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Starting Today ~ Amazon Lets Readers Help Decide Who Gets Published


Some would say that readers have always decided who gets published; but, the truth is that they have, at best, helped determine who gets published again…

Before the digital-book-age, legacy publishers were the only people who chose who got published.

In fact, through media manipulation, legacy publishers helped drive what most readers decided was worth reading.

In September, in the post, 3 More Ways To Publish An E-book, I revealed the first hint of what’s beginning today…

Then, at the beginning of this month, in the post, Amazon Reveals Its New Path To Being Published, I revealed the writer’s side of what’s beginning today…

Since then, writers have been submitting manuscripts to Amazon for what’s beginning today…

From BusinessWire:

…Amazon’s New Reader-Powered Publishing Program, Opens for Voting

Readers can now nominate favorite books for publication

New, never-before-published submissions across romance, science fiction and mystery & thriller genres are now live for nominations

Books that are popular with readers will be considered for publication by Kindle Press

They go on to say how it works:

  • Readers preview excerpts from new, never-before-published books…and nominate up to three favorites at a time.

  • At the end of a 30-day nomination campaign, the Kindle Scout team will review popular books and select the ones to be published.

  • As a thank you from Kindle Scout and the author, readers who nominated the published book receive a free, full-length Kindle edition one week before the book’s official release date.

  • New books are submitted every day, so readers should check back often.

And, from Amazon’s Scout Site, there’s what the authors get:

Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

So, if your a writer with a book that’s not yet published, you can Submit Your Manuscript.

And, if you want to be one of the readers helping decide who gets published, head on over to KindleScout
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One Top Rank Author Who Isn’t Fighting Amazon . . .


Ever been to the Frankfurt Book Fair?Amazon Hachette

I’m sure there were many comments, on stage and off, about how Amazon is ruining the literary world.

I’ll bet there were any number of arguments about the worth or threat of Amazon.

There was an article in Publishers Weekly that led with this sentence:

“At a standing room only session at the Frankfurt Book Fair, bestselling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho had a message for publishers: Embrace change. And, lower your e-book prices.”

This is quite a different perspective from other famous authors—like John Grisham and Stephen King—who are battling against Amazon and supporting the big publishers.

If you haven’t been keeping up with all this, checkout my past post, Almost Against My Will ~ Yet Another Look At The Amazon–Hachette Dispute…

Here are two other things Mr. Coelho said in that Publishers Weekly article:

“I’m not saying the war is lost. I’m saying we humans are still here because of our capacity of adapting ourselves. The war is not lost. It is the opposite. The war is won. Culture is now available all over the world. People can read.”

“There is a golden rule. Don’t be greedy.”

I was so impressed that a man who has sold more than 150 million books in over 150 countries worldwide could be so sane about where the literary business is heading that I went and found a video of him.

I think it speaks to everyone in the world…


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Almost Against My Will ~ Yet Another Look At The Amazon–Hachette Dispute…


{ Though a few years old, the ideas and principles presented are valuable… }

I write this blog to help folks explore Reading, Writing, and Publishing.

I often cover various hot topics in the news but, more often, lead people toward valuable information.

I’ve covered the Amazon–Hachette battle a number of times (links at the bottom) and, the last time, I almost didn’t do the post because I’m plainly disgusted with the way “business” intrudes on the smooth flow of the river of creativity.

There’s someone at Amazon who maintains that the only players necessary in the Book World are authors and readers.

But, the big publishers are frightened by self-publishing and the retailers (especially Amazon) are “just” businesses trying to make a buck.

I pity the folks who depend on the publishers and retailers for their living—the well-established authors as well as those writers attempting to emulate them and make a living by selling books…

There’s bound to be major change in the book market—probably bigger than what’s already happened—and, authors and readers may just work out methods that make the retailers and publishers act with more consideration…

So, I’ll give you two links to articles that display the most rationality I’ve seen yet in this Amazon–Hachette thing:

Making Sense of Amazon-Hachette

Facing a Dominant Platform? Change the Rules, Not Just the Terms

And, with the hope that I never feel I have to write about this convoluted mess again, here are a few of my past posts about it:

Financial “Entitlement” Morphs Into “Legal” Outrage ~ Amazon & Hachette

Making Certain Authors Eat Their Own Words . . .

The Corporations and The Writer ~ Who’s Winning?

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Friday Poll ~ Online vs Offline Bookstores


Online Bookstores

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The results of our last Friday Poll—What Are You Reading?—had a tie between Fiction and Non-fiction, with the top specific genres being Literary and Religious.

This week we’ll check out online and offline bookstores.

Do you buy books only online or only offline or both?

If online, is Amazon the only retailer you use?

If you shop somewhere besides Amazon, where’s that?

There’s a space at the bottom called “Other” where you can fill in the blanks in the poll for a place online or offline where you shop for books.  If you have more than one “Other”, go ahead and put one of them in that space, then Vote, then use the Poll’s “Comments” {at the bottom} for your other answers.
If you have ideas for future Friday Polls, do let me know in the Comments, ok?

So, on with the Poll!

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Two Words Left Out of Most of The Book World’s News . . .


So much news about e-books, traditional publishers, and Amazon—so little about Libraries and Bookstores

Libraries and Bookstores

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It can seem like words, no matter how well strung together, are just some commodity—market them aggressively—package ’em up and ship ’em out…

And, even though libraries and bookstores are attempting to integrate e-books into their offerings, more creativity and commitment are necessary…

I’ve posted quite a bit about e-books and libraries—not so much about bookstores; though, “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores” is probably worth a read :-)

So, what do you think or feel about bookstores and libraries?

Do you still use them?

Do you think they’ll disappear?

I found two articles about e-books and libraries that are not focused on the U.S.A.:

Report: Libraries Struggling with E-books

“The right to e-read”is a Europe-wide campaign

Do you think libraries should have as much access to e-books as the retailers have?

Will libraries become all-digital?

I also found a fascinating article about bookstores—Let’s Reinvent The Bookshop.

One telling excerpt from that article—“Curious to explore this territory, we asked four leading architecture and design practices to create a shop. Specifically, in the age of Amazon and e-books, a bookshop to save bookshops.”

Do you think all brick-and-mortar bookstores will disappear?

Do you think bookstores can save themselves by integrating e-books?

When’s the last time you visited a bookstore?

Would you be happy if they all went away?

It’s always a gamble trying to predict the future; though, there’s nothing wrong with holding a vision of the future and working hard to bring it into reality…

Are we doomed to a future that’s only digital?

Do you know people who are envisioning a future with “real” bookstores and libraries?
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