We're taking a podcast break during the month of August, so instead we'll bring you what we've covered so far on our 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy. Below are some of the highlights, with links to the full podcasts and transcripts. We'll return in September with new episodes.
What Does Brexit Mean for Indie Authors?
While the United States has been so absorbed with its own problems that Brexit seemed to be something happening in a land far, far away. But, of course, the divorce from the European Union impacts just about everything in the United Kingdom. Fortunately, we have Dan Holloway, who is exploring the labyrinthine implications Brexit has for indie authors in this January 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast.
Findaway Voices Steps in for Indies in Wake of Audiblegate
In the February 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast, we talk about Findaway Voices, an audiobook service that’s an alternative to Audible, which is causing headaches for indie authors after the Audiblegate controversy. We also talk about something called social reading, and look back on the legacy of Jeff Bezos at Amazon.
Amazon Attacks Libraries, What are Non-Fungible Tokens?
In the March 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast, we talk about Amazon’s attack on libraries, pay homage to the late Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and answer the question, “What the heck are non-fungible tokens?”
Kindle Vella and the Rise of Subscription Services
In the April 2021 Self-Publishing News Podcast, we’ll talk about Amazon’s new Kindle Vella serial subscription service and what this latest model means for indie authors. It’s all part of our continuing coverage of the rise of book subscription services and the opportunities and dangers they pose. We’ll also talk about the London Book Fair’s decision to go all virtual this year.
Storytel Hooks Up With Spotify for Audiobooks
Today, we will talk about the audiobook partnership between Storytel and Spotify, which should give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. Also, there are new ways authors can connect with fans.
The EU Copyright Directive, and Where Are the Young Indie Authors?
Today, we will talk about the new EU new copyright directive and what it means for indie authors. Also, we ask, “Where have all the young indie authors gone?”
Indie Authors ‘Go Wide’ With Paid Newsletters
Paid newsletters are an increasingly popular way for authors to keep in touch with their readers. Are they for you? The Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing News podcast looks at new options for monetizing social media content such as Twitter super followers and Tumblr posts. News Editor Dan Holloway and News and Podcast Producer Howard Lovy discuss new ways for indie authors to diversify income streams. Also, do Substack’s subscription newsletters offer a real opportunity or a distraction?