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ALLi Watchdog: Latest On Author Solutions

Recent news from ALLi Watchdog Victoria Strauss about a second class action being taken out against Author Solutions, the umbrella firm for many imprints that provide “self-publishing services” that fail to deliver for authors, has been followed up by two great pieces of analysis by David Gaughran and Mick Rooney.   DAVID GAUGHRAN: “You may not have heard […]

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Scottish Conference Opens Up To Indie Authors

Reporting from her base on the Isle of Skye, Anne Stormont brings encouraging news for indie authors from the recent Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) annual conference, which welcomed both trade- and self-published authors. Judging books by their covers was just one topic at the 2015 SAW conference… This year’s annual conference of the Scottish […]

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ALLi Watchdog: Amazon vs Apple

In this month’s ALLi Watchdog post, the indefatigable Giacomo Giammatteo compares Apple with Amazon. Read on to let him help you decide whether you should be trying to get your bite of the Apple,… Amazon Vs Apple Everyone knows that Amazon sells more books than Apple, but it’s becoming obvious that Apple has moved past B&N […]

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Print on Demand (POD) Gets a New Player

ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo announces exciting news of the latest big player to offer print on demand (POD) services to self-publishing and indie authors. BookBaby Enters the Print on Demand (POD) Market For what seems like the longest time, the POD market has been controlled by two players: CreateSpace and IngramSpark. Not that there haven’t […]

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Watchdog: The Two-Way Ethics of Authors and Service Providers

    Continuing the conversation begun in ALLi’s Ethical Author campaign towards the end of 2014, ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammaetteo draws attention to the importance of indie authors behaving ethically towards service providers. Ethical Behavior Is Not An Option I’ve seen a lot of talk—complaining actually—about the ethics of traditional publishers, vanity presses, and even […]

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Event Report: Self-Publishing in the Digital Age Conference

In our occasional series of reports of events for authors, British designer, author and editor Henry Hyde shares his experience of “Self-Publishing in the Digital Age”, a high profile one-day event held in London last month, organised by Bloomsbury Publishing, publisher of the Writers & Artists series of books and the related website. The succession […]

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Watchdog: Ebook Distribution Takes a Leap Forward

ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo shares exciting news about some great new features to be offered by ebook distributors that will benefit all indie authors who used them to sell their self-published books. . Publishing Is Changing, And Ebook Distribution Is Changing With It It wasn’t long ago that self-published authors faced a never-ending list of […]

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Watchdog: Big Changes at Bookbaby

EBook Distribution Options Is Free eBook Distribution At An End? Everyone knows that the publishing industry is experiencing massive changes and at the center of that is ebook distribution. For a long time (as measured in the rapidly changing self-published market) Smashwords dominated ebook distribution. Soon enough though, the growth of the industry attracted competition. […]

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Boston Book Festival: Open Up To Indies, Redux

One year on from her first report about the Boston Book Festival, American indie author Christine Frost brings better news from the 2014 event. In fall 2013, the organizers of the Boston Book Festival conducted an experiment. Called “Indie Alley,” it offered tables to self-published authors, but the plan went awry when the originally designated […]

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