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    Guest Post: Why Forgotten Books purchased 500,000 ISBNs

    by Sabrina Future
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    By Elisabeth Forsythe – Head of Media and Public Relations, [Forgotten Books] International Standard Book Numbers, or ISBNs, are an important part of book publishing. They help with book discovery, and are used with each edition of a book. Elisabeth Forsythe explains why Forgotten Books, the world’s largest online library, recently purchased 500,000 ISBNs, and […]

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    CODEX Hackathon: Connecting People with Books

    by Sabrina Information
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    Over the weekend, I participated in my first hackathon, called CODEX Hackathon. I had no idea what to expect; all I knew was the theme was “‘connecting’ — connecting around books, connecting readers and authors, connecting libraries.” Things kicked off Friday night with an opening reception at Github, which has an amazing office space. I only […]

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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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    Indie Authors and Authorpreneurs: Teaching Online Courses

    by Sabrina Information

    To many people, self-publishing means producing ebooks. But nowadays, that’s a limited way of thinking. A lot of indie authors call themselves authorpreneurs, and at least some of them have expanded their business to include not only books, but other digital content such as blogs, podcasts, videos, and even online courses. Making and selling your […]

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    Guest Post: Global Fans? Get Global Links

    by Sabrina Distribution

    By Cole Lakes – Director of Operations, GeoRiot GeoRiot builds links that work “across countries, devices, and stores.” The company also recently acquired BookLinker.net, which creates a universal link for a book “that works for all Amazon stores.” If you’re an indie author, chances are you’re taking advantage of Amazon’s international online store to promote and sell […]

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    Indie Authors: Gathering Data and Marketing Your Work

    by Sabrina Information

    You may already know, but I’m a big fan of data. It’s so useful, and can help streamline and make book marketing so much more effective, among other things. One great way to collect data is to do surveys. One great example of how survey data pays off is musician Jim Bianco’s album, Cookie Cutter. NPR […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 3

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 2

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the second in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games and […]

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    What Indie Book Publishing and Indie Game Development Have In Common, Part 1

    by Sabrina Information

    A while back, I watched Indie Game: The Movie and was struck by how much indie game development and indie book publishing had in common. I had the pleasure of interviewing the talented and inspiring indie game developer, Jonathan Blow. Below is the first in a three-part series that discusses the similarities between developing games […]

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    2014 Year in Review: Taking Stock and Setting Goals

    by Sabrina Information

    Happy holidays and happy new year! As this will be my last post of the year, I thought now would be a good time to look back and see what progress I’ve made as a writer and ebook developer, and figure out my goals for next year. This year I kept a spreadsheet keeping a […]

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    Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover

    by Sabrina Design
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    Last year, I published the first book in my series for beginners on how to make ebooks (currently working on the second, which will focus on fixed format, or children’s books). It was my second book, and I had learned a few lessons from when I published my first book. This time around, I did everything right. […]

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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina Apps
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    Recently I learned about a new tool called Authorly, which can turn books into apps to sell in all the major app stores, including Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon app store (see my post, “Turning Your Ebook Into An App“). Authorly allows authors to easily create apps for their books, and make them interactive. And […]

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    Indie Authors: Formatting Books in InDesign

    by Sabrina Design

    Adobe’s InDesign is a wonderful tool. The software is expensive, though if you are a student or teacher you can get a slight discount, but if you have access to it I highly recommend using it. InDesign can be used to layout a book PDF, as well as be the starting point for an ebook. […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books With Videos

    by Sabrina Information

    With digital media, indie authors can now take advantage of videos to help grab the attention of readers and sell their books. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and there’s a lot to consider. Videos can be used in multiple ways, such as teaser trailers, snippets of scenes, author interviews, and even […]

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    Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

    by Sabrina Information

    Marketing is a huge, integral part of indie publishing, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of different pieces, but one of the most effective and longest lasting is building an email list. The email list has a few different names. Mailing list, subscribers, sign-ups, newsletter. But it all boils down […]

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    Turning Your Ebook Into an App

    by Sabrina 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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    Print Books and Bookbinding

    by Sabrina 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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    Widbook Guest Post: Character Development is Hard and People Are Really Weird

    by Sabrina Information
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    By Eve Jacob – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Eve Jacob. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the next two weeks Widbook will be my guest. See the last […]

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    The Art of Flipping (Books?)

    by Sabrina 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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    An Interview with Jeffrey Bennett, author of Math for Life and The Max Science Adventures series (part 2)

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Note: I’ve broken this interview up into two parts. This is the second part, and it focuses more on Jeffrey Bennett’s children’s books, and how his books were the first children’s books read in space! Read part 1 about his work as a non-fiction author here. To recap, Jeffrey Bennett is a researcher, educator, author, and one of […]

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    An Interview with Jeffrey Bennett, author of Math for Life and The Max Science Adventures series (part 1)

    by Sabrina Author Interviews
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    Note: I’ve broken this interview up into two parts. This is the first part, and it focuses more on Jeffrey Bennett’s work as a non-fiction author. Click here for part two, which discusses Bennett’s children’s books, and how his books were the first children’s books read in space! Jeffrey Bennett is a researcher, educator, author, and […]

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