2012 was a landmark year for self-publishing, seeing not only the launch of the Alliance of Independent Authors, but also the publishing platforms Draft2Digital and Kobo Writing Life, and the advertising medium BookBub, all of which are still significant players. Since then, indie authors have rocked the book world non-stop. Here’s a round-up of the defining changes year on year - which show how far we’ve come, how fast we’re adapting and innovating, and how we’ve changed the face of publishing forever. This is ten years of self-publishing.
A $7.8m judgment against piracy site Kiss Library might not help authors actually get compensated. Amazon removes authors' books from KDP without warning, possibly because its overzealous bots have discovered pirated copies of the works elsewhere.
Facebook promises 10,000 jobs in Europe working on the Metaverse. Amazon launches KDP Transparency Codes.
KDP lets you print hardbacks, and PublishDrive adds distribution through Ingram as the global supply chain for print books run into problems. Meanwhile Audible Plus continues to expand.
A perennial problem for indie authors is the interplay between Amazon and IngramSpark, where POD titles by Ingram are marked on Amazon as requiring days, weeks, or even months for fulfillment; or they are shown as "out of stock" entirely. Today, John Doppler ALLi's Watchdog and Adam Croft, discuss the issue of Amazon and IngramSpark delays.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Using KDP to make a book available on Amazon
It's no coincidence that nondisclosure clauses in publishers' terms and conditions protect the elements most likely to be cited in complaints.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about What does being an Amazon Bestseller mean?
Why do I need an author website? Our #AskALLi Member Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn and ALLi Director Orna Ross, and this month they'll be answering this question and more.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about KDP Select or Wide?
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Uploading a Book to Amazon
What are the best time management tips for authors? Our Member Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn and ALLi Director Orna Ross.