There’s been a lot of head scratching on the LinkedIn threads I frequent about how exactly Konrath’s new deal is doing what he says it is doing – cutting out the middleman between the author and the reader (see my post from yesterday).
He’s signed up with a new service for an unspecified three figure amount, and will be selling through this service.
Since his blog is high traffic, no one is able to figure out how he benefits by not selling to his readers directly (and instead paying someone to sell it). If someone has knowledge about this, I would love to know.
When it comes to ebooks and sales, Joe Konrath is up there with Amanda Hocking and John Locke. Now comes the news that he’s found a new way to cut out the middleman between the author and the reader. Click here for advice from the man himself.
Smashword’s Mark Coker has an interesting article on how readers discover ebooks. The most common way, according to his poll, is recommendation from fellow readers on various online forums and message boards. Click here for the entire article.
The 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award
Some of the benefits it promises:
AWARDS/BENEFITS: * $2,000 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books) * Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book * Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best cover * Winner and First Runner-Up awarded for every category * Honorable Mentions for every category * Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books * Coverage in The US Review of Books (www.theUSreview.com) and on www.HofferAward.com * Gold Seal Certificates * Worldwide Exposure Does have a $50 entry fee. Click here for details.
Crowdfunding is a new way for writers to be published. The idea is simple. Upload 10 pages of your book to the site PubSlush. Readers read through the submission. If something catches their fancy, they support it.
Great article from Nancy J. Cohen on how to make a book trailer.
Amazon’s Kindle is preparing to launch out as a tablet, an Android based touchscreen, hitting stores (US) late November for $250.The cool thing is that buyers will receive a free subscription to Amazon Prime (unlimited two day shipping, and free access to instant video).
Sony’s new touchscreen will not tie you down to a particular store (unlike kindle). Some features – it’ll let you highlight with your finger, let you touch a word to bring up its meaning. Click here for details on the Sony.