Infographic: Amazon’s Extraordinary History

In just 23 years, Amazon has gone from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more. On the right is a meme circulating on the Internet, with a 1999 Bezos in his office. A long way from his current status of being the wealthiest man on […]

KDP Print Makes Changes. What Does That Mean For Authors?

A lot of authors, especially Indie ones, have been using CreateSpace for years now to publish their works. Createspace, which makes books, CDs, and DVDs on demand, was initially known as BookSurge, a startup that Amazon bought in 2005. Back then, few imagined that Amazon would gradually roll the company’s services into its own. But that’s […]

2017 FSFNet Fall ‘Keep Writing’ Challenge Winners

Here at Azure Fire our mission is to: Enrich the literary heritage of youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction; Inspire, teach, publish, and enable new authors of all ages and ethnicities to produce youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction which promote imagination, creativity, literary traditions, and tolerance; and Encourage people of all ages and ethnicities to read […]

Amazon Steps Up Its Anti-fraud Efforts

Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. Foremost among these are fake reviews, but a couple of months ago it stepped up its anti-fraud efforts by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals. According to the company, these offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading […]

Amazon Kindle Is 10-Years-Old Today

Ten years ago, on November 19th, 2007, Amazon introduced Kindle to the world, for US$399. It sold out in five and a half hours, even though there were just 88,000 books available for download. The device remained out of stock for five months. However, that’s hardly Kindle’s greatest success: that honor goes to the fact […]

Is The Ebook Market Shrinking?

I was talking to the lawyer of a big publishing house the other day. We were discussing ebooks, and he made the claim that ebooks were just a fad, and one that is dying off at that. Obviously, this surprised me, so I asked him about his sources. “Sector publications,” he said, somewhat vaguely. He was right: several […]

2017 FSFNet Summer ‘Keep Writing’ Challenge Winners Announced

Here at Azure Fire our mission is to: Enrich the literary heritage of youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction; Inspire, teach, publish, and enable new authors of all ages and ethnicities to produce youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction which promote imagination, creativity, literary traditions, and tolerance; and Encourage people of all ages and ethnicities to read […]

Digitizing A 6-Feet-Tall Atlas

Are you looking for an impressive image to add to your blog? All you have to do is Google for it and it appears, as if by magic, on your screen—even if it’s an image taken from a centuries-old book. Spare a thought, however, for the poor people who have been tasked with putting it online […]

Myth Dispelled: Youngsters Do Read!

I have written before about the reality behind the myth that youngsters no longer read. Now, a Pew Research Center survey has the surprising answer to the question, which adult generation is more likely to have visited a public library in the past year: it’s the Millennials. Yes, the same Millennials widely accused of not reading! […]

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