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A leading expert on creator copyright speaks out

What if copyright law took authors rights seriously? Many groups claim to do so, but Professor Rebecca Giblin, one of the world’s leading experts on creator copyright, isn’t convinced. Professor Giblin argues that creators are often placed at the centre of the debate only to be largely ignored by other stakeholders. Lawbytes-copyright.pdf 0

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Authors wanted. Well, at least 2 authors wanted.

Some readers of this blog may know I also started the Smashwords Forum about three years ago as a meeting place for Smashwords authors. Right now is an exciting time for Smashwords Forum members as we need 2 authors to reach a membership of 1,000. Yes, the Smashwords Forum is at that great sticking point […]

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Authors now paid weekly by Gumroad

Starting this Friday authors offering their works on Gumroad will be paid weekly and continuing next Friday. And next Friday. And the Friday after that too! What are the royalty rates? Just 5% + 25¢ per transaction. No hosting fees, no monthly fees, no bandwidth fees, no refund fees. I’ve been using Gumroad for a […]

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Ebook Orchard closes

A sequence of health issues last week reminded me I’m not 60 any longer. I’m closing Ebook Orchard in order to avoid problems which will occur when these health issues again arise. 0

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Ebook Orchard sign-in update

Visitors to Ebook Orchard now have three options to sign-in or create an account; 1) create their own personal sign-in; 2) use their Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Linkedin account ID; or 3) use their Amazon ID. To ‘Create an Account’ click on the ‘Create an Account’ portion of the ‘Sign-in or Create an Account’ line […]

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New survey says most authors continue to earn less than $500 per year

The Guardian newspaper reports most authors earn less than $500 a year according to the latest research. Almost a third of published authors make less than $500 a year from their writing, according to a new survey, with around a half of writers dissatisfied with their writing income. In the wake of a year that […]

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European Union VAT and Ebook Orchard update.

European Union VAT and Ebook Orchard update. Following discussions regarding VAT and its implications to Ebook Orchard authors it has been decided to disallow residents of the European Union (EU) to purchase ebooks on Ebook Orchard until further notice. The reasoning is that Ebook Orchard isn’t conducting B2C activities but is instead, due to no […]

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What’s happening with Ebook Orchard

A lot has been happening with Ebook Orchard since I last posted about it. Here’s what I’ve done in the past week or so. First, the logo is going to be changed in the next few days because the logo text style needs to be more modern. The fact is I suck at that sort […]

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Low Prices From Corporate Publishers Like Penguin and Harper Collins Dominate First Ebook Best-Seller List of 2015.

Major publishing houses like Penguin and Harper Collins are lowering their ebook prices. Finally. On the first Ebook Best-Seller List of the new year, low prices appear to carry the day. The average price of a best-seller is just $4.36, down from $5.96 the week before the holidays. Discounting meant to appeal to last-minute holiday shoppers is the likeliest reason for the […]

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Ebook Orchard open to the public for beta testing

Starting today, Ebook Orchard is open to the public for viewing during our beta testing period. Ebook Orchard is an online ebook store run by authors for authors. Ebook Orchard provides authors benefits such as 100% retail fee to authors, plus marketing and promotion of their works and our site across multiple social networking sites. […]

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An ebook store by authors for authors

Ebook Orchard is an ebook store started by an author for the benefit of authors, and it is different than other retail outlets in that it doesn’t earn one cent from the sale of ebooks. I decided to create Ebook Orchard after trying to get an author co-operative started. Like many people, authors have little […]

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Hachette Book Group partners with Gumroad to sell books and ebooks direct

Hachette Book Group has partnered with Gumroad, the powerful platform that enables creators to sell products to their audience, on a new social media commerce initiative to enable book purchases natively within Twitter. The promotions will launch on December 11 with print books by Amanda Palmer, Chris Hadfield, and The Onion available for purchase for […]

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Authors. Interested in forming a co-op for your own online retail store?

If you are tired of giving 30-40% of the retail price of your book or ebook to somebody else then you may be interested in joining our author co-op and forming our own online retail store. We want to keep most of the retail price to ourselves, because it’s tough out there and coughing up […]

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Only 18 authors to go

Only 18 authors to go before the Smashwords Forum reaches 1,000 authors helping each other with questions about publishing or formatting or editing, promoting their works on the Smashwords Forum and other sites, and having fun chatting with one another. The Smashwords Forum began life in 2011 and very slowly gathered members. I started the […]

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Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How

“Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How” is an article written by Smashwords founder Mark Coker on his blog on November 19, 2014. I’ve copied it here as I felt it contained good information for authors. ### Beginning ### First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better […]

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Authors! Beware of privacy laws in Brazil

Isabel Vincent, author, presently a reporter at the New York Post and formerly the Globe and Mail’s South America bureau chief from 1991 to 1995, was an official guest of the Canadian government at Brazil’s most important book fair, and was being sued for her latest book, which is now more than four years old. […]

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Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014 – 2018

Price Waterhouse Cooper Canada has released a comprehensive report on media and entertainment which contains information on books and ebooks. This overview may be useful for authors. Key insights at a glance 1 Digital gains returned global consumer books revenue to growth in 2013. Global consumer books revenue grew in 2013 after years of decline, […]

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Author goes into a tizzy over amateur response

Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith penned an article about author Kathleen Hale’s obsessive hunt for an amateur reviewer who had expressed an intense dislike for her book. From the article: Conventional wisdom has it that an author should never even respond to a negative review, let alone show up unannounced at a stranger’s house, […]

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Narrative tension.

Man’s best friend. Another great cartoon from Ballard Street. 0

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Editing your writing

A lesson every author should learn; Less is more. 0