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This month I read one of the best reports on e-publishing and e-book sales statistics that I’ve seen come out on the Web–the July 2014 Author Earnings Report from authorearnings.com What made it great? Well, the e-book sales statistics analysis gives insights into how independent, or indie, ebook publishers are really doing in the marketplace–compared to the competition, traditional publishing. But before we get to that, let’s take a look back at the growth of ebook publishing. We all know that time flies on the Web. A...read more
I’ve been writing for the Web for nearly two decades–and as you might imagine, I’ve learned a lot in that time! So, I’ve developed a new course with Ed2Go called, Write Effective Web Content. This course is offered at over 4000 community colleges around the world, along with my other two courses, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, and Introduction to Internet Writing Markets. A new section starts on Wednesday, July 16, and runs completely online for 6 weeks. The course is built around three goals for developing Web...read more
There was good news this month for e-book publishers with the release of Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system. See the announcement from Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/apples-new-ios-8-ebooks_b_5439691.html What was it? Well, the iBooks app will come already installed and ready to buy ebooks with iOS 8, making it not only convenient, but also much easier for readers to get the latest ebook titles. Since Apple is now the world’s second largest e-book store (Amazon, of course, is the biggest), this is significant....read more
E-books shook the publishing world like an F-1 race car accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 1.6 seconds. That’s fast–and ebooks have climbed even faster. I started publishing e-books way back when nobody had any idea what I was referring to when I said ebook–and for the greater part, they didn’t really care. Here’s a flash from the past with those early days in my publishing career. This is my homepage from 2001, with A Gopher Gulch Red Riding Hood, one of my earliest e-books, on the landing page for my site. I...read more
Writing for the Web is no longer the “future” of publishing–it’s the reality. When I started out here, way back in in 1997, the Web was still way taking baby steps through the Triassic period. Today, the Web is the place to be, whether you’re publishing an opinion piece or the latest in news. We even have search engines that report your writing on a second-by-second basis from social media sites. In fact, I feel that a website presence has the power to make or break a writing career these days! That’s good...read more
I think volunteering is important–especially when volunteering helps me contribute to my community. Unfortunately, I don’t get a lot of time to do it. One thing I have discovered that I can do, though, is share some of my photos and adventures from my travel writing career. While I publish these stories online at http://guide2travel.ca, that doesn’t mean everyone still gets a chance to see them. So, I regularly do an armchair traveling afternoon at our local Seniors Centre. I enjoy it and so does my audience! Here’s my...read more
I’ve been working at Crendenda — a virtual high school and college — since 2007! We’re one of the few online schools that offers synchronous learning opportunities as well as asynchronous, so my college students “come” to class one night a week for three hours using Eluminate Live! technology, while high school students attend daily at a scheduled time. We’ve decided to expand what we do on the College side and are offering some free webinars. Here’s our upcoming list: Library Staff (Webinar...read more
Do you read ebooks? I do–in fact, I love them! It appears that most of the world is also moving in this direction from the results of a Bookboon survey conducted in 2013–it indicates that 75% of respondents expect to be reading e-books for 2015! http://bookboon.com/blog/bookboon-coms-global-ebook-survey/ I thought I’d add an e-book survey to see what you think. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thanks for...read more
I love infograms! Yes, we’ve been putting information into a visual format for years–but the infograms combine images and text in lots of new and exciting ways that are fun to create and interesting to read. This is one of my favorite sites about infographics: http://www.coolinfographics.com/ Multimedia is king out here on the Web, and the free services for creating infograms let those of us without graphics experience and fancy software create some fun graphics. I created this one promoting the library training program I teach...read more
If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that reading is good for young people. Beyond the basic literacy skills development, books can inform and inspire! I teach a completely online Library Training Certificate program for library technicians, and if there’s one thing we talk about in every course, it’s how to keep libraries alive and vibrant in the change of ever-advancing technology. What better way than a challenge? Saskatoon Public Library and Regina Public Library are holding their second challenge for young...read more