Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from across the Web (Feb 19-25)

Each week, we collect stories about self-publishing and authorship in the digital age. These are some of our favorites. If we’ve missed a good one, leave it in the comments. Or send us a note.


Digital Books

  • ‘American Sniper’ a Boost for Enhanced E-books: American Sniper’s enhanced e-book sold better than the standard e-book for three full weeks, which is rare since enhanced e-books normally don’t do that well. Enhanced e-books incorporates interactive features that the standard e-books don’t utilize.
  • Can movies save enhanced E-books: American Sniper’s enhanced edition has sold very well, but that doesn’t mean that this format will lead to massive profits.
  • Average Price Rises on Ebook Best-Seller List, but Few Signs of Agency Pricing: The Ebook Best-Seller List has seen a rise in prices with eight books above $10, in comparison to last week’s four books at that price. Some publishers are setting their own prices, while others aren’t, and some only control the prices of some of their books.
  • Phone fiction spells the end of the traditional novelist: Wattpad is an app of stories written for and by its users, and is compared to YouTube, just for fiction. It’s a new publishing platform that may change how professional writers operate.
  • Whose digital content is it anyway?: Customers may legally purchase ebooks, music and movies, but these things have locks on them that make still controlled by the retailer. The Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes to change this.

On the Business of Writing

  • Authorpreneurship: Authors need to behave like they’re businesspeople in regard to their brand and marketing efforts for both themselves and their work.
  • Google and blogs: “Shit.”: Blogs are declining, and Seth Godin’s “Is Google making the web stupid?” claims that Google searches may be the cause. Google is part of the problem, but the key problem is that people are spending less time browsing websites and searching Google. Instead, we are living in an app and social content age.
  • Why Writers Need to Know the Publishing Business: Authors, even traditionally published ones, need to understand how the publishing part works. Knowledge is power, and can lead to more success.
  • The Two Sides of SEO for Book Publishers: The search engine optimization (SEO) has two sides: on-site elements and off-site content about the site and products. By understanding these elements more, you can better control where you end up in search results.
  • Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent: Publishers are starting to become more active in the search for new talent which is just one readjustment they’re trying so as to keep up with developments like self-publishing.
  • Want to Profit as an Author? Think About Sponsorships: Author Power is a book that shows that self-promotion is a necessity for profiting as an author. This can also lead to an organization wanting to sponsor the novel.
  • Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job: Google at one point in time was dedicated to preserving the past, but that’s not very profitable. But there are nonprofits that are dedicated to this preservation, and they need support.

On Writing

The “new” media