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Opinion: How Ereaders Help Your Books Reach Unreachable Readers

The high-profile Hachette debate, the sockpuppet saga and many other issues have often caused authors and readers to damn all things Amazonian, including the Kindle. Ereaders as a whole are often criticised as the enemy of books, reading, libraries, culture, civilisation… The more positive take on ereaders is less often told: that those with certain medical […]

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Publishing: Update on The Ethics of Reviewing Other Authors’ Books

Two years on from “sockpuppetgate” – when certain authors were discovered to be posting negative reviews of books they deemed to be in competition with their own – there is still confusion and dissent about the ethics and etiquette of authors reviewing other authors’ books. This post shares self-published authors’ current views on the issue […]

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Publishing: Is the Quality of Print Books Diminishing?

Paperback books were developed as an affordable alternative to hardbacks, democratising book ownership. These days ebooks usually offer a cheaper alternative to print. But are production standards of trade paperbacks falling as publishers aim to optimise their profit margins? On ALLi’s closed Facebook group, visible to members only, there was a lively discussion of the […]

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Publishing: How to Make an Audio Book – Interview with Audio Artist Elizabeth Klett

With so much talk about audio books being the Next Big Thing for indie authors, ALLi author member Jane Steen, currently creating her first audio book, volunteered Elizabeth Klett to tell us more about the subject from the audio artist’s point of view. It was a pleasure to interview this highly experienced and enthusiastic professional. […]

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Publishing: How do Book Bloggers Work? Interview with Stephanie M Hopkins

Understanding how book bloggers operate will help you approach them in the right way and increase your chance of gaining traction for your self-published books on their websites. I’m therefore very pleased to interview today a prominent book blogger, Stephanie M Hopkins, to take us behind the scenes. First, to set the scene, here are a few […]

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Publishing: Can Indie Authors Dispense with The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook?

Here’s an interesting debate to start the weekend! Should indie authors dispense with the weighty publishing industry directories that have long been a must-have for any author’s bookshelf, like Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (UK) or The Writer’s Handbook (US)? In this post, Scottish indie author Ian Sutherland describes how becoming a self-published author made him […]

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