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eBooks will outsell print by 2018, predicts PricewaterhouseCoopers

eBooks will outsell print by 2018, predicts PricewaterhouseCoopers

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According to The New York Times:

In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader points out though, the “perennial ebook optimists” at PricewaterhouseCoopers have now moved that goalpost back two years running. In 2012 they predicted that eBook sales would outpace print by 2016. In 2013, they said it’d happen in 2017. Now… it’s 2018.

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

Answers to frequently asked questions about BookBabyHere’s a small sample of some of the questions received at BookBaby customer service:

I would like to change the price that my book is for sale for. How do I do that?
Thank you,

E.W.

It’s very easy: Just call or email us. Tell us what you would like the new price to be, and we will be happy to change it for you.

Here’s some pricing advice: List your book on Amazon between $2.99 and $9.99 and you’ll receive about 70% of those sales. Outside of that window they will only pay 35% of those sales. The price you choose must end in .99 and will be the same price that is delivered to all retailers. The minimum price we can deliver an ebook to Amazon and Kobo is $0.99.

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I have already launched my book on Amazon.com.

Can I–and what is the best way to–launch it on BookBaby?

Many thanks for your advice!

F.T.

A lot of authors use BookBaby for all other stores besides Amazon. Here’s how: When you submit your book simply exclude Amazon from the list of distribution partners we offer. That way we’ll send your book to iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and over 60 other stores – but not Amazon.

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Get free shipping on your next book order!

Get free shipping on your next book order!

Free shipping deal when you print books with BookBaby

Just when you were thinking of putting off that book of yours ’til 2015…

What’s better than getting premium custom-printed books in 5 days? Not having to pay for shipping!

Writing a book is a time-consuming — and very personal — process. We realize that with all the busyness of the holidays it’s easy to think about putting it off ’til the new year. Well, do we have an incentive for you to get your book done in 2014!

Now through the end of the year, get free ground shipping on any printed book order of 25 to 1,000 units. Does this include hardcover, you ask? Yes, it does. How about really big books like 8.5″ x 11″ photobooks? You betcha. Any book, any binding, any trim size, any cover option…they all get free shipping.

Just use code FREESHIP14 when placing any book order by December 31st.

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Editing your novel — now that NaNoWriMo is over

Editing your novel — now that NaNoWriMo is over

Book EditingYou worked hard all through November, writing every day for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s December 1st at last. Did you complete a 50,000-word novel?

Great! But then what?

Well, then it’s time to get your book edited, of course!

Did you know BookBaby authors get 17% off any of FirstEditing.com’s professional book-editing services? Just click HERE and use coupon code: VIPBB17.

Also, if you’re looking for some editing advice, check out the following articles:

1. What kind of book editing do I need for my manuscript?

2. Enough is enough: how to know when you’re done revising your manuscript

3. Your book needs editing, and here’s why…

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Giving back via technology

Giving back via technology

Giving back: cloud-based library lending and literacy programs My post a few weeks ago about “Giving Back” within the author community received a few nice messages. I thought I’d share one with you all:

Hi Steven,

I just read your wonderful article on the Book Baby Blog.

You are correct in your assessment in that there are many ways authors can give back. We have incredible author ambassadors that do a lot of good to promote our work. One of our authors recently donated all of her royalties to our work and ensured the publisher added details of our work to the dust jacket which has given us great exposure.

I was wondering if you could make special mention of the fact that as a digital library they no longer need to go to the expense of providing hard copies. They can simply donate their digital book files and we protect them and distribute to our readers across the developing world.

People are so used to donating physical books that it’s not something they think too much about yet.

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Marketing your book on Goodreads

Marketing your book on Goodreads

Goodreads 'Ask the Author' programAt Smith Publicity we’ve promoted thousands of books since 1997 and therefore, we understand the importance of social media when marketing your book. For authors, Goodreads is an excellent platform to interact with readers and fellow authors. Our friend, Cynthia Shannon, the Author Marketing Coordinator at Goodreads, shared essential tips for authors to make the most of their Goodreads account:

“Go where the readers are” is the standard advice for authors contemplating how to best market their books. With more than 30 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers. Even better, Goodreads’ mission is to help readers find and share books they love. For authors, it provides a platform to interact with readers in a way not possible just a few years ago.

Here are some ways to effectively integrate Goodreads into your marketing campaign, whether you’re a debut author or an established one, traditionally published or self-published:

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Ursula K. Le Guin on what the world really needs from its imaginative writers of today and tomorrow

Ursula K. Le Guin on what the world really needs from its imaginative writers of today and tomorrow

On November 19th, 2014, the brilliant Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards. She thanks her family, her agent, her editors, and then…

Well, check out the video above. It’s moving, frightening, and best of all, inspiring.

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The 3 things you need in order to build your author platform on a firm foundation

The 3 things you need in order to build your author platform on a firm foundation

How to build an author platform on a sturdy foundationYou’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of building an author platform.

According to publishing expert Jane Friedman, when editors and agents say they’re looking to work with authors who have an existing platform, what they really mean is they’re searching for a writer “with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.”

But before you get all excited and try to build a taller, wider, shinier platform than the next writer in your genre, consider this: all your platform-building efforts will be a waste of time if you’re not starting off on solid ground.

So what is a solid author foundation?

A sturdy foundation for a writer’s platform is comprised of three things.

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Have your say – the DBW Writer’s Survey

Have your say – the DBW Writer’s Survey

Want to know how authors are coping in today’s changing publishing landscape? Yeah, so do we! So that’s why we’re inviting BookBaby authors to have their say in the annual Author Survey.

Conducted each year by our friends at Digital Book World, the survey has helped discover and explore some of the new emerging trends and patterns in both traditional and self publishing.

You can click HERE to start the survey.

It’s about 65 questions long and takes 15 minutes or so to complete. (Psst — Be sure to list the BookBaby Blog as how you found out about it!)

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Navigating the authors services industry

Navigating the authors services industry

[This article was written by guest contributor Nancy L. Baumann, CEO of Bookarma.]

Now that the Independent Publishing market is strong and vibrant, a whole slew of Author Service Providers have emerged, and authors can feel confused about where to turn to for help. You need help. You need to turn your manuscript into a professional product and get it in the hands of readers.

In the traditional publishing model, it was all about the publisher. They not only controlled the process, but they controlled all aspects of the product. They chose the book title, the cover, controlled the editing, release dates, and the distribution channels. They also controlled the purse strings, and shared only a small return with you. And yet, if you wanted your book to be successful, you had to jump into the marketing and bear those expenses.

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