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 →]
Entries Tagged as 'indie'
March 16th, 2011 · opinion
March 4th, 2011 · ebookstore news
Boomerang Books have just opened an ebookstore at Booku.com. 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.
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 Booki.sh, 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 →]
September 22nd, 2010 · ebookstore news
Smashwords author Charlene Bays Rothenberger yesterday published the 20,000th book at Smashwords at 8:23pm Pacific time.
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 →]
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.
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.