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The Small Town Producing 140 Million Books A Year

The last page of your favorite mystery novel probably offers this brief, final mystery: “Printed and bound in Berryville, Virginia.” Just where is Berryville, you may ask. A question that can only grow when you learn that a town of some 4,000 people is responsible for producing some 140 million books a year. A Trappist […]

Authors, Please Don’t Act Like Scammers

Since June 2017, author David Gaughran has written a series of posts complaining about scammers breaking the Kindle Store and about Amazon’s frequently heavy-handed approach to dealing with the problem. The main culprit is so-called click-farmed titles and other dodgy marketing practices. If anything, the problem seems to have grown worse since then. This is because […]

7 Of The Most Successful Rejects

A large part of being a publisher is evaluating manuscripts. Sadly, not all of them can get published. However, getting rejected usually only means your book doesn’t fit a publisher’s profile or publishing schedule. Here are seven people who had to go through multiple rejections to become some of the most successful people around! 7 Of […]

Google Changes Images Policy

Google recently made a subtle change to its image search — but one that may have big repercussions for copyright. The company has now removed the “view image” button from image search, which will make it trickier to save copyrighted images directly. Once a direct link to a high-resolution version of your chosen image, the “view […]

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. What it is the most famous for, however, is that it is undeniably the world’s largest bookstore. A fun fact is that when it made this claim in 1997, Barnes & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

Describers vs. Prescribers: Reaching a Linguistic Common Ground

When I published my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proofread. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s […]

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