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John Yeoman

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Do personalized digital newspapers still exist?

Has anyone ever heard of 'newspaper publishing' programs that deliver a newspaper to your computer every day - laid out like a newspaper - that contains just the kind of news you want? In the 1990s (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I subscribed to a program that presented the day's top stories from topics I'd selected. So no sports, business or politics. Just the latest on Shakespeare, wine, news-making authors, etc. It even bore the headline: 'John Yeoman's News'. 

Do such programs still exist? If not, there's a big market gap out there! 
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Gareth Skarka's profile photoJohn Yeoman's profile photo
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Desktop, maybe.    But Flipboard at least is primarily designed for iOS and Android tablets, not desktops or laptops.   Tablets deliver much more of a newspaper or magazine experience.
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Greg Strandberg

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What do you think - free still the way to go, or was it ever?  It's treated me alright, but that's because I have a lot of books and putting one free permanently is no big thing.

Many other authors really get miffed by the idea of free books, however.  Personally, I find these are the authors with fewer than 10 books, or 1 page on Amazon.

What do you think?
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Larry Kollar's profile photoGreg Strandberg's profile photo
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I've had the same idea, Greg, but haven't executed it yet. If you can get a good-looking thumbnail image, it can't hurt.
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Seems to me this eventually only will help those of us who self publish digitally. After my crowd funding campaign begins and ends on Indiegogo, I am exclusively going to see my ebook that is a #giveaway right now and via my websites through Amazon. Not even going to sell it over my website for a while.  This way it will be in Amazon's exclusive program, and I think my 35% of a big pie is worth more than my 100% of a small one over my own sites and shopping cart. [Note: my books are heavily illustrated so I have to go for the smaller profit margin to offset the download costs for all the jpegs.} What do you think of the info in this article? http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-war-against-publishers-like-hachette-2014-5
It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of reading is at stake.
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Joab Cohen's profile photoLane Diamond's profile photo
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Yeah, Mark is a sharp guy, but he too has interests to protect. I long ago agreed with him, as managing publisher/editor at Evolved Publishing, that exclusivity is a TERRIBLE idea. While we dipped our toes into the KDP Select waters, we withdrew as soon as we could, and made all our books available everywhere.

As I said in a comment on Mark's article, I tend to think Amazon is smarter than people give them credit for. I think they realize that the last people they can destroy are their content providers, for then Amazon would serve no purpose.

I suspect they seek to destroy, or at least diminish, the big publishers, but not authors. There's a huge difference there.

Could I be wrong? Of course. People have done stupid things before, and maybe Amazon will prove to be the next dummy. I just don't think so.
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Stephen Black

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In the world of TV production it is very common to use an average TV for checking audio and picture. I know a music producer who tests mixes by playing them on his car's "average" sound system.The thinking is that most people have an average device and if it is OK on an average device, it should be brilliant on pricier gear.
I recently wanted to test an epub file...and wondered what an "average" ebook reader is. I thought that probably there are more people using free ebook readers than ebook reading devices. SO, for no particular reason, I chose Readium and MagicScroll. Readium was a treat; no problems at all...However, nearly every "page" on MagicScroll had strange line breaks...I was shocked that the same file was displayed so differently. I did this on a laptop, but ideally I would use a few mobile devices as well...
In this case I was testing a file by a someone I trust. In the past I have used a company and they did a great job; I assume that all ebook service providers check and respond to the majority of ePub reading software and devices
.If anyone has any ideas/experiences, I'd be glad to hear them... How are most ebooks being read (free ebook reader software?), and how can we test for the best reading experience possible? Besides annoying friends and family, of course :)
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Lucie Le Blanc's profile photoStephen Black's profile photo
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LOL
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Mark Neumayer

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Working on what I consider to be the most painful part of the ebook-making process - cleaning up html.
When will we get intuitive ebook creation software geared towards the average writer?  
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David Loeff's profile photoMark Neumayer's profile photo
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I just went live with my title on Google Play. Things went smoothly with my Word file on Amazon (using Sigil and Calibre) and on Smashwords (using Meatgrinder). However, Play was a different matter. In the end, I sacrificed an optional image and two hyperlinks. I suppose I could have tweaked the code instead, but I'd rather be writing prose than html code.
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Robert Hirsch

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Quick questions... total newbie writer here.

I have finished one book. working on a second. I'm keeping them to myself for a bit while I clean them up. But a short story flew into my head, so I wrote it. But I have the intention to turn it into a book later. For me, the first thing the world would see from me is this short story.

Release the short story as an unpublished writer? Or keep it until I have a few short stories I can put together in a book? 

Do any of you worry that a released short story will fuel someone else's book? Do you guys bother with any sort of intellectual property protection?
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Trevor Butcher's profile photoBill Brogan's profile photo
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The only issue with the short story, as I see it, is if it merely distracts you from completing a more useful task. I often find that ideas seem to arrive more frequently when I really should be finishing off other work.
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Does length matter as much for fiction eBooks?

Place this post in the thinking outloud category to consider this question: does book length matter as much when publishing an eBook vs. print publications? I ask this because I sought publication of my first novel, DEAD BEEF, through normal publication…
Does book length matter as much when publishing an eBook vs. printed publications?
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Eduardo Suastegui's profile photoMegan Haskell's profile photo
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Thanks, +Megan Haskell .
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Scott Silverstine

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Is your digital publishing platform device independent? 
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Luc Prévost's profile photoBill Brogan's profile photo
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+Evo Terra that Leanpub link is really interesting. I'd be a bit wary of publishing as I write though. My third draft looks like most people's first.
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R Weir

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You've got the story written, and now it's published in one format or another, what do you do to get the word out there to people and get some sales? My new eBook short story is out and I've done the usual things, posted on Google Plus in various communities, on Facebook on every book group I can find and sent to friends to see about getting the word out to all their friends I've received one good review on Amazon but so far I haven't gotten much sales traction. What other types of marketing has worked for you to get some sales? Any other tips you can give a new Indie Author trying to navigate this competitive market?
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Lisa Nolan's profile photoBible Pathway Adventures's profile photo
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Try to get interviewed on blogs who are interested in writers, short stories, indie books, etc., offer to do HOA, create a tribe of writers for promoting each other, start writing the next book, and get your email list going, it's a long haul so enjoy the journey! 
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Evo Terra
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Please welcome +Lucie Le Blanc, our newest moderator. She gets the nod because a) she's passionate about indie publishing and b) is a self-described "heartless bitch."

Thanks for volunteering, Lucie!  Let me know if there are things in the guidelines you'd like to tweak. 
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Lucie Le Blanc's profile photoYael Shahar's profile photo
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Mwahaha +Evo Terra. I'm enjoying this way too much. lol I hope I'm doing this right though.

When uncertain, I put a warning to the author of a post and react accordingly to the answer I get. Is that the way to go? 
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Jerrod Gunning

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So, I have a freelance project I'm developing for Pinnacle Entertainment's Savage Worlds Deluxe system and a possible kickstarter. It is a comedy horror setting. I have the rough draft written in MS Word.  I know nothing about CS InDesign, other than it seems to be the industry standard for PDF roleplaying games.  

I'm thinking of a black, white, and red color palette and clean one column per page layout (except for tables or charts). Artwork would be black and white with red for blood: think the Sin City comic series as far as a look.

Any suggestions? 
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Lucie Le Blanc's profile photoJerrod Gunning's profile photo
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Thanks +Lucie Le Blanc 
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George Cook AAreports

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I'm sure that many here write ongoing series and I have a question for you.

When do you intend to end your series and are some of you just continuing a series for no other reason that it sells.

I had always intended to write a trilogy for my series and have no regrets about ending it the way I did but fans have other ideas. Many are asking for a fourth book but I spent a year of my life in that world I created and really don't feel like going back their now. I am kind of conflicted because I want to please the fans but I feel that right now I might just throw something out there that's not up to par just so I can say I gave them what they want.  I just don't want to keep a series going for the sake of just keeping it going. LOL.

How do you guys handle that situation.
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Rebecca Cantrell's profile photoMichael A Koontz's profile photo
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fully agreed with the first sentence of what Rebecca said. Only write stuff that you love.

No point in revisiting something you are not wanting to revisit - that will only suck and be waste of your time. Down the line, in a few years, perhaps you will feel like returning to that story and thus create something that you enjoy - and that will also, in turn, be something your readers will enjoy (but you writing things you dont enjoy, that wont please your readers)
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Linda Williams

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Wow, are these of actual books, people I'm assuming, attempting to make some sort of living from their writing? http://lousybookcovers.com 
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Eduardo Suastegui's profile photoDan Arndt's profile photo
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Ouch!
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What is really frustrating you about writing and self-publishing right now?
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Douglas Moore's profile photoGreg Strandberg's profile photo
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Amazon is probably the easiest to get started with.  KDP Select is good for new authors, that's what its designed for I think.
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Steven Saus

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Here's the tl;dr:   If you're an independent, you're being used as leverage by Amazon against the Big 5 right now.  Once they're cowed, we're next (remember, Amazon went after IPG in 2012).

What should you do?  DIVERSIFY.  If you are serious about being a publisher, then you should have your books available at AMZ, B&N, Google, and Kobo at a bare minimum.   Sell from your website.  Compliment your print books with BitLit instead of Matchbook. 

That way you reach readers wherever they are, you are not a pawn in someone else's game, and if any retailer tries to shut you out, your books are still for sale.
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Yes, and instead of reading about Hatchet all week, write 10,000 words on your next book.
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Paul Toth

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I'm experimenting with posting one of my novellas as a serial (http://inthemarginsblog.com/?p=2068). As I finish each chapter, I'm posting it on my blog, accompanied by artwork from Nick Delagaris, of Mage Wars fame. Gathering input from readers allows me to tune the story as I go along.

I'd be interested in hearing experiences others might have had concerning similar approaches to building an audience via social networking.
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Brannon Hollingsworth's profile photoJoan Stewart's profile photoPaul Toth's profile photo
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+Joan Stewart Hi Joan, thanks for your input, and the kind words.
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Angela Reuss

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Would any of my knowledgeable publisher friends be willing to help me out with a question about Kindle publishing and formatting?

Here's the issue:

I'm a new author getting ready to publish with Amazon Kindle. My book contains several images, charts, etc.  I've written and formatted the book to fit on an 8.5 x 11 booklet.  I see that the formatting and size is different for Kindle so here is my question/issue.  The text in the book is fine to change size, but the images are another story.  The images must be a certain size because the customer must print them off and use them on 8.5 x 11 paper.  How can I make this work if at all? 
 
Also, do you know of any instructional videos that can show me how imaging, sizing, kindle and printing works? or a video to show how to insert images so that they will show up on kindle correctly?

Thanks for taking the time to review and consider my question :)
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+Julia Thompson Yes you can embed urls in ebooks.
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3 Traits of the successful self-publisher

It takes many things to self-publish successfully, says Joel Friedlander. Perhaps the most important three are in our mindset, our willingness to be:

1. Experimental

2. Opportunistic

3. Self-directed

My own take is that these aren't just individual elements, but elements that need to work together. It's hard to be Opportunistic if you aren't willing to be Experimental. And neither will get us very far if we can't be Self-Directed.

And he mentions the core mindset that leads us to success: Optimism

#selfpublishing #thebookdesigner
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I suspect another trait is required: hard-headedness. Self-published authors are human pachycephalosaurs.
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Jaha Knight

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Hello fellow authors.  A colleague and I will be starting a podcast shortly and we would love to have an #author panel.  If you are interested, please click here and submit the form! http://bit.ly/1nbYgkc
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Great +Charles Barouch !
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I've got a question regarding Kindle Direct Publishing Select vs Having your e-book everywhere such as Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

I've sold more books through KDP than Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo combined. Though, to be honest, I really haven't sold many at all. 

Because of this, I've given thought to cancelling my accounts over at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, etc and going just with the KDP Select program to try and take advantage of their promotional options.

Yet, there's a big part of me that doesn't want to put all of my eggs in one basket. I like the idea of having the books out there at various places.

I guess what I'm asking is this. Has anyone closed their accounts and other retail outlets and gone exclusively with the KDP Select program and do you think it helped?
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Good luck to you, +Douglas Moore 
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