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The Missing Ingredient: Quality Control in Indie eBooks

March 16th, 2011 · opinion

To me, the lack of quality control is a big deterrent to paying more than a dollar or two for an indie ebook from an author whose books I have not previously read. In the beginning, Smashwords was a great place to find indie books and give them a try, but that is rapidly changing as the number of indie ebooks rapidly increases. As Smashwords has grown, as indie publishing has grown with the rise of ebooks, and as the needle in the haystack has become increasingly difficult to find, we need to implement a method that imposes some sort of quality control. [Read more →]

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New indie ebookstore launched in Australia

March 4th, 2011 · ebookstore news

Boomerang Books have just opened an ebookstore at The store is supplied by Overdrive, and it stocks more than 134k titles, including content from Australian publishers such as Allen & Unwin, Black Dog Books, Exisle Publishing, HarperCollins, New Holland and Pan Macmillan.

Boomerang Books are selling ebooks in Epub which can be read on iOS, Android, Sony Readers, and other ereaders. They also boast 1.5 million titles in their paper bookstore, with a particular emphasis on Australian books, Australian authors and Australian publishers.

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Australia’s first indie ebookstore has launched

January 24th, 2011 · ebookstore news

A new ebookstore launched last week in Australia, but I didn’t cover it. I kinda got distracted by Chris Walter’s commentary (and the ensuing debate) on browser based ebooks, and I forgot to write about the ebookstore itself.

Readings Booksellers is an indie bookstore chain with 6 stores in and around Melbourne, Australia. The ebookstore is based on, the browser based reading app from Inventive Labs. This means you can’t download the ebooks, obviously, but it also means that you can share an ebook just by sharing the URL. [Read more →]

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Smashwords Published 20,000th Indie Ebook

September 22nd, 2010 · ebookstore news

Smashwords author Charlene Bays Rothenberger yesterday published the 20,000th book at Smashwords at 8:23pm Pacific time.

Two months ago we reached 15,000 books and five months ago we hit 10,000.

To put the growth in context, we published 140 books in 2008, our first year of operation. By the end of 2009, we reached 6,000. We’re on track to surpass 25,000 by the end of the year. [Read more →]

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Smashwords Publishes 15,000th Indie Ebook

July 13th, 2010 · ebookstore news

From the Smashwords blog:

Smashwords announced an important milestone today. Late Sunday evening, an indie author published the 15,000th title at Smashwords.

We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the last two years, thanks to the trust and confidence placed in us by nearly 7,000 indie authors and publishers around the world.

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Indie Pub. Author Solutions signs Kindle Deal

March 29th, 2010 · ebookstore news

From the press release:

Author Solutions (ASI), the world leader in indie book publishing, announced today the signing of an agreement with Amazon to distribute all new black-and-white AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris titles through its popular eReader, the Kindle.”The Kindle was a pioneer in the rapidly expanding eReader market, and we’re pleased to be able to offer our authors’ books through this platform,” said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.

A default price of $9.99 will be set for every ASI title made available through the Kindle, but each author will have the opportunity to set his or her own price. E-book distribution through the Kindle will be included as a free service for all new black-and-white ASI titles.

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Indie Publishers Look to Subscriptions for Sales Boost

March 19th, 2010 · Uncategorized

From Daily Finance:

However the future of book publishing shakes out, independent companies are harder pressed than ever to figure out how to survive, much less thrive. Some publishers feel the answer is to try a more direct approach, complimenting the usual bookseller and retailer-oriented sales channels with a subscription model that reaches readers directly.

Unbridled Books, an Arizona-based independent publishing house specializing in literary fiction, announced its subscription program yesterday for some upcoming titles, chosen for early interest and enthusiasm. An annual subscription of $100 buys six titles by emerging writers such as Elise Blackwell and Taroko George, or three books for $60, all of which will ship before publication. Unbridled is also offering subscribers a 25% discount on backlist titles.

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