Archive for the ‘Ebooks’ Category

Publishing #contracts and #royalties in the Big Bad World

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Jane Friedman has great advice on Writers Unboxed for authors in this brave new world of electronic publishing. Click here for the post.

KOBO Ups Royalties for The Self-Published

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Kobo, the Japanese counterpart to Amazon, is running a limited time promotion. Between September 1 and November 30 all ebooks priced between $1.99 and $12.99 will earn their authors 80 percent royalty (vs. Amazon’s 70%).

If the book is priced outside of this range, the author will earn 45% royalties (vs. Amazon’s 35%).

Kobo, anyone?

Buy My Book, Be My Beta-Reader?

June 25, 2012 2 comments

There’s an interesting post on a wordpress blog by someone who calls herself VacuousMinx, on rushing to publish. She talks about an author who’s been engaging her reviewers, making changes to her book based on reader suggestions and re-uploading, if there’s such a word, to Amazon. At what point do you cross the line from engaging readers of your books, to using them as your beta readers?

Apparently another author made changes to her book based on reader feedback (the 1 star ones), and i now sells both versions online; f she gets complaints about the ending, she suggests the reader buy the other copy as well.

What do you think about this?

Categories: Amazon and Kindle, Ebooks

Ebook rights: why you need to hang on to them

June 22, 2012 3 comments

A report in says, and I quote:

The Association of American Publishers released a report today that shows that ebooks have beaten hardcover revenues for the first time. Ebook revenues topped out at $282.3 million YTD while hardcovers hit $229.6. Almost exactly a year ago the tables were turned with ebooks hitting $220 million and hardcovers brushing past $335 million.


All the more reason to hang-on to the rights of your ebooks. Someone I know of signed a deal with a small press. They’re getting 30% of the ebook revenues after Amazon takes their cut. I don’t know how much the publisher will price the book at, but lets say it is $5. The publisher makes 70% of $5, which is  $3.50. The author nets 30% of $3.50 = $1.05.

Since paperback sales are declining, I don’t like the idea of giving ebook rights away, since it is so easy to upload to Amazon yourself.

I know, I know – the publisher does the editing and book cover, you’re saying. But you can hire a professional editor and book cover designer yourself for a *one time fee.* By paying out royalties, someone else is making money on your work into perpetuity. For paperbacks, where there is distribution and warehousing and promotion, in addition to editing and print book formatting and cover designing, I can see the need for royalties.

But for ebooks?


Microsoft to invest $300M in Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-book platform

April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

So you think Amazon is a monopoly? Now comes the news that Microsoft is set to enter the ebook space. Click here for the story from the Apple Insider.

Book Reviewers Sought: Los Angeles Review literary journal

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The Los Angeles Review literary journal is looking for three to five book reviewers. These reviewers will primarily be responsible for our new online review section, which includes reviews of self-published books. Some reviews may also be published in the print journal. Fiction, poetry and nonfiction reviewers are all welcome to apply. Online reviews are 200 to 500 words in length. Print reviews are 200 to 300 words.

Applicants should have some experience reviewing books, preferably for a literary journal. This is a volunteer position at this time; a stipend may be added in the future.

To apply, please send an email to the Book Review Editor, at LAReview.bookreviews(at) (replace (at) with @) in sending email). A resume/CV and links to published reviews are appreciated. To find out more about us, please visit our web site at

Courtesy: the crwropps-b yahoo group

Connecticut libraries announce Random House ebook boycott

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Click here to see why.

Ebook Millionaires: How Are Paperback Sales?

April 5, 2012 3 comments

Everyone knows that John Locke sold a million copies of his 99cent ebooks. Based on this, he signed a pretty lucrative deal Simon & Schuster. But his paperbacks haven’t been doing quite as well.

Amanda Hocking, on the other hand, who signed with St. Martin’s Press, is selling very well.

More on this story here.

Autographing ebooks

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

With the rise in popularity of ebooks comes the need for electronic autographs. Kindlegraph’s been around for a bit, but only now do I see enough people using it. For a primer on Kindlegraph, click here.

B&N Declares War on Amazon; Readers Tell Writer What to Write

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve not been posting as often as before mainly because I’m readying my book for publication. Hope to have out mid-March. Should any of you wish to write a review of my book (for which I’ll be extremely grateful — click here for the synopsis), feel free to ask for a complimentary copy. Now to more interesting matters.

Barnes & Noble will not stock books by Amazon Publishing,’s publishing imprint. Click here for the story.

According to an NPR story, and I quote:Dominque Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks, is experimenting with the “agile publishing” model — which allows authors and readers to interact as the book is still being written.

“You really are publishing into a community already,” Raccah says. “So what you are going to be doing is developing that book in front of that community, having the community interact with the author to develop the book [and] provide feedback.”


Not sure what I feel about this model.