Monthly Archives: September 2011

Amazon Throw Down The Gauntlet: Four New Devices, Basic Kindle $79, Tablet $199

In a very slick presentation in New York this morning, Amazon announced details of four new devices, surprising everyone with their aggressive pricing. The basic Kindle (now without a keyboard) will retail for $79 (with Special Offers, $30 extra without). … Continue reading

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Amazon’s New Tablet – Kindle Fire – Takes Aim At Barnes & Noble, Not Apple

TechCrunch (again) had the scoop last night. Amazon’s much touted announcement tomorrow will be the launch of their new tablet, dubbed Kindle Fire. Aside from ad copy that writes itself (Kindle Fire Sale, anyone?), the details are surprisingly underwhelming. This … Continue reading

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Building A Sustainable Writing Career: How To Develop Multiple Income Streams

Let’s admit it: we are all very reliant on Amazon. Now, this isn’t a dig; there are lots of valid reasons why Amazon tends to be favored by indies. Aside from having the most intuitive, powerful digital self-publishing platform and … Continue reading

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Share The Wealth: A Radical Solution To Translation Costs

The opening of Amazon Spain on Wednesday and a planned Kindle Store for later this year, as well as widely rumored expansions into France, Italy, and India, has many writers thinking about international markets. In my blog post on Friday, … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Chapter 3 of A Storm Hits Valparaíso

The best piece of writing advice I ever received was write the book you want to read. The kind of books I love have a huge cast of characters, often starting in completely separate, exotic locations, whose narrative strands gradually … Continue reading

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Amazon Launches In Spain, Kindle Store By Year End

Amazon made the first move in its latest wave of international expansion by finally throwing open the doors of its long-mooted Spanish site Amazon.es. Amazon’s eighth store outside the US (following Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and China), will … Continue reading

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AAP Figures for June Show Dramatic Print Slump, Continuing Ebook Explosion

The American Association of Publishers (AAP) figures for June were finally released last week (about a month late), and the news is not good for fans of print books. Like the figures for May, all major print categories are down, … Continue reading

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Numbers For August: Sales & Revenue Rise Again

Regular readers will know that I post my monthly numbers in terms of sales and dollars. Today, I have August’s numbers for you. If you have an aversion to sales talk or wallet peeking, look away now. I have just returned … Continue reading

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Bob Mayer: Publishing Is The Wild West – Danger, But Possibility Too

I’ve spoken about Bob Mayer many times here. And if you have any sense, you will be reading his blog regularly. He has seen it all and sold millions of books the old fashioned way. But now he is publishing … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Book Promotion: Scott Nicholson’s Social Experiment With $$$

I heard what Scott Nicholson had planned for September a couple of weeks ago, and I was intrigued. Ok, I wasn’t just intrigued, I was jealous. It’s a superb idea and I think it’s going to work very well for him. Scott … Continue reading

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