Here is this week’s installment of the Wordpreneur Reader, with links to articles elsewhere I found informative and useful. Enjoy, go forth and learn, Grasshopper!
All Hail the Kindle Single, Says Top Literary Critic (The Atlantic) — “E-readers have been praised for their convenience, portability, and, even, the purity of the reading experience they provide. But e-readers are more than a new way to read the same material you would find in printed books… they are also cracking open a market for a new form of writing: the longer longform — not quite book-length but way too long for most magazines.”
Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere (TechCrunch) — “Android’s native browser has finally overtaken Opera to become the world’s most popular mobile web browser… that makes Google now one of the biggest forces in the mobile web as well as smartphone sales.”
Author Blogging 101: The Power of Viewpoint (The Book Designer) — “However, there’s another viewpoint that might be even more powerful than either of these other two, Authority and Newbie… You might think of this viewpoint as Older sibling or trusted friend.”
Ebooks: why it pays to self-publish (The Guardian) — “At last year’s London Book Fair, a well-respected publisher confessed to running away from self-published authors at parties. Everyone laughed. After all, the writer who dares go it alone is one of the last acceptable victims of literary snobbery… British author Rachel Abbott, whose DIY debut, Only the Innocent, is currently riding high in the Amazon Kindle charts, presumably couldn’t give a fig about all that.”
E-Readers Catch Younger Eyes and Go in Backpacks (New York Times) — “Something extraordinary happened after Eliana Litos received an e-reader for a Hanukkah gift in December… ‘Some weeks I completely forgot about TV,’ said Eliana, 11. ‘I went two weeks with only watching one show, or no shows at all. I was just reading every day.’”
Five Ways to Find Leads from Facebook (Entrepreneur) — “Can Facebook really generate leads for B2B companies? For many that try to attract and engage fans through the networking site, there is something fundamentally awkward about the attempt.”
Have others promote your book – How to get Reviews (Indies Unlimited) — “Reviews are more important than just getting feedback about your book. It’s common knowledge that Amazon figures reviews in their ranking system. So the more reviews you have, the better ranked your book could be.”
How does Apple’s new iPad stack up against rivals? (Consumer Reports/Yahoo!) — “Apple launched a new iPad yesterday, but it also did something it hasn’t done since it introduced its first tablet two years ago: It dropped prices on an older version.”
How to turn around a sales slump by asking the right questions (Build Book Buzz) — “Your mind is a very valuable tool when applied in a useful way, whatever stage you are at in book publishing. But it can also be a very toxic enemy to success when old beliefs are allowed to run the show.”
How to Write a Q & A Article for a Magazine (Write Nonfiction NOW!) — “Writing a Q & A article actually is one of the easier types of articles to write for a magazine, and you can employ the same technique on your blog quite successfully as well.”
The iPad of 1935 (Smithsonian) — Actually, if Amazon was around then, this would have been their Kindle.
The New Slush Pile: How Readers Are Choosing The Next Bestsellers (The Militant Writer) — “While the old guard in the books industry is still busy struggling to figure out how to give traditional publishers, agents and bookstores some relevance in the new order, a far more significant change is taking place just beyond their (albeit limited and utterly self-focused) lines of vision.”
Some eBook marketing ideas by Jennie Walters (Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?) — “Experienced marketers may dismiss my efforts with a lite larff (as Nigel Molesworth sa) but fellow novices may find something of use, or perhaps one idea that will spark off another.”
Thought Leadership #1: What Does It Mean? (Dr. Liz Alexander) — “The ‘thought leader’ designation is used by others to describe a person of stature and repute; an individual realistically can’t declare themselves to be a ‘thought leader,’ though some try.”
Time Management For Book Lovers (Digital Book Today) — “[T]ime management… should be about balance, about nurturing those around us while we accomplish a reasonable amount.”
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers (Wall Street Journal) — “The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books…”
Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It’s .Seizable (Wired) — “[T]he U.S. government says… it has the right to seize any .com, .net and .org domain name because the companies that have the contracts to administer them are based on United States soil…”
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