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Let’s Have A Shindig

Let’s Have A Shindig

No, I am serious….I do mean a shindig. Shindig, the brainchild of Steve Gottlieb, is one of the newest online platforms to bring authors closer to their fans/readers. Shindig is a video chat platform where you not only get to interact with the author/speaker but the audience too. The author can do live readings from their latest books as well as live Q&A. Its application can be extended to talks, interviews and book tours. Plus, it can accommodate a group of 50 to 500.
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eBooks: What Does The Future Hold?

eBooks: What Does The Future Hold?

eBooks have done to the physical book and audiobook what MP3 did to LPs and CDs respectively. Figures tell us that they are selling over and beyond other book formats. As it is, we already have enhanced eBooks – doing everything but singing and dancing (some might do). Then there were the Apps. And all this is great especially if we are quid’s in.

And so, I reckon eBooks will be around for a while and boom even further as we have only just started to exploit them. There is so much more we can do with our digital content.
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Buy One, Get The Rest Free: The New ebook Serial Model?

Buy One, Get The Rest Free: The New ebook Serial Model?

Today, Publisher weekly published an article announcing Amazon’s intent regarding indle Serials. Though the concept of serials is not new, Amazons proposes what I refer to as a pay-now-buy-later model (actually, they call it a pay-once model). In simple terms, it means you pay once and get the rest of the serial free when the new titles in the series are published.

I think the concept of serials is a good marketing ploy that can be used for both new titles and old titles. In the case of the latter, these titles could be ‘revived’ back to life especially those not even in electronic form, much less Kindle.
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Can Independent Booksellers Survive Without Tapping Into The eBook Boom?

Can Independent Booksellers Survive Without Tapping Into The eBook Boom?

In years past, booksellers have relied on people walking into their shops to buy books. But sadly, the numbers of such have been diminishing through the years as we see the rise of online retailers, aided by modern technology, who not only offer physical books but digital books too. This means customers don’t have to leave the comforts of their offices, homes or even beds to purchase a book. The biggest, as we know, is Amazon which offers physical, eBooks and audiobooks. So, can booksellers afford not to join in?

Well, we have all seen the figures flying about over the past few years, as how eBooks have overtaken the sale of physical books. My last few years visiting the London Book Fair have seen an explosion of companies offering to either create eBooks or sell them for you.
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How Technology Is Changing Readers Habits

How Technology Is Changing Readers Habits

In my first post, I mentioned that I was an avid reader as a child. I could finish a book in a day – no matter the length. Fast forward three decades later, I was struggling to finish a book in a year (I kid you not!). With a busy schedule and a cluttered lifestyle, I joined many a book lovers who struggled with lugging their books about much less reading them. To make matters worse for me, being sat in front of a screen all day made my eyes tired. The last thing I wanted to do was to pick up a book and read. I wanted to indulge in my passion but the current format just was not working for me.
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Is Cheap Really Cheerful, Long Term?

Is Cheap Really Cheerful, Long Term?

Are we cheapening eBooks? Setting The Publishing Industry For Failure?

First, we heard of cheap eBooks, then there was the flurry of £0.99p books followed by free books. Ok, whilst some are cheap(er) for a limited time, some remain so as a ploy to sell more books. But I wonder is this the best way forward.

According to John Locke, author of ‘How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months‘, he believes this is the best way to position his self-published eBook titles against traditional and/or big publishing houses although his paperback versions are within the regular price bracket.
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