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 […]
Author: Nicholas Rossis
Nicholas is editor-in-chief at Azure Fire Publishing. He lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award.
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
Reedsy recently published an inspired infographic on the differences between the third person limited point of view (PoV) and the third person omniscient one. As they say, an image is worth a thousand words, so here is the perfect way to understand the differences between the two. Many thanks to Reedsy for letting me share this.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, demonstrating the importance of visual communication. Which is why we are excited to announce Robin Lythgoe as our Vice President of Visual Imagination. Ensuring the top quality of all of our visual communication will be among the main tasks Robin will assume. Reading and writing have always […]