CreateSpace vs. Ingram Spark: How They Stack Up

Comparing Apples to ApplesEver since Ingram Spark launched late last summer, we’ve been keenly interested in it for many reasons, among them: 1) Spark offers the first print-on-demand service for hardcover books with […]

New Options for Writers Who Self-Publish

Book Expo, the granddaddy of book conferences, is traditionally the place where publishers meet with booksellers. But lately, there’s been a lot for up-and-coming self-publishers–not the least of which is UPublishU, a full day of sessions and exhibits specifically for entrepreneurial writers. Because I work with writers interested in self-publishing, I viewed BookExpo this […]

A Smart Attempt to Redefine the Bookstore

If you read last Sunday’s article in The New York Times about Barnes & Noble’s struggles, you know that we’ve lost one in five independent […]

Creating an Illustrated EBook

Are you considering republishing your children’s book, cookbook, graphic novel, crafts guide or travel book in digital format? For these kinds of books, the ePub format–which allows words to flow from one page to another as your reader enlarges text or changes fonts–doesn’t work. The illustrations, sidebars, and photos you so carefully placed beside certain […]

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire takes on Apple iPad

KindleFire The competition between Apple and Amazon for the hearts and minds of readers continues to be good news for us all. Amazon has just announced a new series of […]

The Power of Social Media in Building an Audience

Yesterday when I opened my iGoogle page, “today’s spotlight video” looked something like this. Because I love both soul and gospel music, I clicked on it–and became an instant fan of an unknown singer who doesn’t even have an album out yet. (LaTosha Brown. Check her out. Fabulous!) As LaTosha tells it, […]

Delivering Ideas: 2011 & Beyond

What does it mean to be an author? How do you deliver ideas powerfully? How can technology help? Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I think it’s a good time to grab a glimpse of publishing’s future–a fascinating place! Check out this stunning 4-minute “essay” on global health trends created by brilliant Swedish […]

The Biggest Problem with Self-Publishing

bookstoreThe biggest problem with self-publishing your book: distribution. The companies that help authors self-publish (Amazon’s CreateSpace and others) generally have options that will get your books into the databases of traditional distributors such as Ingram and […]

New Award for Literary Science Writers

It’s been a big week for Palo Alto. Last night Obama showed up for a $30,000-a-plate dinner at the home of Google VP Marissa Mayer. The Dalai Lama spent two days speaking on altruism at Stanford. And Harrison Ford flew into town to stand next to the biologist E. O. Wilson for a press announcement […]

IDEO Imagines the Future of Books

When I was Director of Stanford Publishing Courses, I often tried to arrange visits to IDEO–the brilliant, Palo Alto-based design firm that was spun off from the work of Stanford professor David Kelley. IDEO uses design thinking to innovate–and is surely one of the top creative firms in the country. Here IDEO takes on the […]