Monthly Archives: August 2012

News Flash: ABA to Replace Google With Kobo

Interesting development in the e-book world. The American Booksellers Association announced today that it is partnering with Kobo eBooks. Read the story at Publishers Weekly: ABA to Replace Google With Kobo.

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Amazon, Part 3 — Kindling the e-Book Fire With KDP

Third installment of a three-part series that grew out of a presentation by Thom Kephart, the community outreach manager for Amazon.com, at the Aug. 25 meeting of the Publishers & Writers of San Diego. Kephart spoke about Amazon’s self-publishing divisions, … Continue reading

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Amazon, Part 2 — Take the Gloves Off: Create Space v. Lightning Source

This is the second installment of a three-part series that grew out of a presentation by Thom Kephart, the community outreach manager for Amazon.com, at the Aug. 25 meeting of the Publishers & Writers of San Diego. Kephart spoke about … Continue reading

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Book Industry News and Reviews

This is not a secret, but it does reinforce what the industry has known for some time: children’s lit is hot, whether YA, middle grades or picture books. If you’re looking for a genre that has great market potential, consider … Continue reading

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Amazon Publishing Services: It Ain’t the Whole Loaf — Part 1

Today I spoke with Thom Kephart, the community outreach manager for Amazon.com. OK, full disclosure—he answered a question of mine; mostly I just listened. Kephart talked about Amazon’s self-publishing divisions, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, at this month’s meeting of … Continue reading

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On Language, Usage and Style

On Language, Usage and Style.

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On Language, Usage and Style

A pair of stories about language, new words and style guides that I found interesting as well as entertaining. New words and how to spell them … Game changer: AP Stylebook moves faster than Merriam-Webster as linguistic authority It’s enough … Continue reading

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PTSD & Survivors of Violent Loss

Yesterday, NPR aired a poignant and important story about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)  and young people. PTSD Not Just War Wound, Young People Suffer, Too. Bravo. It’s a topic that needs to be discussed more, because the conventional attitude has … Continue reading

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50 Shades of Earl Grey

“50 Shades of Grey” Parody: Tomorrow on WBUR’s Here & Now. The wildly popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has spawned a parody. Robin Young will look at “50 Shades of Earl Grey!” Broadcast nationally on NPR, airs at 9 … Continue reading

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Home From The Banks

New book from my indie publishing affiliate Wigeon Publishing to be released on August 24, 2012. Home from the Banks, by Arthur Raybold — a book of poems from a native New Englander and Mayflower descendant. He is also the … Continue reading

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