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Self Publishing

Uncovered Books: A Minimalist eReader That Simplifies Book Discovery Based on Content Alone

UBWe’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its covers,” and now there’s an app just for that. It’s called Uncovered Books, and as the title indicates, it’s a return to literature in a minimal, stripped down version that lets the innards of a book shine through.

Made by Maxwell Blume, Inc., the app, Uncovered Books, is a new approach to book discovery with a focus on content:

Uncovered Books is designed around a single idea: when looking for a new book, the only thing that matters is the work itself. Our app features a unique book discovery experience free from marketing noise. When selecting a book there are no titles, no author names, and no book covers. Readers finally have the opportunity to let the written word speak for itself. Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Five Free eBook Templates from HubSpot

Publishing your own eBooks can be a daunting task – especially if you don’t have layout ideas or know enough design software. To help you publish your eBook on a budget, we’re sharing this useful set of five basic eBook templates from the advertising gurus at Hubspot. They are perfect for those who don’t have the time or money to create a unique design for a new eBook. However, if you have some experience in PowerPoint or InDesign, they are completely customizable.

free ebook templates from hubspot

Before you download the files at Hubspot, make sure you have Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe InDesign installed and ready to use.

BookRix Adds One Million Images to Cover Editor

Self-publishing platform BookRix and Getty Images have teamed up to add more than one million new images that authors can use while making book covers.

The company has also changed its royalty structure so writers receive “a minimum 70% of net earnings” if they use the service to distribute their books. Starting this October, the company will pay royalties every month and books can be sold for $0.00. Check it out:

Getty Images industry-leading API Connect allows to quickly integrate the Getty Images picture database into the BookRix cover editor. Over a million files were added to the system. A search function enables users to find the desired image. As soon as a suitable image is found, the editor automatically integrates it into the book cover.

D.C. Library Adds Digital Commons Complete with Public 3D-Printer and Espresso Book Machine

D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library is proving that libraries aren’t just for books – they’re also for 3D printing and book-making. The library is using its $3.4 million grant to provide a publicly accessible 3D printer and an Espresso Book Machine for on demand book printing – great for students and self-publishers. Printing is five cents per gram plus $1 (they say most print jobs costs between $1-$5). The library also has plans to include a “Dream Lab” where users can collaborate on projects ,test drive tablets and e-readers prior to purchasing, and also publish personal novels.

Library manager Nicholas Kerelchuck is optimistic about the library’s 3D printing service as an educational tool:

They’re learning math skills, engineering skill, hard science skills…this is future job experience. I think that in 10 years if someone has experience using a 3-D printer, they are far ahead of the curve.

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Smashwords Makes It Easier To Update Titles In Kobo & Apple

Self-publishing company Smashwords has speeded up its eBook retail release capabilities, making the process of releasing and making changes to an eBook quicker.

Changing the price of an eBook, which used to take about a week, now takes a day or two for Kobo and a few hours for Apple’s iBookstore. Smashwords founder Mark Coker explains in his blog: “This means you can change a price from your Smashwords Dashboard and the new price, in multiple currencies, will reflect across Apple’s 32 iBookstores, often within an hour of your change.”

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David Thorne Earned More With Self-Pub Book Than Traditional Publication

For David Thorne, a NYT Bestselling author, self-publishing has been more profitable than working with a traditional publisher.

In fact, the author has made more money from his newly self-published book I’ll Go Home Then; It’s Warm and Has Chairs, than he did from his book The Internet is a Playground, which was published by Penguin’s Tarcher imprint.

After feeling underwhelmed with his publisher’s design and feeling that he had done all of the work marketing his first book, Thorne decided to use to self publish his second book. “I wanted to do something different.  For my first book, the publisher took a lot of control over the layout.  I was not happy with the typeface.  I hated the cover. I had no say over any of that,” Thorne stated. Read more

Make An eBook Using FastPencil

Digital publishing technology company FastPencil has a new publishing platform to make your own eBooks. The company announced the new platform today which has various different tiers. Self-published authors can use the tool for free to make a book and publish it to the Kindle Store, iBooks, Nook and distribute through Ingram. They can also make up their own imprint using the tool.

There is also a tier in which authors can pay for design and editing services. Publishers can use the tool to format and distribute eBooks. In addition to these DIY tools, publishers can now license FastPencil software to convert content to an eBook. Read more

Author Francis Tapon On The Benefits Of Self-Publishing

eBookNewser caught up with Francis Tapon, author of the new book The Hidden Europe, to talk about self-publishing, crowd sourced editing and eBook pricing.

EBN: Why did you decide to self-publish your book?
FT: My brother, Philippe Tapon, went the traditional route. He had an agent and published two books with Dutton Press. He got a modest advance and so-so marketing support. It was clear that publishers do little marketing. They depend on authors to do it.

Even in 2006, when eBooks were just 1% of the market, I believed that they would grow to over 50% of the market within 10 years. (Today it’s about 20%). eBooks destroy two of the key advantages and costs of publishers, printing and distribution. Although their costs have decreased, publishers have hardly shifted their royalty rates. They are unwilling to pay more than 20-25% royalty for eBooks, sometimes they pay just 10-15%. Meanwhile, if you self-publish with the major eBook distributors you’ll get 65-70%. Is the editing and cover design that publishers do worth giving them such a big slice of the pie? I didn’t think so, especially when they provide little or no marketing support. Read more

BookBaby Adds 3 eBookstores to Their Retail Network

BookBaby announced Thursday that they now have now 3 new retail partners. Baker & Taylor, Gardners, and eBookPie have each agreed to add titles distributed via BookBaby to their catalogs.

For a self-pubbed author, this is a fairly important piece of news. BookBaby is now the most widely distributed self-pub service. They’ve even passed Smashwords in terms of the number of channels. Baker & Taylor is a name all should recognize. They’re a major book and media distributors in the US, with over 1.5 million eBook titles in their catalog.

Gardners is one of the larger retail distributors in the UK, and BookBaby’s 8 thousand current titles will be available to Gardners’ partners via the Gardners Hive, their web-retailing platform. BookBaby will be joining the Google eBookstore and other distributors carried by Gardners in their catalog of over 150,000 eBook titles.

eBookPie is an innovative eBookstore startup that is experimenting with selling eBooks by the chapter and section. They currently stock over 300,000 titles.

J.A. Konrath Earns $100k From Self Pub Books In 3 Weeks

In another ode to self publishing, DIY author J.A. Konrath posted a blog this week where he revealed that he earned $100,000 grand on Amazon in the last three weeks.

Here is more from his post: “This is just for my self-pubbed Kindle titles. It doesn’t include Shaken and Stirred, which were published by Amazon’s imprints. It doesn’t include any of my legacy sales, print or ebook. It doesn’t include audiobook sales. It doesn’t include sales from other platforms.” He shared his sales report of sales from this year on his blog and we’ve included the infographic above.

Despite the fact that the holiday retail season is over, Konrath is still doing well this month. In fact, the author says he has is averaging “well over $3500 a day” for January.