LinkedIn Groups for eBook Authors, Publishers & Readers

Check out this list of 20 ebook groups on linkedin on the blog eBooknewser. Here's a sampling from the article:

1. Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content Publishing: Book Publishing professionals interested in latest industry news and experiments on ebooks (e-books), ebook readers, digital books & content—creating/developing, marketing & sales: what’s working/not, what are you trying, expand your network, improve your resources, discuss business models and more.

2. Digital Book World: Digital Book World offers a variety of educational and networking resources for publishing professionals from all across the industry to learn new skills, stay on top of the latest technologies and trends, and connect with other professionals, no matter where they work or live.

3. University Press E-Book Publishers: This is a group of university press publishers that are making e-books available either through direct sales to customers or through vendors. This will be a forum for open discussion about our experiences in this emerging market.

4. Practical Issues/How-to SUBGROUP (a subgroup of Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content Publishing) For book publishers that want to know how to actually publish and market eBooks. This group is focused on the practical issues of 1) how to produce ebooks, 2) how to distribute ebooks and 3) marketing ebooks.

5. Nook Book Exchange: Got a nook? Need a book? This group is dedicated to nook readers interested in exchanging titles.

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How Amazon Recommendation Algorithms Help Sell Your Book

Check out this article by Joanna Penn.

Ratings and Reviews make a difference. Pentecost has 32 reviews as I am writing this with 4.5 star rating on This is more than a whole lot of big name authors and clearly Amazon pays attention when readers are enthusiastic about a book.

First $50 eReader Hits the Market


By Nate Hoffelder on May 27, 2011 9:30 AM has the original Aluratek Libre on sale right now for $50,after a $20 mail-in rebate.

This is a sturdy little 5″ eReader. It has Flash and a SD card slot but no Wifi or touch screen. And it does support Adobe DRM, so you can buy eBooks from most stores and read them on the Libre. It's not flashy, but it is reliable, basic, cheap, and sturdy.

Free Webinar on Ebook Formatting

Len Edgerly hosts one of my favorite podcasts Kindle Chronicles and today I just heard he will be doing a free webinar on Formatting Ebooks on June 27th. Kindle Chronicles is a top rate professional podcast and he interviews interesting and engaging people.


Len Edgerly will give an overview of how to format your book or article for Kindle and other e-readers. Len will cover the following points:

• How to create your e-book or article manuscript in Microsoft Word or other word processing program.
• How to format it for submission to Amazon's Kindle Store, so it can be purchased for reading on a Kindle or in any of the free Kindle applications for PC, Mac, smartphones, etc.
• How to format your book or article for e-readers other than the Kindle, such as the Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks on iPad, and Sony Reader.
• How to include non-text elements such as photos and charts in your e-book or article.
• A list of resources for further study and assistance.

Barnes and Noble Offers New Pubit Tips Videos to Writers

Check out their facebook page of Videos:

Meet a PubIt! Pro™
We’re inviting some of our bestselling PubIt! authors to share marketing tips with you. Watch our featured videos, and join us for Live Chats on Facebook.

Interview about Publishing Articles on the Kindle

Recent Interview:

Irene Watson and Tyler R. Tichelaar spoke with me about how to re-purpose existing articles and even blog posts as Amazon Kindle e-books. We covered a range of e-book production details including:
  • How e-book publishing world has changed (and how selling on Amazon is like having a free marketing department).
  • How anyone can publish on Amazon quickly and easily (there’s no excuse anymore for not finishing that book!)
  • Why publishing articles are better than publishing books
  • The advantages of selling an article on Amazon, rather than selling it to a magazine or newspaper.
  • Rules of thumb for formatting and selling articles for the Kindle (and how it is different than a book)
  • Watch out for the fear mongers who say you need to pay experts (and how can do this for free)
  • Other places to publish and sell your e-article (since you retain full rights to your work)
  • Why this is the best time in history to make a living being by being a writer (and how I accidentally started selling an article on Amazon)

Free Ebook Publishing Webinars in June by O'Reilly

Mark Coker

What Traditional Publishers Can Learn from Self-Publishers

The lines between traditional and self-publishing is blurring. In fact, some traditional publishers are launching their own self-publishing imprints. We've lined up four leaders of the self-publishing world to share lessons learned and how we can all work together. The webcast features insights from Eileen Gittins (CEO of Blurb), Bob Young (CEO of Lulu), Mark Coker (Smashwords Founder) and Pete Nikolai (Director at Westbow Press, the self-publishing imprint of Thomas Nelson).

Michael Tamblyn

What Do eReader Customers Really, Really Want?

In an encore performance of one of TOC NY's most popular sessions, Michael Tamblyn will cover reader trends learned from the Kobo platform. The other major ereader platform vendors generally don't share this sort of information, so you won't want to miss seeing some of the more interesting and unexpected trends Kobo has discovered.

Peter Meyers
Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup

For those of us who aren't code slingers, what's the easiest way to create a digital book? There are a small but growing number of tools, ranging from big guns like those from Adobe to iPad-based efforts that aim to make publishing a touch and drag affair. Some of these solutions get you an iPad app, some get you EPUB, some are for web-based books. In this webcast series author and book futurist Pete Meyers looks at what's best, what's easiest to use, and what's worth putting in your book-building toolkit.

The New Nook: Touchscreen $139

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  • Easiest to use 6” touchscreen
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  • Longest battery life—read up to 2 months on just 1 charge
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  • Largest bookstore with more than 2 million titles—get them in seconds
  • Expert recommendations & fun social features

eBooks As A Fundraising Idea

Ran across this interesting article. Here's an excerpt:

How could you use this to raise funds? Pretty simple actually. For example, we are putting a project together right now in which we will solicit faith stories from parishioners and compile the stories into a book.

We plan to use volunteers broken up into small groups for gathering contributions and editing, cover art, and a marketing/advertising group. Once the book is completed we’ll upload it, price it reasonably (less is more), and announce it to the world. The cost . . . nothing, and each sale can yield 65%-70% payout. You can theme this alot of different ways obviously such as a parish cook book.


How To Download eBooks From Your Local Library

Checkout article at eBookNewser

Refurbished Color Nooks Available Today

Just saw this post on Slick Deals:

Nook Color by Barnes & Noble WiFi eReader (Refurbished) $180 + $2.95 shipping

Overstock has Nook Color by Barnes & Noble (Refurbished) for $225 - 20% off code 206777 = $180. Shipping is $2.95. Thanks zex37

Mark Coker talks about the Future of Publishing

Had the pleasure of meeting Mark Coker from Smashwords in Berkeley last Sunday, where he gave a presentation he did. Here are the slides

Why Eisler Turned Down Half Million Advance and Instead Self-Published on the Kindle: A Dialogue

DIY Authors Conference in NY

DIY Authors Conference - BEA - BookExpo America

Saturday, May 21, Javits Center

The BEA DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace is where writers will get information and solutions to help them get published or self published. You will also meet the industry's most respected DIY service providers.

Register here for the DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace.

Questions? Email Mark Dressler

Amazon to allow ePub ebooks on the Kindle e-Reader


We have some rather breaking news with online giant Amazon and their highly successful line of Kindle e-readers. It seems many publishers have been told by the company that in the near-future, they should be submitting their books to Amazon in EPUB format and not exclusively MOBI. This news has been confirmed by at least 4 publishing companies we have spoken with during the last few days. Read more...

Best Ebook News on Twitter

Saw this great article on ebooknewser:

We are building a new directory linking to the Best eBook News on Twitter. We will constantly update the directory, just like our Best Book Reviewers on Twitter directory, the Best Editors Twitter list, and the Best Book Publicity and Marketing Pros on Twitter directory.

Apple Insider: “Apple Insider News and Analysis.”

Paul Biba: “Editor,”

Book Oven: “Text, reading, & writing in the digital age. Tweets from Hugh.”

The Bookseller: “The Bookseller is the UK’s definitive book industry magazine and website. News, analysis, Nielsen BookScan sales charts, jobs, Buyer’s guides, more”

Nicholas Boshart: “Digital Services Coordinator at the Association of Canadian Publishers.”

Michael Cairns: “CEO, strategy consultant, entrepreneur, blogging about books, publishing and media.”

Mark Cocker: “Founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor. Also angel investor, gardener, hiker, battler of squirrels, dreamer, doer, co-author of Boob Tube”

Copyright Clearance Center: “The not-for-profit Copyright Clearance Center is the world’s largest provider of copyright compliance solutions.”

Daily Kindle: “Each day a unique new Kindle item is posted.”

Laura Dawson: “Consultant. Freelance. Independent.”

Larry Dignan: “Editor in Chief, ZDNet, Smart Planet; Editorial Director, TechRepublic.”

Pablo Defendini: “Producer; designer; printmaker; ebook-maker; science-fiction and Mac geek.”

Digital Book World: “Digital Book World is focused on publishing strategies, not tools; solutions, not theories; practicality, not punditry.”

Cory Doctorow: “ Writer, blogger, activist.”

ebookNewser: “The First Word on Digital Publishing”

eBookNoir: “eBooks, publishing, books, libraries, digital content, metadata, TOC, everything publishing”

Len Edgerly: “Kindle podcaster, poet, hard-core moderate.”

Electric Book Works: “Helps people make books and ebooks. On Twitter, we post digital-publishing industry news.” “We’re your daily source of information about the fast-changing world of eBooks and digital publishing.”

e_reading: “latest news on ebooks & e-reading. Kindle, iPad and others.”


Why I'm Only Reading Indie Authors

I ran across this conversation on the Kindle Boards forum and asked for permission to repost part of it here. This original post is by Samantha Warren

Why I'm Only Reading Indie Authors,
by Samantha Warren

Recently I've made a decision to only purchase books for my Kindle by indie authors--unless a traditionally published book gets really high recommendations or looks really really good.

I will still select DTBs (dead tree books) based on whether they look good or not, regardless of who published them. But since books are more readily available for the Kindle and I prefer to read on my Kindle, my new DTBs will be few and far between. There are several reasons for choosing indie writers over traditionally published books.

1. First and foremost, when I purchase an ebook from an indie author, I know the money is going directly to them. This is important because:
a. The traditionally published author has already gotten paid for my book in all likelihood. They'll have gotten an advance and it will take awhile and a massive amount of sales for them to get to the point where they are earning anything from the actual sales.

b. Indie authors make more from royalties than traditionally published authors. If I spend what little money I can spare on a book, I want to know that the person who wrote that book is getting the benefit from it.

2. Many indie authors are like me--hope that doing what they love will help ease that struggle a bit. They have a faint hope that maybe someday they'll get lucky and "make it" so that they can quit their EDJ (evil day job)and write full time, but they still love writing for the sake of writing.

This is much the same reason I prefer college football over professional. The kids still have heart. They haven't let greed overtake their passion.

3. Indie authors, for the most part, are still reachable. I can talk to them on Twitter, Facebook, their blogs, and they'll usually respond. Sure, there are a few who think they're better than everyone else, but most are just normal people. It's nice to know that behind that About the Author picture, there's a real person who still cares about their fans more than they care about the checks their fans write.

4. I have better luck finding things I enjoy reading in the indie realm. I lean more toward the quirky side and I like to read things that often do not make it through an editor's slush pile or are deemed "unsaleable". I'm a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy. Those are very niche categories in traditional publishing. But on the Kindle, there are more books that I could ever possibly read. Sure, some of them are crap and I wish I'd never read them. But more are actually really good, and I never would have read them had I relied on a publisher finding them acceptable.

5. And last but not least, it's nice spending less than $5 on a really good book. I'm poor and don't have a lot of extra spending cash. I like being able to buy a couple books a month rather than just one. Not to mention, indie authors do a lot of giveaways, contests, etc, so it's easy to find good, free books. But if you read a free book, make it worth the author's time and give them a review!

iFlow Reader app closes, harsh words for Apple

CNET NEWS ( by ) BeamItDown is shutting its iFlow Reader app, saying "Apple has decided that it wants all of the e-book business in iOS for itself and it has has made mid-game rule changes that make it impossible for anyone but Apple to sell e-books at a profit."

Here are some of the quotes from the company's announcement that it would be shutting down the app:

Five of us spent nearly a year and a half of our lives and over a million dollars in cash and sweat equity developing the iFlowReader app...What sounds like a reasonable demand when packaged by Apple's extraordinary public relations department is essentially an eviction notice to all ebook sellers on iOS...We put our faith in Apple and they screwed us...It was the American dream that we all strive for. Sadly, the America that we thought we were working in turned out to be a totalitarian regime and the dictator decided that he wanted all of what we had. Our dream is now over.
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Also see interview with company founder:;txt


How Writers are Creating the Future of Publishing: N CA Event:

Mark Coker from Smashwords will be on the panel of an event called: E-books, Apps and Clouds: How Writers are Creating the Future of Publishing. Here is a recent San Francisco Chronicle article on Mark

Event: May 15th, 2090 Kittredge, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley CA 3:30-5:30
Agenda and information:

More Half Price Nooks

Slickdeals just posted more 1/2 price Nooks.

Books as apps: the basics

Books as apps are receiving a lot of attention. But what is a book app? And is it a good idea? This article explains the differences between books produced as apps and books produced as digital files, and outlines the key considerations in deciding whether to go down the book as app path.

Read article at Golden Owl...

Free & Easy ebook Converter

I have been using this great converter by online-convert . No need to download software like mobipocket or Calibre. All you do is upload your document and it is automatically converted in into any format you want. This is the way ebook conversion should be: simple.

Best Free books on ebook Formatting

Publish on Amazon Kindle
A free guide to publishing your book on Kindle with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets anyone upload and format their titles for sale in the Kindle Store.

The Smashwords Style Guide has helped thousands of authors produce and publish high-quality ebooks. This free guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create and format an ebook. It's required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel. Revision: April 18, 2011

Smashwords Partners with ScrollMotion

New York, NY and Los Gatos, CA – May 4, 2011 – ScrollMotion (, creative leaders in the digital publishing business, and Smashwords, the leading ebook publishing and distribution platform, have announced today that ScrollMotion will create individual mobile applications for Smashwords' Premium Catalog of over 34,000 original ebooks. ScrollMotion will develop applications across a variety of mobile platforms including Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS. The relationship opens new distribution channels for Smashwords’ community of 18,500 independent authors and publishers.

“Our mission at Smashwords is to help authors and publishers reach readers,” said Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords. “We partnered with ScrollMotion to expand our distribution into the major app marketplaces.”

Through the partnership, ScrollMotion will create, promote, merchandise and distribute Smashwords ebooks as mobile applications, across multiple application marketplaces such as Apple’s App Store, the Android Market, and the HP App Catalog.

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eBook Formatting Tech Tip

When you need to do a page break, do a "section break to the next page" instead. It will work on both the Kindle and Nook.

Tip: by Kate Harper