If your book is digitally published and available for download, you're eligible to enter The Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.

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Amazon has implemented a new policy that will flag Kindle eBooks with a warning, what they are calling CFQIs (Customer Facing Quality Indicators), to indicate an eBook contains errors. The reason, it seems clear, is to protect the buying public from spending money on a title only to find it's riddled with typos and other issues that render it unreadable or unsatisfactory.

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While the article "Amazon Bottlenecks Frustrating Indie Publishers" from Publisher's Weekly dates back to pre-holiday issues of indie book publishers having inventory tied up with Amazon, the potential backlash of returns – and a glut of inventory for these independents – could pose a significant problem in the next month.

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Finnegans Wake. House of LeavesManhattan Transfer. To the Lighthouse. I've spoken with people who are absolutely fanatical about these books. Then again, I know quite a few readers (mom, I'm looking at you!) who put them down after the first 25 pages and said, "To hell with it!" Publishers Weekly just posted a list of the top 10 most difficult books of all time (in English)-- books they described as "literary Mt. Everests waiting out there for you to climb."

One man's treasure is another man's trash

Few people would actually agree 100% on a list like this. For me-- To the Lighthouse, Nightwood, and The Faerie Queene were cake, but plenty of other books that didn't make the list caused me to throw things. So-- what is it that makes a book "difficult" for you? What frustrates you to the point of putting a book down? Style, length, non-linear narratives, unreliable or shifting narrators? What books have you happily given up on? Which ones have you returned to later and been thankful for it?

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