Amazon’s Used E-Book Plans – Join in the Discussion!

Jim Brown goes over some of the main points of Amazon’s used ebook sales plans and raises the key questions that authors and publishers will need answers from. Of course, at the the moment, there’s little information regarding Amazon’s plans (par for the course for Amazon) and so we’re left to speculate on:

  • a) how this will work
  • b) which books will be involved
  • c) how much will authors/publishers get
  • d) whether rights-holders will be able to opt out

Listen to Jim discuss the main points, and DO feel free to comment/add your own questions!

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What Does It Take To Be A “Bestselling Author”? $3 and 5 Minutes. | Observer

Like any entity the size of Amazon there will be some flaws in the system. Here, Brent Underwood exposes what could be a serious issue in the Amazon “Best-seller” system – and why that #1 Bestseller banner you see beside a title may be vastly misleading.

How many copies did I need to sell be able to call up my mother and celebrate my newfound authorial achievements? Three. Yes, a total of three copies to become a best-selling author. And I bought two of those copies myself!

The reason people aspire to call themselves “bestselling author” is because it dramatically increases your credibility and “personal brand.” It can establish you as a thought leader. You’re able to show that you not only wrote a book, but that the market has judged it to be better than other books out there. It’s a status symbol, one of that cashes in on the prestige of one of man’s oldest past-times. At last, I had acquired this coveted title for myself.

Source: What Does It Take To Be A “Bestselling Author”? $3 and 5 Minutes. | Observer

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Amazon is Secretly Developing a Used e-Book Marketplace

I can remember a few years ago hearing some quiet rumors that Amazon were considering ways to utilize “used e-books”. In January 2016 Amazon released a huge document outlining a Canadian patent with plans to implement a used e-book market, one which will allow some (as yet unknown) level of rights-payment to the registered rights-holder, while at the same time making sure the original purchaser has no more access to the e-book. Now, that will work if DRM has been applied to the title, and not cracked, but if no DRM is applied then the original purchaser could already have taken a copy of the file BEFORE giving it back for “resale”. That’s not the ideal situation, of course, but compare that to the used print book market, where the rights holder gets nothing on a resale.

Another point of consideration, of which there’s no information as yet, is whether authors/publishers will be able to “opt-out” of any reselling of their titles. It might be that Amazon concentrate on the massive library of Kindle Select titles for this venture, of which they have much more control over rights.

“Amazon is in the process of developing a secret project that will allow users to sell their e-books. When digital books are resold a portion of the revenue will be paid to the rights holder. This should placate publishers who can earn revenue on used products, something they can’t do with used bookstores in the real world.

Amazon is planning on creating a new section of the…”

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Write a Book with James Patterson

Are you a budding mystery or thriller writer? How about the chance in a million to collaborate with one of the best?

James Patterson is giving authors the chance to do just that via his MasterClass site. You have to be enrolled in MasterClass, then submit you idea for a novel. There’s only one month left to do it, as it closes on March 22nd. For full details visit the MasterClass website.

Cash prizes are also on the line for those who don’t quite make it.

Source: MasterClass

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Bite Sized e-books are Taking the World by Storm

Do PIGEONHOLE, SERIAL READER, CRAVE,  and ROOSTER mean anything to you? If a growing trend has anything to do with it they soon will – they are all apps that allow readers to receive serialized novels.

Serialized fiction first gained prominence in Victorian England and first appeared in newspapers. It was practiced by such literary giants as Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and Joseph Conrad.  It fell out of favor in the last fifty years, but is now making a rebound thanks to the iPhone.

Apple is showcasing two new e-reading apps under their new and notable category on the main App Store homepage…

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What Do You Do When Your Book Pitch Tanks? – [SWP: Behind the Book]

It takes courage to share your writing with the world because everyone has something to say, sometimes in ways that nurture, sometimes in ways that scorch.

Early in my writing days, I received some unexpected praise from a mentor-author. When I thanked him, he must have heard my embarrassment. He shot back, “As a writer, praise is rare, criticism abounds. So take my praise and enjoy it.”

It wouldn’t take long before I discovered what he meant about the critics.

When it comes to art, everyone is a critic, and sometimes very vocal. But we shouldn’t forget that art is in the eye, the heart, and the ear, of the beholder.

Case in point…

Source: [SWP: Behind the Book] Getting Past Doubt and Back to Creativity – She Writes

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What Are Flat Adverbs? | bigwords101

Flat adverbs? Is this yet another grammatical thing we need to know about? Well, yes and no, but it isn’t difficult.

Let’s start at the beginning. Adverbs are the part of speech that “describe” verbs. They usually tell how or when or to what extent. And they can also describe adjectives or other adverbs. And to review, adjectives are the part of speech that usually describe nouns (or pronouns), tellingwhat kind. Here are some examples of adverbs:

  • He talks quietly. (Quietly is an adverb that tells how he talks.)
  • We will leave soon. (Soon is an adverb that tells when we will leave.)
  • He talks extremely quietly. (Extremely is an adverb describing another adverb – quietly – that tells to what extent.)
  • She is really pretty. (Here, really is an adverb describing the adjective pretty, telling to what extent.)

You have probably noticed that many (probably most) adverbs…

Source: bigwords101 — What Are Flat Adverbs?


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How White People Can Respond to Book Publishing’s Lack of Diversity – She Writes

On Wednesday night (February 10), I sat on a panel to kick off the 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference. Its title was “Celebrating Diversity: Opportunities for Writers of Color in Today’s Publishing Landscape.” Weeks ago, when the panel was finalized and I realized I was the only white panelist, I figured I’d been invited because I identify as lesbian, and because I’m aware of publishing’s diversity problem to the level of at least being able to speak about it and own it. It turns out, though, I was misread as hapa, or half-Asian (not an uncommon occurrence). So the panel that was to be an all person-of-color panel ended up with one white girl on it.

Because of this hapa look I have going on, I’ve experienced the smallest sliver of what it feels like to be labeled as “other.” People have told me I’m “exotic-looking,” which is basically a acceptable way of telling someone they look foreign, or different. I’ve been on the other side of a scrutinizing gaze, followed by a probing question: What’s your…

Source: How White People Can Respond to Book Publishing’s Lack of Diversity – She Writes

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Scribd Revises Its Subscription Model


On the back of the recent Oyster Ebook Subscription close-down, Scribd this week announced a change to its ebook subscription service that executives say will enable the company to expand and offer a wider variety of titles.

Under the new plan, Scribd’s subscription service will essentially be a hybrid offering. Monthly subscribers will be issued Monthly Read credits that will enable them to read three e-books and one audiobook every month from the full Scribd library while still being able to read an unlimited number of books from Scribd Selects, a rotating selection of titles. There will be no change in the service’s $8.99 monthly price. In addition, monthly users will be able to roll over unused credits, so that those who read less than three books in a month can read more titles in subsequent months.

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