Category Archives: Self Publishing

New Articles of Interest

Here’s what I’ve been reading (and listening to) this week:

In E-Publishing Revolution, Rights Battle Wears On : NPR

How to self-publish an e-book – CNET News

How will ebookstores earn your loyalty?

New gov’t rules allow unapproved iPhone apps

LibriVox – free audiobooks in the public domain

Upstart E-readers Fade to Black as Tablets Gain Momentum

Cheapie Android tablets: Are libraries planning ahead for them?

Amazon: Kindle Books Now Outselling Hardcovers

30 Million People In U.S. Will Own eReaders By 2015

What Is Google Editions? – Culture – The Atlantic

Publishing & Self-Publishing: Where Is the Tipping Point?

ebrary announces public library program

ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection.  The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts.  Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.

Bowker Report on Book Production – Non-traditional books surge

Bowker released a report today on U.S. Book production.  Among their projections:  U.S. book production in 2009 remained flat but 2009 was an extraordinary year of growth for “non-traditional” books.  According to the press release,  these [non-traditional] books, marketed almost exclusively on the web, are largely on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications.  Bowker projects that 764,448 titles were produced that fall outside Bowker’s traditional publishing and classification definitions.  This number is a 181% increase over 2008 — which doubled 2007’s output – driving total book production over 1,000,000 units for the first time. ”

Thanks to GalleyCat for the post.

10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians

Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.  Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network   about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.  While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries.  I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading