8 Award-Winning Books for $8 + win a $50 Amazon Gift Card Publishing

Note: the sale is over and the comp is now closed. As the headline might suggest, this is a promo/competition post. If you are looking for alternative content to feed your cerebrum, I humbly suggest this phenomenal Wired interview with Ursula K. Le Guin – Still Battling The Powers That Be. For the rest of you, I have two treats today: eight award-winning books for less than $8 (details below) and a competition to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Entering the competition couldn’t be easier. Simply mention this post on Twitter, Facebook, or your own blog, and you will be entered in the draw.

The Indian Kindle Store Isn't The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

The Indian Kindle Store Isn’t The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

Gone Fishing Writing

I’m off on vacation today for two-and-a-half weeks. While I will have some limited internet access, I’ll be spending any free time writing. The blog won’t be completely quiet in that time – there’s a post or two in the pipeline for while I’m away – but you can expect a delayed response to any emails, and limited participation by me in the comments etc. On my return, I will  again be pitching in at my partner’s new gallery – House of Vostrovska. On the first Thursday of each month, all the galleries in East London open late, and there is quite a crowd going from gallery to gallery and a much more relaxed atmosphere. My partner will be putting Read More…

The Bonfire of the Straw Men Publishing Writing

In the third of a series of increasingly misguided essays for The Guardian – Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors – Ewan Morrison builds a bonfire of self-publishing straw men. Morrison is convinced that “epublishing is another tech bubble, and that it will burst within the next 18 months.” The reason given: epublishing is inextricably tied to the structures of social media marketing and the myth that social media functions as a way of selling products. It doesn’t, and we’re just starting to get the true stats on that. When social media marketing collapses it will destroy the platform that the dream of a self-epublishing industry was based upon. Where do I start? Perhaps I should first point Read More…