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Narrated version of Woolf’s “A Haunted House”

Narrated version of Woolf’s “A Haunted House”

In this hauntingly beautiful story, Virginia Woolf relates the tale of a living couple sharing a house with the ghosts of the couple who once lived there, decades earlier. Narrated by Sarah Lipton, this is the first in a planned ePublish Yourself! series highlighting...

Video Overview: Review and Markup with Adobe Reader

Video Overview: Review and Markup with Adobe Reader

Once upon a time, if you wanted to use the full range of editorial markup tools on a PDF, you had to buy a full-fledged version of Acrobat Professional. Times have changed. You can now do complete markup using the free version of Adobe Reader, which is an excellent...


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My Self-Publishing Strategy in 2016

My Self-Publishing Strategy in 2016

You might be surprised to learn that Amazon is not the only way that an indie author can distribute a book to the world. There are several options, and several distributors, each with its own set of complications and advantages. I spent weeks gathering all the...

Building Your Brand: Telling Stories with Ebooks

Building Your Brand: Telling Stories with Ebooks

Ebooks rose to fame on the strength of indie authors suddenly freed from the shackles and strictures of the traditional publishing world, releasing their works—good, bad, and indifferent—to the world. On the plus side, indie publishing brought us titles that might...

Traditional Publishing Unfair

Traditional Publishing Unfair

The news may not be surprising, but traditional publishing offers fewer opportunities and less renumeration these days for authors in the UK, as detailed in this article published in The Guardian. Figures released by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Socity show...

Trust Your Customer: An Instructive Lesson in Sales

Trust Your Customer: An Instructive Lesson in Sales

In the small southern Vermont town where I live, my morning walks take me down roads and past buildings that have been around since the 18th century (including Ice Pond Farm, a farmstead built in 1792). A recent walk had me reflecting on the nature of trust in...


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An article in the Wall Street Journal in July of this year proclaimed that audiobooks have become the fastest-growing format in the book world. The Audio Publisher Association pointed to sales increases of 21 percent in the U.S. and Canada between 2014 and 2015. (July 2016)

As detailed in an article on The Digital Reader, Scribd has shut down their unlimited subscription service as of March 2016. Instead, readers get access to three ebooks and one audiobook per month, selected from choices in a catalog of bestsellers. Apparently, some customers responded to the digital equivalent of an eat-all-you-want buffet by gluttonously downloading large quantities of digital content.(February 2016)

Publishing Perspectives reports that, according to Nielsen Book, self-published books (digital and print) represented 5% of the total market in 2014, totaling £58 million of book spend and some 17 million units. Self-published titles represented 5% of all books sold (again print and digital) and 15% of all ebooks (up 16% in the first quarter of 2015 and up 77% since 2012). (June 10, 2015)

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), as reported by Digital Book World, U.S. publishers scored about $28 billion in revenue in 2014, with ebooks growing 3.8% to roughly $3.37 billion for the year. (June 10, 2015)

Digital Book World reports that, according to an Association of American Publishers (AAP) survey, roughly 3.88 million audiobooks and 2.47 million ebooks were distributed by subscription services in the U.S. in 2014. (June 10, 2015)

According to Digital Census, just less than half (48.1%) of self-published authors report that they have sold fewer than 1,000 ebooks. About a quarter (25.9%) claim to have sold between 1,000 and 5,000 copies. (November 10, 2014)

Three-quarters (76.5%) of publishers who responded to The Bookseller’s Digital Census believe that territorial rights are coming under increasing pressure in the evolving global ebook market. (November 10, 2014)

More than two-thirds (71.0%) of respondents to The Bookseller’s Digital Census said that they buy ebooks regularly from Amazon. That is more than five times as many as from the next most popular ebookstore, which is Apple’s iBookstore (13.4%). (November 10, 2014)

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