With perhaps as many as 600,000 indie books appearing each year, the library market is a tough nut to crack for the self-published. But what if Library Journal vetted your e-book and—let’s be optimistic—pronounced it library-worth? That’s the idea of SELF-e, and in a guest post in Jane Friedman’s blog, publishing consultant Porter Anderson explores […]
Last week FutureBook asked, how big is the self-publishing market? The simple answer is that only Amazon knows. The more complex answer is that it is big enough - and growing.
Porter Anderson and I used various approaches. We asked some of the stakeholders for their estimates, and then ran an open survey to see if the indie hive-mind would coalesce around some numbers. Separately, as part of a wider piece on how traditional publishing was weathering the digital storm, consultant Mike Shatzkin offered his own number.
Free Samples of the 2015 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners (GalleyCat) We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. *** Why Book Price Doesn’t and Shouldn’t Measure Value (Dear Author) Last week, author advocate Porter Anderson wrote a piece on book pricing called ‘Who Decided Our […]
Last week, author advocate Porter Anderson wrote a piece on book pricing called 'Who Decided Our Worth?' Do Free Books Give Away Authors' Value?, in which authors like Roz Morris, Henry Hyde, and others try to build the case for book prices that reflect an author's "value" and "worth." Hyde goes so far as to claim that he doesn't "want the kind of audience that expects free, or even heavily discounted" books, and that "the rise of Kindle is that it has given the audience a sense of entitlement where none should exist."
The news, first broached by The Bookseller, that Eoin Purcell, veteran Irish publisher and mainstay of the publishing and digital change debate, has been appointed as leader of the Amazon Publishing team in London, has been greeted with unexpected applause in some quarters – and with some hand-wringing. Porter Anderson, another name not exactly unknown […]