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Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

How do you solve a problem like the Hydra?

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Random House are in a fight over a nine-headed monster. Well, sort of. Last week, Digital Book World reported on an … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Standing out from the self-publishing crowd: Blogger Jessica Heights on reaching ebook success

In the age of ereaders, self-publishing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for writers. Rather than have to undergo the long and arduous process of finding an agent and/or publisher, … Continue reading

February 3, 2013

Changing the way we see ourselves: perceptions of publishers

What are we doing here? That’s the sort of existential question we as publishers have been asking—and responding to—again and again as publishing (aided by digital formats and by increased … Continue reading

November 5, 2012

A preview of the 2012 Boston Book Festival

This Saturday, October 27, the fourth annual Boston Book Festival takes place in Copley Square, Boston. If you’ve never been, the festival is a place where authors, illustrators, journalists, filmmakers, and more … Continue reading

October 23, 2012

Google Chrome’s ad: “An Awesome World” about a self-published “awesome dad”

Have you seen Google Chrome’s video about children’s book author Dallas Clayton? I happened to catch it during X Factor commercials last week. (Don’t judge. I was curious.) The ad describes Clayton’s goal … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Bestselling authors: Embracing change or sticks in the mud?

Here at Appazoogle, we spend a lot of time examining consumer predilections towards book formats. We look at how these behaviors create financial, strategic, and evolutionary implications for publishers. But since … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

The economic failings of the Espresso Book Machine

In a series of previous posts, Appazoogle guest blogger, Casey Brown, touched on using the Espresso Book Machine to create bound proofs for a book proposal project. In this post, … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Update! More details emerge about Kobo Writing Life

In an article posted last week I drew comparison between Writing Life, Kobo’s new self-publishing platform, and three other existing platforms: Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!, … Continue reading

June 20, 2012

Kobo launches Writing Life, its new self-publishing platform: How does it stack up?

Canadian-based and Japanese-owned Kobo, the popular ereading services company, announced last week that it would soon begin its foray into the self-publishing world. Kobo’s new self-publishing platform is called Writing … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 4 Comments

Working with the Evil Empire, part I: Deciding to self-publish with Amazon

This is the first part of a series of first-person posts documenting the experiences of a self-published, niche author with Amazon and CreateSpace, Amazon’s print-on-demand publishing platform. I published with … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 10 Comments

Is publishing broken?

When the Department of Justice ruled against the agency model, we kind of felt sucker-punched. By ‘we,’ I mean us here at Appazoogle, but also publishers and booksellers in general. Rather … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Are ebooks the new paperbacks?

It’s not uncommon knowledge that the way ebooks have infiltrated the publishing industry has caused nothing short of hysteria. Publishers, not usually noted for their ability to adapt quickly to … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 13 Comments

Amazon, plagiarism, and self-publishing

Piracy. Plagiarism. Publishing. “P” words have been getting a lot of attention in the news lately, particularly with growing concerns about SOPA. Amid all of the coverage on Internet blackout … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Writing our way into a brave new world

Written in response to “Fifteen minutes of writer’s fame” by Zaynah Qutubuddin Studying to be a professional writer feels like a hybrid of hard work and gambling. Aesthetic impulses must … Continue reading

January 4, 2012

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