TheBookDesigner Blog Stats and Coming Attractions

POSTED ON Jun 14, 2011

Joel Friedlander

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Blog Stats

There’s a long tradition of bloggers publishing statistics on their blogs. I like the tradition, no matter what niche you’re in, because it reflects some of the ethos behind social media.

It’s been over a year since I published any stats, so I thought I would publish them along with some coming attractions. Here’s how looks in the social media universe at the moment.

Blog age: 19 months on this domain
Google page rank: 4
Number of pages: 66
Number of posts: 597
Number of comments: 6,819
Number of spam comments: 56,908
Number of visitors, last 30 days: 18,938
Number of visits, last 30 days: 27,638
Subscribers: 2,238
Twitter followers: 4,055

Thank you for your support.

Coming up on

Here’s a quick rundown on articles that are in the works and which you can look forward to in the near future.


First up, let me ask you a question. Are you looking for a quick, easy, high-profit solution to getting your e-books up for sale with major retailers? You’re not alone, a lot of other authors are, too.

That’s why I was very excited about the new distribution resource for independent authors, BookBaby. I’ve pored over their site and inquired with customer service.

But that wasn’t enough, so late last week I sat down with Brian Felsen, president of BookBaby, CDBaby, HostBaby and the rest of the Baby empire. We talked e-books, conversions, business models, and how authors can profit from the move to e-books.

This is a solid half hour of content on the latest developments in e-book distribution, and I know you won’t want to miss it. Look for the video interview to post this week, as early as tomorrow.

Smartphone e-Reader Apps

We’ve already had a look at Google’s Reader, Stanza, and Kindle. Next up are iBooks, Nook, Kobo and any others that arrive in the meantime. These reviews are meant to give you an idea of what readers are using on their smartphones when they read your books. At the same time, they are end-user reviews so you can see where each reader excels, and where they fall down.

Books as Apps

Although I haven’t had much coverage of e-books as apps lately, that doesn’t mean people aren’t interested. I’ve recently made contact with a new vendor in the books-to-apps space, and we’ll be sitting down for an interview to get the latest on how authors can profit from this exciting opportunity.

Apps not only give you the ability to build books with rich media, but they make the functions of tablet computers like the iPad available in many ways to your books that a plain e-book reader simply can’t match. Watch for this interview coming up.

Kindle Formatting

For the brave among you, I’m reviewing a new instructional product that walks you step by step through the detailed process of coding your book for the Kindle. We’ve long needed a really solid educational product for people who like to do it themselves, and this one is the best I’ve seen, so watch for that too.

New Tools for Easy ePub Creation

There’s a lot about e-books in this post, have you noticed? I’m also evaluating two new tools that promise to take ePub creation to totally new levels of easy. Tools for authors, not for programmers. That would be interesting. You’ll read about them right here.

Distraction-Free Writing

Regular readers know that I’m all in favor of finding a way to concentrate on your writing, and the fewer distractions the better. Although I’ve written about some great tools to help you get the best out of your writing, there’s a roundup coming of a whole lot of tools along the same lines.

What’s Your Question?

Those are some of the things I’m working on. I’ll also be writing about my new passion of mindmapping, showing some case studies in self-published books, looking at the trend for offset printers to add digital printing equipment, and more. And remember, to keep up with all the new ideas and education for self-publishers, make sure you’re on my subscriber list.

Which leads me to this question:

If you could give me a topic (or two), something that you would love to learn about here, what would it be?

Leave me a note in the comments. Thanks!

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