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CafePress, Self-Publishing and the DMCA

April 7th, 2014 by Contributor · DMCA, piracy, Self-Pub → 10 Comments

Sometimes, cafepress-logo-300x191[1]in copyright circles, important cases and rulings have a way of avoiding the limelight. With all of the attention recently paid to the “Innocence of Muslims” ruling, a different lawsuit, possibly of greater importance, has gotten surprisingly little attention.

That lawsuit centers around the popular printing site CafePress and, specifically, whether or not the service qualifies as an online service provider that should receive protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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B&N Should Sell Nook Print Titles in Store, and Other Impractical Ideas

March 30th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Barnes & Noble, DeBunking, Nook, Nook Press, Self-Pub → No Comments

Much question-markink has been spilt on the topic of Barnes & Noble, the Nook, and how B&N might best move forward. So many ideas have been put forward that I was surprised to read about an entirely new one last week.

Jeremy Greenfield, writing over at Forbes, has put forward the suggestion that Barnes & Noble should use Sterling, their publisher subsidiary, to release a new imprint for self-published titles. This imprint would draw from ebooks distributed through Nook Press and select the best ones for print publication:
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Barnes & Noble to Launch Nook Press in the UK This Week

March 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Barnes & Noble, Nook, Nook Media, Nook Press, Self-Pub, UK → 4 Comments

Barnes & Noble isnook_stUKflag[1] showing every sign of losing interest in the consumer ebook market as they shift their focus to the educational market, but it looks like they have decided to tie up at least one loose string before the change in direction.
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Slowly but Surely: comiXology Submit Reaches 1,000 Self-Pub Titles in its First Year

March 8th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · comiXology, digital comics, Self-Pub → 2 Comments

According to ICv2, comxology submitthe digital comics market was growing at a healthy 25% in the first 9 months of 2013 (after nearly tripling in size in 2012) but if you had to judge by comiXology’s self-pub platform, you probably wouldn’t be able to say the same for self-published digital comics.
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The Writers’ Union of Canada to Accept Self-Published Authors as Members

March 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Self-Pub → No Comments

The 2da0f0214624ec2690416d022edde8551[1]Writers’ Union of Canada announced on Monday that they will be the soon be the second writer’s organization to accept self-published authors as members.
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BookBaby Launches Bookshop

February 28th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · BookBaby, Self-Pub → No Comments

The indie BookBaby-logo[1]ebook distributor BookBaby launched a new tool this week that could help self-published authors connect potential readers with ebookstores where an author’s book can be found.
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Indie eBook Distributor BookBaby Launches New Promotion Tool, Partners With GoodReads, NoiseTrade

February 20th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · BookBaby, Goodreads, NoiseTrade, Self-Pub → 2 Comments

BookBabyBookBaby-logo[1] might not be the largest ebook distributor but they could well be one of the more sophisticated services on the market. This ebook distributor announced on Thursday that they were making it easier for authors to promote themselves on had signed deals with the online book community GoodReads and NoiseTrade, a free ebook promotion site.
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Project Gutenberg’s Self-Pub Portal is Going Strong

February 19th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Project Gutenberg, Self-Pub → 4 Comments

Projectlogo[1] Gutenberg is best know for digitizing and distributing public domain ebooks, but that’s not they do. I was reminded today about PG’s self publishing portal, and since it hasn’t gotten much attention since it launched I thought it worth another look.
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Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report is Going to Cut the Anti-Self Publishing Rhetoric Off at the Knees

February 13th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Indie, Self-Pub → 61 Comments

Have youkindle paperwhite 2013 had a chance to read Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report yet? The first edition was only released yesterday, so you might not have had a chance to read it yet. I strongly urge you to do so, because at first glance it appears to undercut much of the anti-indie rhetoric of late.
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Debunking the “Self-Pub Shit Volcano” – Not Shit, Nor a Problem, And is it Not Going Away

February 6th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · DeBunking, Indie, Self-Pub → 38 Comments

There’s been a story building over the past week about self-published ebooks. According to Chuck Wendig, the massive volume of self-published titles has resulted in a “shit volcano” of worthless content. Another blogger picked up the story, and then yesterday Mike Cane jumped in with the prediction that Amazon would eventually take steps to clean up the Kindle Store.

If you have time today you might want to read these posts. But if you don’t have time, don’t worry. This line of reasoning is arguably flawed in that it is focusing the wrong problem, and it is safe to simply ignore it (especially since Chuck Wendig’s post is so long).
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