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Buy my puzzle books in PDF at Gumroad or Smashwords.

My puzzle books as well as most of my other ebooks are available in PDF format at Gumroad or Smashwords. Both sellers have secure transactions and Gumroad offers me a slightly larger royalty. So if you would like me to earn a few cents more for my work then choose Gumroad as your download site. […]

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Print your ebooks for free

One of the complaints I hear about ebooks is you can’t print them, but that is not true. Perhaps you bought an ePub ebook which has some pictures you’d love to print out, or maybe some recipes you’d like to print and keep. If your ebook is in ePub format you can easily print out […]

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eBook Pricing Around the World

Statista released a report on ebook pricing around the world. The release of Amazon’s first Kindle e-reader in 2007 rang in a period of rapid growth for electronic books in the United States. Between 2008 and 2015, eBook revenue grew from $270 million to more than $5 billion as screen technology advanced and more and […]

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Two new ebook sales/outlook reports

I recently published on my Smashwords Forum two new reports on ebook sales and ebook sales outlook for 2016. Below is a brief summary. For Libraries: According to OverDrive, “based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook, and digital magazine checkouts through […]

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Bald Knob, Arkansas & Other Strange Tales

“Bald Knob, Arkansas” is a collection of 7 short stories. “Minnie Tushi Meets Her Love in Bald Knob” is the second short story. It is about finding love. “Bob the Road Painter” is about solitude, “Bob and the Dickheads” is about a musical family, “An Ordinary Man” is about workplace stress, “The Dumb Clucks Who […]

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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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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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Mark Coker’s Book Publishing Predictions for 2015

Straight from Mark’s Blog: Mark Coker’s Publishing Predictions for 2015. You may add your comments here or on his blog. 1.  More authors will aspire to publish indie – In 2008 when I founded Smashwords, nearly all writers aspired to traditionally publish.  Self-publishing was viewed as the option of last resort – the option for […]

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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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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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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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Is sharecouponcodes a scam, fraud, or something else?

Authors of ebooks are always an open target for scams and other nasty business. Today I was notified of yet another site I never heard of offering one of my free ebooks, this time with a coupon code and a “Buy from Amazon” button. A “Buy from Amazon” button for a free ebook, plus offering […]

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Author Earnings report on Amazon using 2013 data

Author Earnings has published a report using data gleaned from Amazon by their Internet spider. From the article, “What is presented here is but one snapshot of the publishing revolution as it stands today. That revolution isn’t over. These reports can be run so long as books are ranked. Our hope is that the future […]

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How to printout my ebooks

Purchasers of my puzzle ebooks, or any ebook for that matter, can easily printout the puzzles from any device allowing email of the ebook or downloading of ebook to your laptop/desktop. 1) Email ebook to yourself for printing, or download/synch the ebook to your laptop/desktop/tablet which allows printing. Most ereaders allow downloading/synching to your desktop/laptop; […]

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How to sell your ebooks directly on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties

Goodreads is a popular book/ebook review site recently bought by Amazon, but there is an easy way to sell directly to readers on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties. Self-publishing authors can have links to mobi, ePub, PDF or some other file format, making it very easy for readers to click on the link, see your […]