Wordpreneur Reader 08.31.2012

Here is this week’s Friday installment of the Wordpreneur Reader, with links to articles elsewhere I found informative and useful. Enjoy, go forth and learn, Grasshopper!

A Complete Guide to Facebook Lists (Mashable) — “Facebook‘s Lists functionality started as a way to help manage privacy, but since the launch of ‘Subscribe,’ Lists have become a way to better organize groups of friends and see content in your stream based on your interests.”

Award-Winning Manga Author Opens Up His Work To Be Used By ‘Anyone, Anywhere, For Anything,’ Royalty-Free (Techdirt) — “[A]nyone in the world will be free to novelize, televise, create merchandise, or in any way adapt the original work for either commercial or non-commercial purposes without having to pay royalties.”

dot coma – Are Domain Names Even Relevant Now? (Convince & Convert) — “Today, the beer.com domain name has been abandoned, and I wonder why we even bother to worry about whether ‘good’ domain names are available. After all, how often do you really encounter domain names these days?”

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas (Paul Grah am) — “The biggest startup ideas are terrifying. And not just because they’d be a lot of work. The biggest ideas seem to threaten your identity: you wonder if you’d have enough ambition to carry them through.”

How to Sell to the World’s Biggest Retailer (Book Business) — “Wal-mart is open for business and you can sell to them. What does it take to get on their shelves? You do not have to be a large publisher to sell your books to them, but you have to know what you are doing in order to be successful. The submission process is outlined on their website.”

How to Tell the Stories Your Audience Wants to Hear (Copyblogger) — “[I]f you’re lucky… you’ll get a minute and a half to tell your story… But if your stories aren’t original, creative, and relevant to your audience… no one will listen. Here’s a few ideas on how to change that outcome…”

9 Businesses Using Pinterest Contests to Drive Traffic and Exposure (Social Media Examiner) — “Using Pinterest contests, your brand can engage with consumers in a personal and cost-effective way… I’ll show you different types of Pinterest contests and examples to get you inspired to craft a Pinterest contest for your business.”

Own e-books? Publishers to pay back millions over price fixing charges (Ars Technica) — ” Under the agreement… the Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster will award consumers monetary compensation if they purchased e-books from those publishing companies between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.”

What The New York Times should do next: membership (Nieman Journalism Lab) — “To be sustainable past print’s lifespan… the Times will have to build more meaning and more value into a membership program.”

Why Is Jeff Bezos Always Talking To Me? (Fast Company) — “Every so often I land on Amazon.com and notice the homepage has changed. Instead of seeing my usual browsing history, the latest Kindle, or some other carefully tailored offers, I find a letter from Jeff Bezos.”

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