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    Self-publishing ebooks: Why maximizing distribution matters

    by Sabrina Ricci Distribution

    New technologies and startups have made it easier than ever to self-publish ebooks. But they don’t make it any easier to make a living writing. The most important thing you can do as a self-published author, however, is to make sure your ebook is available through as many retail channels as possible. (FYI, ebook sales […]

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    Google eBookstore–A Chrome Experiment

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
    Google ebookstore experiment

    Google has found a creative way for readers to find good ebooks. If you’re using Chrome, you should check out the WebGL Bookcase, which allows you to browse through a virtual circular bookcase, click on covers that interest you, and read a synopsis of a book by flipping through it online. If you like what you […]

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    Google Loves Lucy

    by Sabrina Ricci Musings
    Google Lucy

    Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, and Google paid tribute to her. Until midnight tonight, anyone who goes on the Google search home page can play six clips from the famous “I Love Lucy” TV show. Read more at searchenginewatch and Google’s blog.

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    BEA Day 1

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
    BEA

    First day of my first BEA, BookExpo America. Fortunately, because of this publishing blog, I was able to attend for free! I spent about five hours today at the Expo, and I still wasn’t able to cover everything. It can be a little overwhelming, as some attendees may agree, but totally worth it. This year, […]

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    This Week in Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Apple and Google are offering publishers different ways to charge for their content. For one thing, Apple will take a 30 percent cut of subscription revenue and will work with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, while Google will only take a 10 percent cut and will work with tablets, smartphones, and websites. But an […]

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    This Week in Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
    Penguin group

    Penguin Group is embracing new technologies. They’ve started a TV and Radio Satellite Media Tours department, so that they can “produce TV and radio satellite tours for Penguin authors,” according to Publisher’s Weekly. Penguin Brings TV, Radio Satellite Tours In-House Amazon has been working to make it easier and more profitable for authors to self-publish. […]

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    This Week In Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    I’ll keep it short and light-hearted, since it’s almost Christmas and all. First, Nick Bilton, from the New York Times, has declared that this year was not in fact the year of the tablet. It was actually the year of the iPad, and next year there will be more competitors. It will be interesting to […]

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    12/06/10: This Week in Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    It has finally happened! Google launched the Google eBookstore on Monday. The bookstore is an extension of Google’s book project, “an effort that began in 2004 to scan all 130 million books in the world, by Google’s estimate.” Because it is cloud-based, it is an “open-ecosystem,” which means consumers can buy their books once through the […]

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    11/29/10: Publishing This Week

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    California, as a way to save money and improve education, is going to use open source, free textbooks (yay!). Since there’s not enough money to give every student a laptop, there’s some skepticism as to how well this will work. But it’s the first state to try this and something is better than nothing (California K-12 education was ranked 49th […]

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    This Week in Publishing

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Here’s what’s going on in the publishing industry this week: It’s JFK month. Makes sense, since this year marks the 50th anniversary of his election. On Monday The Perseus Books Group, along with NBC News, released a new iPad app, JFK: 50 Days. The app complements the new book, “JFK Day by Day,” and it features […]

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    Finally, an Optimistic Look at the Media

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing
    Media talk, David Carr, Tumblr, Foursquare, YouTube, AOL

    That’s basically how the mandatory The Case for Media Optimism panel was described to us NYU publishing kids. I was skeptical about how the panel last night would go. After all, for the past five years of so all I’ve heard is about the death of print, the death of journalism, the death of media, […]

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