Cuba's Book Embargo Tackled by Trade With White House Petitions

Key players in the American publishing community are unified in their call for a lift of the US book embargo of Cuba; a public petition is also up. Read More

Authors United’s Divisive Stand on Amazon

Authors Unlimited’s 3-hour event at New America warned that Amazon’s market position will cause “long-term effects on the global book trade.” Read More

Looking for Truth in Time of Hype

  ‘There’s Never Been a Better Time To Be A Writer’ You’ve read that line, of course, we all have. Sometimes here at Writer Unboxed. I’ve seen this mantra frequently over the past few years in blog posts, conference reports and news items. And I don’t disagree there’s been a lot to celebrate. This is… Read More

'Growing pains': Scribd's romance 'purge'

Mark Coker: Smashwords’ Scribd sales may ‘drop at least 50 percent’ Coming in the context of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select’s controversial new per-page paymentsin its Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) services, the news from Scribd may not raise independent authors’ spirits. One key platform c.e.o., Smashwords’ Mark Coker, refers to it as a… Read More

Scribd makes cuts to romance in its catalog

Scribd has announced to publishers and distributors that it is “making some adjustments, particularly to romance” in its $8.99-per-month ebook subscription service. Described by Mark Coker, founder and c.e.o. of Smashwords, as “dramatic cuts to [Scribd’s] catalog of romance and erotica titles,” the changes are removing an unknown portion of the subscription’s titles from the… Read More

How big is self-publishing? Data-Dancing on the platforms

The conga line forms here.  If you’ve been with us in the past few days here at The FutureBook, you’ll know that we’re tripping the estimates fantastic in terms of just how large a market we’re talking about when we say “self-publishing” in the UK and US markets. As the author Hugh Howey has pointed… Read More

New And Serious Talk For Authors

Quiet Qualms, Important Inquiries Most major ebook retailers have suffered anemic or declining sales over the last 12-18 months. The gravy train of exponential sales growth is over. Indies have hit a brick wall and are scrambling to make sense of it. Mark Coker In a way, Mark Coker of Smashwords may be saying what we… Read More Kindle Unlimited On The Line

‘I wish our conclusions could be more . . . conclusive’ But all things being equal? Authors are working without a net right now. As with so many things in publishing at this point in its encounter with the digital dynamic, the potential contradictions loom large in the new AuthorEarnings.comreport, just out today from the… Read More

‘We Demand Parity’: Labor Unrest Among Amazon’s Authors

“Self-Published Authors Have Never Had a Level Playing Field On Amazon” If I were writing a television newscast script for an anchor on a US network right now, the first line of this story would be: Has Amazon finally gone too far? Fortunately, I’m not writing for the crowd that enjoys the network TV cliché-fest because… Read More

And If the Readership Pulls in Different Directions?

While lots of authors are fond of saying that readers don’t care whether something is traditionally published or self-published, many of them also want to tell you there’s this marching army of indie-only reading author. Read More