Morning Roundup: Comixology to offer DRM-free comics. Gallery of Horrors Bundle

The Gallery of Horrors Bundle (StoryBundle) We have a fantastic lineup of authors in this pay-what-you-want collection, chosen to represent so many aspects of the horror landscape. *** Comixology to Offer DRM-Free Backup Copies (PW) Comixology, the digital comics marketplace, announced plans to become the latest platform to offer DRM-free content. *** Why Does the...

Comixology Offers Publishers a DRM-Free Digital Comic Strategy

When you pay for comics via Comixology there actually is no ownership. In effect, you are merely paying a licensing agreement to read the comics on your computer, tablet or ereader. The comics are not stored locally, but instead need internet access to download from the server and read them on their official apps. This...

Meaning of Free Apps Changing in Europe

Every person with a smartphone or tablet has experienced the frustration of a free (but not so free) app; you download it, you install it, you go to run it… and find that it’s so bogged down with ads and purchase options that it’s nearly impossible to use. In North America, many classify these apps...

Risk-Free Publishing; Or, When Everyone Can Bankroll Books

Is it possible to publish books without financial risk? In the case of the traditional publishing model, publishers often pay authors money in the form of an “advance on royalties.” They also invest in the creation of the book in the form of paying editors, book packagers and often others to bring it to market. If...

The Freezer – Murder Most Foul In The Cold – Ebook Review

In this, the second of the Tanner books, author Timothy S. Johnston pulls out all the stops possible and gives us an extremely exciting, and claustrophobic closed room murder thriller. He is rapidly becoming the leader in the Sci-Fi form of this genre as his previous book (The Furnace) dealt with much the same sort of...

Readers Gravitate Away from Free eBooks

During the e-reader boom period from 2009 until 2013 many people got switched onto digital. Online bookstores did record business and many new entrants came to the market, offering their own self-publishing systems. One of the tools that authors employed to get their book out there was giving it away for free. Whether they made...

Report: Amazon Offers Ultra-Cheap Shipping in France, Circumventing No Free Shipping Law

Amazon is now offering French customers one centime ($0.014) shipping on purchased books, according to a report from English-language French website France24. Last year, France passed what some called an “anti-Amazon” law, disallowing much discounting on books as well as free shipping on books, which some see as another form of discounting. The law went...

Morning Roundup: Free eBooks no longer effective? Social media for novelists and more

Readers Gravitate Away from Free Books (GoodeReader) New research is suggesting that giving your eBook away for free might not be effective anymore. *** Social Media Marketing for Novelists, Is Relationship Building (Digital Book World) But social media marketing does not have to mean getting on a loudspeaker and booming out self-lauding messages. That model...

Free Download: Press Preview of DBW-Writer’s Digest 2014 Author Report

In early 2014, Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest released the results of a survey of over 9,000 authors with the goal of providing publishers, author services providers, agents, authors and others with information that would help them better navigate the evolving digital publishing landscape. We’ve made some of the data public, much of it...

Blinkbox Books Gives Free eBook Copies of To Kill a Mockingbird

Supermarket chain Tesco has been one of the breakouts in the eBook arena with their Blinkbox Books platform. The company has perfectly leveraged their points cards, scanned during checkout, to give big discounts on popular books. To Kill a Mockingbird has finally been converted into an eBook and Blinkbox is giving away 1,000 copies of...

Amazon Circumvents French Ban Free Shipping for Books

Amazon has found itself in hot water in France, as government authorities were ready to hit the company with hefty fines.  This stems from a new law that was signed by France’s ruling Socialist Party and the opposition UMP Party  that banned online retailers from shipping discounted books for free. It comes in the form...

Freescale Talks about the e-Reader Revolution

Freescale and e-Ink have both  played a pivotal role for the entire e-reader revolution.  E-Paper and the processors that power them have run in tandem from the very first Sony e-Reader to the modern day Kindle Paperwhite 2. Many people in the industry are unfamiliar on the exact role that Freescale has played in the...