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    Turning Your Ebook Into an App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps

    Sometimes it makes sense for a book to be transformed into an app. Forbes wrote a piece back in 2012 about whether the future of books will be as apps. Two years later, and it doesn’t seem to be true, but in some cases it could work. New tools have made it easier for authors to create […]

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    4 Sites That Make News Social

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    My recent post about PressReader got me thinking about how news is created and shared nowadays with online tools. Online portfolios, crowdsourcing, social media, and livestreaming are all new developments in how journalism is being presented. CNN iReport Through iReport, CNN allows anyone to upload news stories. Not all articles are fact-checked, but some are vetted by […]

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    Print Books and Bookbinding

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    This post is just for fun. Even though I prefer ebooks now, print books still have a special place in my heart (I own nearly 1,000 of them). So for anyone interested in learning the art of bookbinding, you should check out the site aboutbookbinding.com. There you will find information on sewing, hand finishing, and even […]

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    Intellectual Property and the Indie Writer

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Ron Glick This post was originally published on http://godslayercycle.wordpress.com/. Ron Glick, an indie author of 9 comic trivia books and 5 novels, shares his insights and experiences with intellectual property. Read his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. In recent months, the subject of intellectual property rights has become a very big issue for me personally. […]

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    App Zine Machine, An Easy Way for Indie Authors to Publish Magazine Apps

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    When it comes to digital publishing, indie authors have endless options. In addition to ebooks, authors can produce blogs, podcasts, and even digital magazine apps. One new platform that makes it easy for users to publish magazines is App Zine Machine. Created by App Clover, LLC, a resource in the mobile app market, App Zine Machine launched after 21 months […]

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    Routes to Becoming a Hybrid Author: Submission Guidelines, Literary Agents, Crowdsourcing, and Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    There’s a term that’s been floating around the publishing industry for a while now: hybrid authors. It refers to authors who have been both traditionally published and who have self-published, and generally, these are the most successful authors. I not-so-secretly aspire to be a hybrid author, partly because I’m familiar with the industry and have great […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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    Pocket Gems Launches First Interactive Mobile Story Platform, Episode

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Pocket Gems is known for being a leader in the mobile games space (well-known games include Tap Paradise Cove, Animal Voyage: Island Adventure and Campus Holiday), but today the company is officially launching an interactive mobile story platform called Episode, on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Users can interact with animated stories that were built specifically […]

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    Finding Ebook Bestsellers

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    With so many new books being published each year, the options for finding new reads are practically endless. More lists catering to different audiences have been springing up over the past couple years to help book buyers. But this post is for both readers and writers. For readers, there are many lists out there that […]

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    PressReader: Connecting People Through News

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    PressReader is an innovative app that connects readers with more than 2,400 newspapers in 57 languages. The app can auto-deliver content, save articles, and share via social media. Earlier this year, the company released an interesting graphic of the top stories of 2013, along with facts about how and when people read. Nikolay Malyarov, EVP, Chief […]

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    Common Core Standards and Educational Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    The Common Core Standards are being implemented in more and more states, changing the expectations in educational publishing and causing publishers to adapt. Recently, I attended an interesting webinar hosted by the Copyright Clearance Center, called Innovation and Disruptions in K–12 Educational Publishing. Common Core But first, what is the Common Core Standard? It includes rigorous standardized […]

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    New Opportunities for Children’s Writers: Subscription Services

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
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    Read my latest article in Children’s Writer Newsletter. It’s about subscription services for children’s ebooks, and it covers some of the freelance opportunities for children’s writers. Here’s an excerpt: Ebooks are now mainstream, and as more readers use tablets and e-readers, subscription services have become popular. In the children’s book world, startups and well-established companies alike are offering ebooks […]

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    Ebooks, Print Books, and Distribution: Four New Developments

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Reading up on all the happenings in the publishing industry is one of my favorite activities. And over the last few weeks, there have been a number of interesting developments. I think they all illustrate just how quickly the industry is changing, and indie authors in particular are being offered more and more options. Bestselling […]

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    New Year = New Websites

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion

    It seems like at the beginning of every new year (at least for the past three years), I suddenly get sick of the way my websites look and spend a week or two obsessively redesigning. Well, it’s that time again, and I’m proud to say I have a few new websites in addition to some […]

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    Transmedia Story Stream: Don’t read a book–play it!

    by Sabrina Ricci Future
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    I’ve covered it before, but with new technologies the possibilities for transmedia stories are endless. Even TV shows, such as How I Met Your Mother have gotten into transmedia (I’m actually working on a short ebook about it), and now authors have a new platform they can use to easily expand the worlds of their stories: Transmedia Story […]

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    Taking a Short Break, and Reading Short

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Well it’s almost Christmas, and for the next couple weeks I’ll be taking what I’ve heard other people call a digital break so I can regroup and be back in full swing come the new year. I might have a couple posts here and there, but for the most part, I won’t be around again […]

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    The Art of Flipping (Books?)

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    I’m in the process of looking to buy my first house (exciting and terrifying, I know!). One thing I’ve noticed is listings for houses on sale tend to use the same key phrases: spacious rooms, great light, charming, near x, y, z freeway, close to shopping, etc. However, even though on paper a house may […]

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    E-Reading Reviews: A Roundup of the Latest E-Book Readers

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    By Tom Erik Dale – Sainsbury’s eBooks With the holidays come new and improved e-readers, with better screens and more features to make reading more pleasurable. Tom Erik Dale, from Sainsbury’s eBooks, has written a helpful guide detailing the pros and cons of the three most popular new e-readers. Read on. E-books are great. Not so […]

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    New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, A Guide to Understanding Zines

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Here’s an excerpt from my latest IndieReader article: “A to Zine: A Guide to Understanding Zines.” “Remember the 90s? Boy bands, baggy jeans, real telephones, and the explosion of zines? Before the Internet became mainstream, zines were popular. These independent, often hand-made publications, cover all topics ranging from music to politics to personal life, and everything in […]

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    NARR8, an Interactive Content Channel

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    NARR8 is an innovative, new(ish) content platform and mobile app. Founded in 2011 by Alexandr Vashchenko, NARR8 was inspired by Vaschenko’s love of comic books and entertainment media. “The name ‘NARR8′ came from the idea of combining story telling, or ‘narration,’ with the number 8, which, aside from being an auspiciously lucky number in certain parts of […]

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    McDonald’s, the Book Distributor

    by Sabrina Ricci Marketing
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    I couldn’t resist. When I heard that McDonald’s planned to give away over 20 million books with their happy meals during the first two weeks of November, I knew I had to see for myself. So on the first day, I bought my first happy meal in like 20 years. To be completely honest, I was excited […]

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