnoBuffalo

WHY RANDOM AND PENGUIN MUST MERGE
Sixty years ago the founders of Penguin and Random House contemplated a merger, but now their successors are going forward with one. There’s no other choice against the might of Amazon and the huge changes of digital publishing… [read more]
Source: Daily Beast

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