This Week in the Blogs, October 2 – 8, 2011

by | Oct 9, 2011

While I’ve been deep in video production, the world of bloggers moves ever forward. Every day thousands or tens of thousands of blogs are launched, most to sink almost immediately into oblivion. But where there’s life and excitement and growth, like in indie publishing, there are riches everywhere. Enjoy.

Robert Francis on The Fall of Print
How a new survey of ebook discovery habits lends hope to self-publishers and tips for better marketing
“A future where most book discovery is done online is one that places most writers in a better position than they were in before. While many gained a high profile through print reviews and prominent displays in bookstores, many didn’t.”

Mark Coker on Smashwords
Apple iBookstore Expands Smashwords Ebook Distribution to 26 New Countries
“Within the next few years, the global market for ebooks will likely eclipse the US market. Already at Smashwords, I can report that prior to this news, almost half of our iBookstore sales were coming from outside the U.S.”

Dean Wesley Smith on The Writings and Opinions of Dean Wesley Smith
But Why Would You… Not Spend the Time to Learn Indie Publishing?
“You want to prepare for the future of publishing, for your own writing future, time to start learning some basic stuff about electronic publishing. And setting up your own publisher.”

Roz Morris on Jane Friedman
Should You Serialize a Novel on Kindle?
“Also, it’s easy to sell a book you feel might be useful to people. No one, frankly, needs a novel. You have to hope they like the look of it when they’re in the mood to amuse themselves with a yarn. So my biggest problem was tempting readers without making the novel a throwaway price.”

Liz Castro on Pigs, Gourds and Wikis
“Impressions of Greece” and when to use Fixed Layout (EPUB Gallery)
“This first book that I want to talk about is called Impressions of Greece (The Artist on the Road) and was written, illustrated, and produced by Richard Sheppard. It is a collection of sketches, watercolor drawings, and journal entries as Richard and his father traveled around Greece. It’s really nicely done.”

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