Kindle: Helping Authors Become Auteurs
I noted the moment when sales of Amazon’s Kindle outpaced the site’s hardcover sales. Now, only a short time later, two new significant events signal the end of book publishing as we know it. One is the increasing popularity of the Kindle, which for a time lingered in new-technology obscurity. Tech Crunch reports today that the next generation 3G Kindle—with better specs like 21% smaller body, 15% lighter weight, 20% faster page turns, double storage capacity and one month of batter life (with wifi off)—has sold better in its first four weeks than any Kindle ever. In short, Kindle is becoming an acceptable—and probably fashionable—way to read books. It changes the way text is read. I, alas, content myself merely with ‘Kindle for PC’ and while reading white text on a black background—an available option which is prohibitively expensive for paper books because of ink prices—is easier on the eyes, turning the page is not the same as ‘page turning’. There is nothing not to love, however, about the price and ease of accessing e-books (the downloads are veritably instant).
The Kindle not only changes the way one reads, but how a book itself is published. Rather than make book agents obsolete—who are typically thought of as the middle-men in the publishing business—new e-reader technologies confront publishing houses with a crisis. Agents have in some cases circumvented publishers and cut deals for their authors directly with Amazon and Apple’s iBookstore. And now, authors may begin to go it alone completely. One already has. The Wall Street Journal reports that popular marketing author Seth Godin will market his books directly to e-reader sellers. How will he do it? Godin says he has a large enough fan base which he regularly connects with directly through his blog, that as paper books go electronic, the promotional efforts of publishing houses are no longer necessary for his success. Of course, paper books will not disappear completely, so Godin plans to use on-demand publishing for those who want to turn his book's pages rather than ‘page turn’ them. One such on-demand publishing machine is the Espresso Book Machine, created by co-founder of the New York Review of Books, Jason Epstein.
The Journal says that skipping both publishing houses and agents, and cutting deals directly with e-reader sellers may be most attractive to ‘midlist’ authors: those who already have a following of readers and therefore do not receive much in the way of promotional campaigns from publishing houses.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.
- Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
- The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
- One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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