No, you've not got double vision. You did see me yesterday. And now you're seeing me again. I will try to not appear myself tomorrow, don't worry!
So, this is the reason you've seen me twice. Yesterday's post (here) was devoted to the current consultation on proposed changes to Australian intellectual property law. There are some updates (here) but if you do nothing else, go back and have a look at yesterday's post.
Kobo on the March
It might be item number 2, but really big, and exciting news is that Waterstones is handing its ebook business over to Kobo. Find out the full story here.
Rebel Girls, from the book's Kickstarter
Indies are increasingly using Kickstarter. And our own Ben Galley has had great success with it as a platform. It is particularly useful for those books that have big upfront costs such as translations or, like Ben's, graphic novels. It is into that category our next story fits with news of the colossal success of the Rebel Girls Kickstarter. You can read the full story here but the long and short is that the initial $40,000 target for the book that seeks to provide inspiring role models for girls has been surpassed 15 fold in just a few days!
Self-publish and be Sneered at
This was a really interesting piece in the Bookseller this week from Clare Christian offering a timely reminder that not all self-published books are the same and it makes no sense to judge them as such. Thanks to Peter Snell of Barton's Bookshop for the tip.
Meanwhile, over at Writer Unboxed (here – thank you to Jane Davis for the tip), Porter Anderson offers a typically thoughtful and provocative analysis of the effect of the downward pressure on ebook pricing on consumers and the industry as a whole
Upcoming conferences and events
International Literature Festival: May 21 – 29 [Dublin, Ireland] Australian Booksellers Association Conference & Trade Exhibition: May 29 – 30 [Melbourne, Australia]
(The above list may not include all the major events; please feel free to email us with any important ones we’ve missed out, or include in comments below.)All the week's top news for indie & #selfpub authors Click To Tweet