E is for eBooks

For decades, the music industry believed that what they sold were albums (on vinyl and then on CD). When mp3s became a standard electronic file format for audio files, the music studios had no idea what to do. The idea that they were selling music …

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The Disruptive “D”

Publishing is undergoing disruption. Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen introduced the world to his analysis of technological changes in his seminal “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” where be coined the word (and idea) of “disruption.” Long standing firms (incumbents) suddenly lose the power and dominance to …

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"The Report—Author Earnings": hard numbers, without the hyperbole

Something amazing hit the internet today: The Report – Author Earnings, a new data-crunching analysis provided by Hugh Howey and an unnamed database engineer. We’ve already seen a lot of anecdotal information about how much authors are making these days. Here’s something much more methodical. This …

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Kindle freebie post-mortem

Last Friday and Saturday we ran a free promotion of the Kindle version (and currently only version) of Cold Sake, and we have to say we were disappointed. Friday was a slow day. We had about 250 downloads. The book kicked up the subgenre ranks, …

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