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Kindle books 'outselling print' on Amazon.co.uk | The Bookseller

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Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk.

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The Importance of Being Edited | ePublish a Book

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Olsen: There's a disturbingly amusing and unfortunate letter in this one by traditionally published authors begging to be edited properly...

 

The Importance of Being Edited Self-publishers the world over are now looking up to John Locke,  the first indie to break the Kindle million-seller mark, and...

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The Evolving Model of the Entrepreneurial Novelist | Jane Friedman

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It’s pleasure to bring you this insightful Q&A with writer Sean Platt. As his own website states, Sean Platt writes it all. He writes copy, websites, books, and has most recently developed a new epic thriller series, Yesterday’s Gone, with his writing partner, David Wright.

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News Discovery Tools: The RSS Feed Search Engine

News Discovery Tools: The RSS Feed Search Engine | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for new RSS feeds of quality news sources to curate your own newsradar, the RSS Search Engine by Digital Inspiration may come to the rescue.

This free and easy to use RSS search engine, makes it very easy to search for your preferred keywords-keyphrases and it spits out instantly a selection of ten RSS feeds covering, at least in part, that very topic.

 

From the official site: "The RSS search engine will help you discover the most popular feeds on the web around your favorite topics. You may find blogs, news websites, podcasts, Twitter accounts and more."

Try it out now: http://ctrlq.org/rss/  ;

 

 


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Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search

Robin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to back. Paul Kedroski, who wrote this over a year and half ago, really captured the historical essence of content curation on the web.

 

This is an absolutely must-read article for anyone wanting to grasp what is happening with content curation on the web, hwile seeing things in proper perspective.

 

He wrote: "What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha.

 

It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape.

 

Search results ...so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page...

 

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There are two things that can happen now.

 

a) We could get better algorithms, which is happening to some degree, with search engines like Blekko and others.

 

b) Or, we could head back to curation, which is what I see happening, and watch new algos emerge on top of that next-gen curation again.

 

Think of Twitter as a new stab at curation, but there are plenty of other examples.

 

Yes, that sounds mad. If we couldn't index 100,000 websites in 1996 by hand, how do we propose to do 234-million by hand today?


The answer, of course, is that we won't -- do them all by hand, that is. Instead, the re-rise of curation is partly about crowd curation -- not one people, but lots of people, whether consciously (lists, etc.) or unconsciously (tweets, etc) -- and partly about hand curation (JetSetter, etc.).

 

We are going to increasingly see nichey services that sell curation as a primary feature, with the primary advantage of being mostly unsullied by content farms, SEO spam, and nonsensical Q&A sites intended to create low-rent versions of Borges' Library of Babylon.

 

The result will be a subset of curated sites that will re-seed a new generation of algorithmic search sites, and the cycle will continue, over and over.

 

In short, curation is the new search. It's also the old search."

 

Must read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-search-algorithm-is-spinning-out-of-control-2011-1

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, July 10, 2012 10:10 PM
Thank you Ishak.
Stewart-Marshall's comment, July 11, 2012 8:40 AM
Excellent - a very prophetic analysis - wished I'd read it a year and half ago :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, July 11, 2012 9:34 AM
I only use google like a phone book -when I'm looking for a specific reference. But if I'm doing research on a topic, my strategy for years has been to go to the key sources (curators) and look through their libraries. I find the lack of context that search returns - makes me want to throw up. It is a much better experience to see it in context through the yes of someone who knows the content area.
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What’s New at Lulu.com? Video Interview with Sarah Gilbert — The Book Designer

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What’s New at Lulu.com?Video Interview with Sarah Gilbert introduces the Manager of Sales and Account Management at the big self-publishing print on demand vendor...
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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: JA Konrath vs. Stephen King

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Ever seen animated ebook covers?  Joe's got them.  BAM!

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20 additional book promoting sites – part 2 | ePublish a Book

20 additional book promoting sites – part 2 | ePublish a Book | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
20 additional book promoting sites – part 2 Continued from 20 additional book promoting sites – part 1 For more resources, see our 40 book...
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Amazon, ebooks and advertising - O'Reilly Radar

Amazon already sells ads on the Kindle. Joe Wikert explains why ad-supported ebooks are a logical next step for the company.

 

Looming... 

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Are Books Becoming Too Long to Read?

Are Books Becoming Too Long to Read? | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
Are writers including every nugget of research done on Google, and are publishers churning out these humongous volumes in order to justify their existence and bulk up e-book prices? Marc Wortman asks.

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Self-Publishing Survey Coming Soon from Taleist — The Book Designer

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Self-Publishing Survey Coming Soon from Taleist talks about the new survey and what it might mean for authors...
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Authors – Follow Amazon KPD’s Terms of Service! - Word Pursuit-Jason G. Anderson

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Diesel eBooks comes out with its own ereading software | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Diesel eBooks comes out with its own ereading software | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
From the press release: Diesel eBooks has just rolled out a suite of new mobile products designed to deliver more choice and freedom, and to counteract what...
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Grammar Girl : Top Ten Grammar Myths :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Olsen: Nice myth busting!

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How Many Web Sites Are There?

How Many Web Sites Are There? | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it

Olsen: Still more than I expected...

 

That's a bit of a trick question, as there isn't a definite answer. However, right now there are 644 million active websites on the Internet according to Netcraft. Netcraft's March 2012 website...

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olsen jay nelson's comment, July 30, 2012 6:40 PM
Quite a rate of increase!
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What the eBook Revolution Means and How Copywriters Can Prosper From It | Copyblogger

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Olsen: You may be horrified by the success of 'Yesterday's Gone,' but you'll also be inspired...

 

You love books. Printed books.And like most writers, you’re probably an avid reader who has spent thousands of hours with print books over your lifeti...

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Video: The Book Marketing Continuum — The Book Designer

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Olsen: Great info from a guy who knows...

 

12:52 min Video: The Book Marketing Continuum describes a loop of success that you can enter into by savvy book marketing combined with community building...

 

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Commenting on the Publishing Wars of 2012 | Digital Book World

Commenting on the Publishing Wars of 2012 | Digital Book World | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
When I came into the book publishing industry just nine months ago, one of the many interesting things I discovered was how passionate everyone was about other...
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Good Advice About Bad Writing

How does one avoid being a bad writer? Presumably, most people visiting or subscribing to this site needn’t concern themselves with being accused of high crimes against the English language, but allow me to make a distinction between poor writing...
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28 Ideas to Avoid Blog Burnout: Keep it Fresh

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Don't give up on blogging when you start feeling burnt out. Take a break, find new inspiration, learn to pace yourself and get right back in there.

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20 additional book promoting sites – part 1 | ePublish a Book

20 additional book promoting sites – part 1 | ePublish a Book | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
20 additional book promoting sites

The Internet is a vast and lively place where book promoting sites are numerous, so we decided it was time to add more...
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edittorrent: Want to be an editor when you grow up? :)

edittorrent: Want to be an editor when you grow up? :) | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it

"This might not be the answer you want, but I will be truthful. There is certainly a knack to editing, or an instinct, if you will. I just know that I can see things in the way the words lay down on the page, and things like grammar and mechanics came easily to me. I've had that knack my whole life, but -- and this is kind of the bad news -- it's not enough, on its own, to make someone a good editor. It's an essential start, but it's not enough on its own."


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Convert Books to ePub/mobi Formats with Free Converter

Convert Books to ePub/mobi Formats with Free Converter | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Epub converter allows you to convert pdf, doc and other types of documents and e-books to EPUB format. 2epub is 100% free online converter.

 

2EPUB allows you to convert PDF, doc and other types of documents & books to ePub format, the standard format for ebooks, supported by almost every reading device including iPad, iPhone, iPod, Sony Reader, BeBook, Nook, Kobo (for Kindle use .mobi).

 

Nothing to download. Simply upload your files directly on this page by using the "Browse" button.


Input formats: doc, docx, epub, fb2, html, lit, lrf, mobi, odt, pdb, pdf, prc, rtf, txt.

 

Output formats: epub, fb2, lit, lrf, mobi

 

Download it here: http://www.2epub.com/


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DIY self-publishing: perfect formatting method for epub and mobi | Olsen Jay Nelson

DIY self-publishing: perfect formatting method for epub and mobi | Olsen Jay Nelson | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
DIY formatting for epub and mobi is fast and easy, so you needn't pay a professional to do it for you. Here's how ...
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Daniel Salvo's comment, May 23, 2012 10:45 AM
I have the Writer version (from Open Office) with the option for create ePub. What do you think about it?
olsen jay nelson's comment, May 23, 2012 10:56 PM
Oh, I didn't know about that one! Conversion is fairly systematic. The only thing to look out for is how well the program formats for it; this will become apparent when you check it on an ereader. If you want the end result to be in epub, you should have an epub reader to check it on. Then you can find the formatting problems and fix them back in your word processor. Otherwise, just convert them to mobi online or through Mobi Pocket; then check them on your Kindle.

I haven't used Open Office in years and never used the Writers' version. I suspect it's probably decent these days.
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Sales Rank Tracking for Author Book Sales on Amazon | NovelRank

Sales Rank Tracking for Author Book Sales on Amazon | NovelRank | Resources and trend analysis for authors, webcopy writers and web developers | Scoop.it
Free Amazon Sales Rank tracker for tracking book sales on all Amazon domains. No login required, no ads, no costs, charts, rss feeds and more.
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