The Ideavirus: Seth Godin as a Microcosm of Publishing’s Flux

In English Language by Mike Springer

• Following Seth Godin’s decision last week to leave traditional publishing behind, several questions have been raised. Is he really making a radical change? Or is this simply another smart marketing play? • Godin’s very public defection is just one more example of how publishing is in flux. He may be the exception to the rule, but his example sets a precedent for others to …

Is Seth Godin a Visionary or an Exception?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Seth Godin’s recent decision to leave traditional publishing behind and go it alone. But the question remains: Is he a visionary making a bold step into the uncertain future? Or is he an exception, an already bestselling writer and marketing expert  for whom forgoing traditional models is merely the evolution of his …

Self-Publish with Apple, Call Free Using Google, Discover the Internet of Things

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Welcome to our Tech Digest with cool updates from the world of digital innovation. Self-Publish iBooks with Apple iWork Update On Thursday this week, Apple released its iWork update (iWork is basically Apple’s version of Microsoft Office) which includes a new feature in its word-processing program, Pages, that allows users to create ePub files compatible with Apple’s …

Is Having Children an Unexpected Path to Publishing Success?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the success Mark Garcia-Prats’ mother found as an author in the midst of raising ten sons. While this story may seem extraordinary, it’s not unusual to find that authors have found the focus a child brings to a household is helpful to their writing. Think of Toni Morrison who forced herself to wake …

Is Apple Guilty of Censorship?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article David Carnoy discusses his leap from DIY digital publishing to conventional print publishing. In the piece, he describes how his original submission of his novel as an iPhone App was rejected on the grounds of censorship. After some pruning of “F-bombs” from the novel, it was accepted. Apple’s Steve Jobs has been quoted …

My Novel: There’s An App for That!

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By David Carnoy • David Carnoy, executive editor at CNET.com, originally released his mystery/thriller Knife Music as an iPhone app, which was first rejected on grounds of obscenity. It eventually went on to sell 30,000 copies as e-books for the Kindle and Sony Reader, and paperbacks from Amazon’s BookSurge. • The book’s success attracted the attention of Peter Mayer at …

When Will Self-Published Works Be Reviewed in the Mainstream Media?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As today’s lead story by Anna Lewis explains, self published authors are becoming increasingly sophisticated by the day, particularly when it comes to marketing and promotion. Yet, it seems, while these authors are able to sell and promote their books, they’ve by and large yet to crack what is potentially the largest nut of all: the mainstream …

How Can Publishers Benefit from the Author-Entrepreneur?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats In today’s feature article, Anna Lewis discusses the rise of “author-entrepreneur”: an author who not only writes and publishes their own book but successfully markets it using popular social networking tool.  Anna goes on to say that publishers can benefit from this growing trend: whether that be by authors realizing the invaluable benefit that publishing companies can …

The Rise of the Author-Entrepreneur

In Europe, Resources by Guest Contributor

By Anna Lewis, director, CompletelyNovel.com LONDON: When you think of an author, particularly one who writes fiction, the image that springs to mind is not someone in a suit carrying a briefcase and a Blackberry. Unless it’s a tweed suit. And the Blackberry is actually a piece of fruit. However, some entrepreneurial zeal to complement the creative spirit is becoming …

Is It Still “Self-Publishing” When Relying on Lulu and Amazon?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Angela K. Durden describes self-publishing in the terms of a cottage industry. She is particularly appreciative of the independence it gives her. Self-publishing implies independence, but is that description still accurate when a self-publisher relies on large corporations like Lulu.com to produce their books and Ingram and Amazon to distribute them? Doesn’t “cottage …