Saturday, October 17, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 127 -- Hot Links Saturday

Hot Links Saturday -- This Week's Top 5 Publishing Links

Google Wins Decades Long Online Publishing Dispute versus the Authors Guild 

Long story short: A company working with Google was scanning books from some university presses in order to STORE the books. Google was taking snippets of the books and posting them online so potential readers could get a "look inside" basically. They provided enough information to determine if the book was relevant to the search...so says Google. Authors Guild contends this is harmful to authors, may result in lost sales. Google won. The Authors Guild is taking it on the chin this year taking on Google and Amazon, both unsuccessfully it would seem. 

Publishing Start-Up Pronoun Looks for Path Around Amazon 

Good luck. Finding a path around Amazon will be mighty tough BUT Pronoun does seem to be trying to do the indie author business a little different from current indie publishing service providers. A good article to check out. 

What market share do Amazon, Apple, B&N Kobo and Google have selling eBooks?

Not big news here. I think we we all know Amazon is the big dog. I'll be making some moves in the coming months with regard to my 7 of my current (old) titles as I move onto phase two of my career and publish my next 6 books. I'll share more about the strategy in coming months. 

Self-Published Authors have Fewer Distribution Channels

This was an interesting article that basically echoes the sentiment of the previous article--Amazon is the biggest game in town and it concludes with a suggestion of on distribution for new authors with fewer than three books. 

It isn't Amazon Publishers Should Fear: It's Bookbub 

So, I think the real purpose of this article was to talk about how great his book did during it's Bookbub promotion but no one can contest that Bookbub is a brilliant marketing channel for those who can get accepted for it. 

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