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  • New Ebook Fonts Make Ereading More Like Print

    by Sabrina EBooks

    The average reader probably doesn’t think a lot about fonts, but they are important contributors to the reading experience. A few weeks ago, Google announced a new typeface for Google Books, called Literata. The Next Web goes into more detail, but the gist is Google ebooks now have a font that distinguishes it from ebooks read on […]

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    Ebook Review: Life and Beath

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Life and Beath Series: Book 3 of Zombie RiZing series Author: Matt Pike Genre: Middle grade, sci-fi Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: April 28, 2015 Pages: 64 Source: bought If Beath and the gang thought life in the school had been hard in the weeks since the riZIng, well, let’s just say they ain’t […]

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    An Interview with Russ Colchamiro, author of Genius de Milo

    by Sabrina Author Interviews

    Russ Colchamiro is the author of Genius de Milo, the second book in his series, Finders Keepers. Here is the official description: Best pals Jason Medley and Theo Barnes barely survived a backpacking trip through Europe and New Zealand that — thanks to a jar of Cosmic Building Material they found — almost wiped out the galaxy. […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

    by Sabrina Information

    Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on […]

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    Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

    by Sabrina Information

    It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation […]

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    Indie Authors: Using YouTube

    by Sabrina Information

    Video can be a very important component of an indie author’s marketing strategy. In addition to book trailers, authors can make videos for a myriad of purposes, such as Behind the scenes Showing off research that went into the book Interviews Having actors play characters or scenes Explaining concepts (for nonfiction books) Animating themes or […]

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    Indie Authors: Blogging

    by Sabrina Information

    Blogging is great for writers. If nothing else, blogging can be a way to practice writing, often in shorter chunks (at least compared to a book). Blogging is not for everyone, and it took me a long time to even get in the habit of blogging. But now that I’ve established a routine, I really […]

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    Indie Authors: Launching a Book

    by Sabrina Information

    At first, launching a book may seem daunting. But it helps to plan the launch in increments, and also, know that ebooks have an indefinite shelf life, so that even though it’s nice to have a strong start, there’s always time to build up buzz and excitement around a book. Creating a Book Launch Plan […]

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    Guest Post: The UK Self Publishing Conference

    by Sabrina Information

    By Derek Cross – Cross Publishing Services The third annual Self-Publishing Conference covered a multitude of useful topics for aspiring and established authors alike. One topic in particular held resonance: using social media to promote books. On May 9, the third Self-Publishing Conference was held in UK’s Leicester University. Over 150 budding and published authors congregated […]

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    Ebook Review: Midmen

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: MIDMEN: The Modern Man's Guide to Surviving Midlife Crisis Author: Steve Ochs Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Steve Ochs Release Date: February 11, 2015 Pages: 221 Source: author Eighty percent of modern, middle-aged men are having what is known as a midlife crisis. These men represent the highest concentration of wealth, the longest terms of unemployment […]

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    Indie Authors: Selling Books

    by Sabrina Information

    After doing all the hard work of writing, editing, and designing your book, it’s nice to be able to sell it. There are a number of creative ways to sell an ebook these days. Book Promotion Hub recommends selling via online book clubs, which includes Goodreads, Amazon Book Club, BookTalk.org, and Book Mooch. You can also […]

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    Literacy Programs

    by Sabrina Information

    I often write about all the cool, new ways to publish digitally. But of course there would be no point to any of this without literacy. So, I just want to take a moment and give a shoutout to a few places and platforms that are helping to teach people of all ages how to read. […]

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    Publishing Children’s Ebooks

    by Sabrina EBooks

    The children’s book market is expanding. According to IBISWorld, “e-readers and other popular devices, like tablets and smartphones, make books easier to buy, read and store. Animation and other extra features made possible by these and other devices are making e-books particularly attractive to children.” Jane Friedman also reported that “Children are starting to read […]

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    Ebook Review: The Vanishing

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: The Vanishing Series: Detective Dean Cornell Series, Book 1 Author: David J Delaney Genre: Thriller Publisher: David J Delaney Release Date: March 11, 2015 Pages: 262 Source: author Detective Dean Cornell is investigating the murder of a young woman when he and his partner stumble across a second brutal murder. Hunting for the killer […]

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    Indie Authors: Press Releases

    by Sabrina Information

    Press releases may be considered to be a more traditional form of marketing, but they can still be very effective, even for books. Part of the trick is to release the press release at the right time, usually around a book’s launch. Then you need to drive traffic towards it. But before doing that, you […]

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    Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus

    by Sabrina Information

    Google Plus is a social media platform that is not as talked about as Facebook or Twitter, but can be very important, depending on your niche. Google Plus Basics For those who may not be too familiar with Google Plus, here are a few of the basics. First, you fill out a profile, with a […]

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    Ebook Review: Free Money

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: Free Money Author: Barry Vass Genre: Thriller Publisher: Barry Vass Release Date: July 27, 2010 Pages: 189 Source: author Jimmy Spencer, a floorman at a major Las Vegas casino, receives a phone call from an old friend about a sure-fire gambling system he’s developed called “Free Money.” After a quick visit and tutoring from […]

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    Indie Authors: Expanding Your Content

    by Sabrina Distribution

    Writing and publishing a book is a great accomplishment, but it doesn’t have to end there. Books can be spliced, expanded, and distributed in new and multiple ways online. Gordon Burgett wrote about how to multiple a book’s sales by turning it into six books. It works easily with non-fiction books, where you can separate […]

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    Ebook Review: A Fate Worse Than Beath

    by Sabrina Book Reviews
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    Title: A Fate Worse Than Beath Series: Book 2 of Zombie RiZing Author: Matt Pike Genre: Middle grade, sci-fi Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: February 18, 2015 Pages: 61 Source: Amazon After surviving another heart racing day in Zombie RiZing, Beath and the gang are now stuck a long way from home. Worse still, it’s […]

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    An Interview with Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Barbara Stark-Nemon is the author of Even in Darkness, an historical fiction novel. Here is the official description: Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga […]

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    A Look at Interactive Ebooks

    by Sabrina Design

    Interactive, multimedia ebooks are starting to gain some traction. In addition to embedding audio and video, some ebook creators are experimenting with game elements, using GPS, and adding activities. A year ago, Digital Book World discussed why enhanced ebooks were not taking off yet. According to Peter Costanzo, “The main problem is that the market […]

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    Social Reading and Writing

    by Sabrina Information

    Ebooks open up a whole range of possibilities, from how people consume stories to how they talk about books they’ve read, and even how they find new works to read. Because ebooks are digital, authors and readers have many opportunities to be social with their books. One example is annotating books online. Tools like AnnotateIt […]

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