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Off the Page: Age-Appropriate eBooks for Readers with Obstacles

Off the Page: Age-Appropriate eBooks for Readers with Obstacles | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
Having been a teacher of at-risk high school students, I'm going to go out on a limb and declare a recent innovation by two teachers from New Zealand to be the
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Aspiring authors talk self-publishing, creativity - Martinsburg Journal

Aspiring authors talk self-publishing, creativity - Martinsburg Journal | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
Martinsburg Journal Aspiring authors talk self-publishing, creativity Martinsburg Journal In addition to leading the group, Hosby is a self-published author and teaches a creative writing course through Berkeley County's Adult Community Education...
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Hashtags on Facebook at Last | Self-Publishing Advice

Hashtags on Facebook at Last | Self-Publishing Advice | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it

So many people have been asking for hashtags (#) on Facebook for so long, now the billion plus Facebook users will be able to see the larger view of what's happening or what people are talking about."


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, June 21, 2013 3:13 PM
Thanks for sharing, Penelope. Very useful...have a great weekend. /Kenneth
Penelope's comment, June 21, 2013 3:40 PM
You are welcome, Kenneth! Glad you liked it! May your weekend be a good one as well. ;)
Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:53 PM

#Facebook is what's happening, Twitter is only getting bigger.

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The Author Services Network

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There is an April promotion for authors, click here www.authorservicesnetwork for details.

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Book Clubs of the World on Twitter

Book Clubs of the World on Twitter | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it

Whether you meet online in Ontario or in your sitting room in Sydney, Book Clubs on Twitter brings together the world's book clubs in one place. Add your book club to the list and follow the latest book news around the world.

 

Who is reading what, and what do they think?

 

https://twitter.com/TheBookAwards/book-clubs

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4 Thrillers From Debut Authors You Should Know About

4 Thrillers From Debut Authors You Should Know About | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
If you liked 'Gone Girl' or 'The Girl on the Train,' you should try these new releases.
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Self-publishing for Beginners: How to add an Amazon Store to your Facebook Page

Self-publishing for Beginners: How to add an Amazon Store to your Facebook Page | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
Self-publishing for Beginners: How to add an Amazon Store to your Facebook Page http://t.co/Xup4cQYNeZ

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Thomas Amo's curator insight, June 9, 2013 11:37 PM

could prove helpful

JudithBriles's comment, June 12, 2013 7:28 PM
it's a smart author move to get people buying on Amazon ... everyone knows the name.
Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:55 PM

Add a Amazon store to your Facebook page..

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If you're good enough, you can earn cash for proof reading 5 to 25 pages or editing complete manuscripts. Join the crowd sourcing revolution at www.authorservicesnetwork.com today!

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Transparency for Amazon Book Review System?

Transparency for Amazon Book Review System? | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
To help talented, emerging authors find an audience and distribution channels for their work.
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Long before the eBook and self-publishing era, traditional publishers employed an army of friendly, and often paid, reviewers to assist in the launch or promotion of their titles.

 

The public rarely knew if the recommendation, or killing of a book represented the reviewers own view, or whether it was motivated by commercial interests.

 

So the great army of new self-publishing, or 'indie', authors might have felt it was fair game to encourage mum or dad, or best friend, to write in and 'gild the lily' by writing a review about their new book. And mum or dad, or best friend may have chosen to hide their real names to facilitate the deceipt.

 

Let's not be high brow about this, if big business can do it, then so can indie authors.

 

However, when all this self admiration under a veil of secrecy turns into something more sinister, it's time to change the system. It's one thing to write great things about the labours of a loved one, it's quite another to start attacking a competitive title. And it's something else when a concerted effort is organised to force Amazon to remove a book you don't like, as recently reported in the New York Times.

 

The bottom line is that customers find honest reviews help with their buying decisions, so a way has to be found to clean up this act and make it more transparent. It also needs to be fairer to indie authors.

 

There are two things Amazon could do right now to improve transparency, and consequently the credibility of their reviews.

 

First, only allow people who have actually purchased a book to review it. That will help eliminate orchestrated hate campaigns.

 

Second, they need to remove the cloak of anonimity from reviewers. Why do reviewers need it if they are prepared to stand by their words? This would make it easier to spot paid and family reviews and those unpleasant individuals who delight in personal attacks on authors would lose their hiding place.

 

These measures wouldn't fix the problem, but they would have a huge impact in the right direction and restore much needed credibility to the many honest and informative reviewers out there.

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Rachel's Shoe

Rachel's Shoe | Books, readers and writers | Scoop.it
Romance blooms amidst the strife of German occupied Guernsy, spilling over into the heart of the Nazi Fatherland. read more at Kobo.
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Is this title earning royalties for the author?

 

Not at Kobo it isn't, they are ignoring copyright and selling without the author's or publisher's permission. Last March they confirmed by email that they had removed all Acclaimed Books Limited titles following instructions from the company. They had to be asked twice then.

 

Almost a year later, we found 3 Acclaimed Books titles in as many seconds.

 

Could this be the tip of the iceberg? If there are others like Acclaimed Books, who dumped Kobo to go exclusively with the Kindle Select program, there may well be substantial unpaid royalties accruing.

 

It begs the question; how do they manage their business? How could titles they say they have removed a year earlier, end up for sale on their website?

 

Needless to say, there's also the question of unpaid royalties. 

 

Quite profitable for Kobo really, until the lawyers catch up with them.

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His nibs's comment, January 14, 2013 11:38 AM
To make matters worse, they can't spell Guernsey!