Say Books Online – digital publishing Say Books – “Say Books is a digital publishing services company in Auckland, New Zealand. We work with self-publishing authors who want to create and market ebooks, we offer digital publishing consultancy services to publishing companies, and we work with partners to create digital products and enhanced ebooks.”
Personal Note: One of the things Say Books created was a serialized ebook using the PressBooks platform. The PressBooks platform is a wordpress based publishing site that creates ebooks out of blog posts. I asked SayBooks about their product:
We were pleasantly surprised at the response to the subscription model, and even though the chapters are now all up and we are about to release the ebook, we are still getting subscribers every couple of days. … All but a handful of the subscribers ‘donated’ $5 or more (people who donate more than $5 get the ebook at the end too), and a significant number were for more than $5; (one person donated $0.01c!:)). The actual ebook will sell for $4.99. It is still early days and too early to make any judgements.about a long term business model. However, I am convinced that using the potential of the web as a discovery and delivery method for the content, not just for the product, is the way book publishing needs to go. We will continue to publish novels in this way, with an ebook available at the end too.
unglue.it – “unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook.” Personal Note: A sort of patronage system. interesting.
Government Signs Deal With Barnes & Noble to Sell E-Books | Digital Book World – “Government Printing Office (GPO) has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell Federal eBooks. Titles are available in eBook format for Barnes & Noble’s Nook eReader. GPO works with Federal agencies to produce their publications, books, and reports in print and digital formats, including eBook formats. Approximately 30 eBook titles are available including popular titles like the Public Papers of the President-Barack Obama, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster And The Future Of Offshore Drilling (the BP Oil Spill Commission Report), the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, and the newly released Basic Guide to Exporting from the Department of Commerce. GPO makes eBooks available in partnership with Google’s eBookstore, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio, and other online vendors.”DBW
Amazon Beefs up Prime Offering | Digital Book World – “Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that brings hundreds of new hit movies to Prime Instant Video in the U.S. over the next three years. Prime Instant Video now offers customers more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes to enjoy …This deal will bring Prime Instant Video customers hundreds of new movies to enjoy on their Kindle Fire or any device connected to Amazon Instant Video, including titles such as Star Trek, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Top Gun, The Italian Job and The Truman Show, and we will remain committed to adding even more great movies and TV shows to Prime Instant Video in the future.””DBW
All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S (reviewed here. I enjoyed the first one but stopped reading after about the third book)
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com