Some Thoughts from IBPA on the Ongoing Amazon/Hachette Situation
August 1, 2014

(NEWS/OPINION) On July 29, Amazon dropped a public post on its Kindle forum describing why it continues to battle with Hachette over eBook pricing. They want eBook prices set at $9.99 and a 30% cut of sales. As the largest trade association for indie publishers and self-published authors, IBPA has put... Read More

Hachette Purchase of Perseus Delayed
July 31, 2014

(NEWS) This article was originally published at “The Hachette Book Group/Ingram purchase of the Perseus Books Group will not be completed by July 31 as originally hoped. The new target date to close is by the end of August. There was no specific reason given for the delay,... Read More

IBPA Announces the Newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Honorees
July 22, 2014

(NEWS) IBPA is proud to announce the newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Honorees, promoting best-in-class digital content! The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (BFDAs), launched in 2013 by the Independent Book Publishers Association, honor innovation in electronic publishing by individuals... Read More

Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know
July 21, 2014

(NEWS) This article was originally published at BookBusiness. “One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors... Read More

How to Spot a Phony Book Reviewer

(BLOG POST) By James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review – I’ve been a practicing book reviewer and a keenly interested observer of the publishing industry since the fall of 1976. My more than 30 years as a reviewer, monthly book review newsletter editor, radio and television producer... Read More

Facebook, Explained
July 15, 2014

(BLOG POST) By Terry Doherty – Verbs: Facebook (e.g., my brother facebooked me) Users: “friends” or “fans” Launched: February 2004 Definition(s): ● A free social network where users can post information; upload photos and video; and send messages to friends, family and colleagues. ●... Read More

IBPA Report from the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
July 10, 2014

(BLOG POST) By Angela Bole, IBPA Executive Director – The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference brought 13,000 attendees and 5,500 exhibitors to Las Vegas from June 26 – July 1, 2014. This was down from the previous year’s 20,000 attendees, but up slightly from 2012’s... Read More

Amazon’s Latest Proposal Rankles Hachette and Authors

(NEWS) This article was originally published at “The acrimony between Amazon and Hachette does not appear to waning. And the stalemate between the two companies, over sales terms, continues to play out in newspaper headlines. On Tuesday, several news outlets reported that... Read More

Digital Publishing Innovation Summit
July 9, 2014

(NEWS) Experts from The Huffington Post, The Onion, Scholastic & more to reveal their digital publishing secrets at this year’s Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York City. The digital revolution is helping to create innovation within the publishing industry. “Attendees at the... Read More

World Book Night Suspends Operations
July 3, 2014

(NEWS) This article was originally published at “After a three year effort, World Book Night officials said this morning they are suspending its operations. In a statement, executive director Carl Lennertz cited lack of outside funding as the main reason for ending the book-giving... Read More

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