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If You Stacked Every Copy Of The Steve Jobs Bio Sold At Amazon It Would Be Taller Than Mt. Everest (AMZN)
December 29, 2011

It's that time of the year! Amazon has released its great list of goofy facts about holiday sales . We don't have much to add to this list. It's a fun quick read. Here's the info from Amazon: Holiday Fun Facts Shipping: The last One-Day Prime order that was delivered in time for Christmas was placed on Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST and shipped to Ballwin, Mo. The item was “The Cook’s Herb Garden,” a book by Jeff Cox and Marie-Pierre Moine.

Delaware Libraries Now Offer Wireless, eBooks
December 20, 2011

Governor Markell celebrated a technology milestone for Delaware libraries announcing that all Delaware public libraries now provide wireless access to the internet. In addition to wireless access, downloadable eBooks are now available as a beta test through the Delaware Library Catalog portal at www.lib.de.us. Thirteen hundred eBook titles are available, ready for library patrons to download to computers and eBook readers like Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo eReader.

Stop Treating $9.99 As The Magic E-Book Price
December 16, 2011

$9.99 is often treated as a magic price—the cost of a New York Times bestseller on Kindle back in the good old days, before big-six publishers adopted agency pricing models and ended Amazon’s discounting of their books. However, for a variety of reasons, few readers ever had the chance to buy those $9.99 e-books—in large part because e-readers themselves were so expensive. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal : When Amazon.com Inc. introduced its first Kindle e-reader back in November 2007, the $9.99 digital best seller was a key selling point. Today, the price of a

Kindle Edges Nook, Sony in $99 E-Reader Race: Rich Jaroslovsky
December 16, 2011

Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire has understandably dominated the e-reader buzz this holiday season. Not everyone, though, wants all the bells and whistles, or the bulk and expense, of a full-on color tablet. They just want an e-reader in order to, you know, read. For these folks, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Inc. have released updated versions of their monochrome e-readers. Meanwhile, Sony Corp., which introduced its latest Sony Reader earlier in the year, has slashed its price twice this month, to the point where you may be able to get one for as little as

Pear Jam Books to publish in four formats
December 13, 2011

Here’s an interesting press release.  Once again, small, innovative companies are challenging the dominance of the big publishers:

Pear Jam Books celebrates its worldwide launch on 14th December 2011 at Auckland’s planetarium, with authors and illustrators mingling with stars including Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes. A new publishing company aims to take on traditional publishers to [...]

Confessions of a self published author
December 6, 2011

Lisa James McKenzie, one of my kickstarter supporters, requested a behind the scenes summation of my experience self-publishing my new book, Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, a book of advice on thinking, wisdom and living a creative life. Here are all the questions I’ve been asked, with honest answers: Why did you do this? You’ve had 3 bestselling books the traditional way. I know I will be writing books the rest of my life. The sooner I learn everything about the process, the better off I will be. I already know how to write – it was time to learn

NYT: New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish E-Books
October 6, 2011

The Perseus Books Group has created a distribution and marketing service that will allow authors to self-publish their own e-books, the company said on Sunday. The new service will give authors an alternative to other self-publishing services and a favorable revenue split that is unusual in the industry: 70 percent to the author and 30 percent to the distributor. Traditional publishers normally provide authors a royalty of about 25 percent for e-books.