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Borders Delays Payments

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,


Borders BooksBorders Books is not going to have a happy new year in 2011 and neither are any publishers in their brick-and-mortar stores.
"The company reiterated an earlier disclosure that without refinancing, it could violate its existing credit agreements in the first quarter of 2011 and ‘experience a liquidity shortfall."
This is bad news for publishers and especially bad news for comic book publishers. In the past, when even a small distributor has gone under, it’s deeply affected comic book publishers and pushed several into either lean times or bankruptcy.

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Giveaway: 10 FastPencil Book Publishing Packages

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Announcements, Features, Internet,

FastPencil Giveaway

If you’re an aspiring author who’s been wanting to publish a book, or if you’ve got a blog that you think would be fantastic as a printed work, pay attention. FastPencil has hooked us up with 10 giveaway packages that will let you take your work and put it into a physical, published form, for free. In case you aren’t aware, FastPencil is a super-simple way for anyone to write, organize, sell, and distribute physical books, as well as ebooks. Ten of you will win:

  • A free printed book
  • A free eBook
  • Free shipping and handling

In order to redeem, you’d just put in your original work in the FastPencil system, or if you have a blog, it can be automatically imported. Seriously, it’s very cool, and we’re gonna hook up 10 of you with the prize package. How do you enter? Simple. Just leave a comment here on this post, or over on the Gear Live Facebook page. We will choose ten people randomly a week from today!

Quantcast Evaluates Site Statistics

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Quantcast logoWant to find out who is reading your stuff? Quantcast evaluates a site using statistical techniques, then gives a detailed report to help publishers attract more readers and advertisers find sites suitable for their product/service. Check out this one:

“Gearlive.com is a top 10,000 site that reaches 341K monthly people, of which 208K (61%) are in the U.S. The site is popular among a largely male audience. The typical reader reads Gizmodo and subscribes to National Geographic.”

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No Love for Courtney

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Breaking News,

Put-Description-Here, movie star, singer and widow of famous rocker Kurt Cobain, is being sued for failing to provide a percentage of her earnings from Nirvana’s publishing rights.

According to the five-page suit filed against Love, she entered into an oral agreement to pay 5% of her $19.5 million take - $975,000 to be exact.

The firm, London & Co., did not make it clear in the suit when Love sold these rights off. The paperwork could refer to an April 2006 agreement in which Courtney sold 25% of her Nirvana assets to Larry Mestel, a former executive at Virgin Records and founder of Primary Wave Music Publishing. Love’s 25% portion of Nirvana rights, by the way, was larger than the combined assets of Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

No one from Love’s camp has commented on the suit thus far. When died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, Love became the heir to 98% of the rights for Nirvana.

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Publish Your Great American Novel on Blurb

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Internet, Software,

Blurb example

What Cafe Press does for t-shirts and gift items, Blurb can do for aspiring writers. Download the Booksmart software for Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later. Create your own cookbook, business project, wedding album, travelogue, or other idea with images, words, or a combination of the two. There are hundreds of templates to choose from, different book styles, and multiple fonts and colors. Softcover prices start at $12.95 and hardcover at $19.95 for up to 40 pages and $64.95 for 440 pages or more. You can give it as a gift or leave it on their site, and you will not be charged until it sells.


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Join the Shelfari Book Club

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech,

Shelfari logoIf you are a bookworm, then Shelfari is the site for you. An online networking site for readers, writers, and publishers, you can find out about other books you might choose to read with others that are into the same topics. A virtual bookshelf, the site allows you to join a group with a preferred author, post your faves, or start your own book club. You can then add to your list and embed it in your blog, website, or social networking site, and send out invitations to others. The service is now in beta and is free to join.

(Thanks, Stace)

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