This Week in the Blogs, July 18 – 24, 2010

by | Jul 25, 2010

More authors seem to be slipping the leash of big publishing contracts, and ebooks are elbowing their way toward the mainstream of publishing. This week we’ve got writing on community; another fan of the iPad; great books for writers; the figures on sales of ebooks from Amazon; and some odd reactions to self-publishing authors. Read on!

Mick Rooney on POD, Self-Publishing and Independent Publishing
Community or Be Damned
“What self-published authors must do is find, engage and nurture their community of readers while maintaining a kinship with their fellow authors – traditionally published as well as self-published.”

Henry Baum on Self-Publishing Review
The iPad is Incredible: A Review
“The book reading experience is absolutely amazing. As a book reviewer, the ability to add bookmarks to a book along with notes – on the same device I’m reading – is more than just “convenient.” It enhances the entire experience.”

Josh Jackson on Paste
The 10 Best Books About Writing
“We treasure these following tomes, not because they necessarily reveal the tricks to making writing easier, but because they assure us that just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean we should give up.”

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez on Digital Book World
eBook vs. Hardcover: Beyond the Headlines
“eBooks undoubtedly offer the opportunity to expand overall book sales and direct engagement with readers, but only if publishers can get above the trees and take a look at the forest.”

Joe Konrath on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
With Change Comes… Anger?
“Around the internet, in person, and even in the comments section of my own blog, I see a lot of animosity toward the ebook future in general, and me in particular. How odd.”

And for Something a Little Different . . .

Avi Abrams on Dark Roasted Blend
Vintage Bibliomysteries: Books Can Be Fatal!
“Do you know that there is a certain sub-genre (sub-sub-genre?) of murder mysteries concerned with the world of authors, manuscripts, rare and deadly books – with the emphasis on deadly books?. Typically, they feature an indefatigable hero leaping around libraries in a race against time, unearthing cyphers, ancient manuscripts and clues hidden in old books.”

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  1. Betsy Gordon

    Joel — I’m having difficulty with your post “The Indie Publishing Life.” All that comes up when I click on it in the sidebar is the title (and the accompanying side material). I’ve tried it several times and gotten no text. I am dithering with longing to read that post! The more I can’t get it, the more I want it… human nature, right?

    Maybe I am doing something wrong. It’s quite possible.

    Thanks for any suggestions you may have. It’s not good for my keyboard to be drooling over it as I am in anticipation of that post!

    • Joel Friedlander

      Betsy, you are doing nothing wrong. I am still in the process of writing these pieces, and I try to do one per week. I post them to the blog as I finish them, and the next one will be Understanding Fonts & Typography next week. I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

      • Betsy Gordon

        Joel — Oh, thank goodness! I really do admire you for turning out these substantive and enjoyable articles week after week. For some reason, I thought they had all been completed; but no, the later titles are there just to tantalize your readership. I will now stop drooling on my keyboard and resign myself to reading about The Indie Publishing Life in the fullness of time.

        Looking forward to gaining a new Understanding of Fonts and Typography, and thanking you once more for being such a good teacher — Betsy



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