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Amazon vs publishing publishing companies


When I read this article about Amazon encouraging writers to forego publishing companies, I felt a mixture of excitement but also trepidation. This means big changes for the future of writers.

A friend argued that the reason writers go with publishing companies is that they see their books in the bookstores. What bookstores? In my area, we only have used bookstores and one ‘new’ store. Borders bookstores also closed, where many customers admit to having browsed only to go home and order via Amazon.

I know many writers balk at going through a print-on-demand or ebook methods of publishing. One assumes, after all, the publishing company will do the marketing for them, right? If you’re on Amazon, however, you have a potential market of millions all over the world, not just bookstores.

The profit for writers also increases with self-publishing (print-on-demand or ebook). Of course, this depends entirely on how good the book is and how well you market the book.

I feel either method carries a certain level of gamble. Submit to a publishing company and likely get rejected (over and over as even the great authors have experienced), or publish on my own via Smashwords or Createspace and market things myself.

Bear in mind, ebooks outsell now the printed versions.

Need more information?

Self-publish vs Traditional Publishing– offers some numbers and scenarios on this subject to consider options.

Comparison of self-publishing gives some great information on real experience with various self-publishing companies.

Lulu, Creatspace, Lightning Source, Kindle, Smashwords…Oh My– provides some terrific, real experience tips on these online self-publishing, including mistakes, formatting, and royalties.

I foresee great changes in options for would-be authors, and the publishing companies must adapt and evolve with the fast-paced technology ebook readers provide.

What are your thoughts? Do you hope to publish through a publishing company or publish an ebook/print-on-demand?


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End of Bookstores?!

Our local Borders Bookstore went out of business- or rather, its my understanding, they all went out of business. Around here, however, its one of the few places you could go to sit at the cafe and meet friends, peruse the bookshelves, and even enjoy some of the events they had in the store.

Its a sad day to be sure when you can’t find a bookstores to sit among the stacks and read samples of potential purchases.

I hear people suggest its the end of paper books. I’m not sure to panic about that quite yet, but with Borders going out of business, and many bookstores shifting to e-books, the days of browsing bookshelves might come to an end.

New authors find self publishing to be a growing (and profitable) trend, when it used to be a frowned upon path of action. Publishing companies, you were told, had the corner market on getting them on the shelves and do the marketing for you- not so true any more.

Publishing companies still have the experience of the business on selling books, but self-published authors are growing in numbers, and finding success at what publishing companies cornered as their market.

E-books are also generally cheaper, and you can have thousands on a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader. Will we see the end of backpacks twisting your spine out of alignment in favor of a single e-reader with textbooks and note taking?

Like a paper book, e-reader are often lost or stolen. Look up tech support for a lost Kindle and you find a number of dissatisfied customers.  The IPad, on the other hand, has a Kindle and Nook app, but also have an app to locate the IPad.

I hope Kindle also incorporates this technology. Nook’s technology includes shutting of the SIM to prevent a lost/stolen e-reader from accessing the Internet. Here is a link about lost/stolen Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader.

I don’t see the end of actual paper books, but in my area, we have only a handful of bookstores you can sift through and look at shelves of books. I’d hate to see the end to that.

What are your thoughts on this technology and trend?


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Self published author of ebooks…

pic This is an amazing story of an author taking charge of her destiny and publishing via Amazon Kindle. She’s now a millionaire.

I knew of the print-on-demand and even e-publishing methods of publishing your writing, but I think we’ll see more of this method in the coming days.

It makes me wonder if writers, artists, and musicians will even bother with publishers, galleries, or producers in the future. Perhaps their days are numbered?

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An article on PDF documents (ebooks)

I’ve found a number of questions amid young writers curious about ebooks and how to create them. They’re easy to create. Its the marketing that’s the ‘unfun’ part. (In my humble opinion).

If you want to more about created PDF documents, click on this article;
PDF Basics and Essential Tools.

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