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Publishing News Roundup Series: Walmart and Kobo Join for Ebook Production

by Maureen Crisp •  August 8, 2018  •   Follow

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Ebook production is constantly evolving.

As digital literature grows, big time companies are putting their hands into the publishing pot. Walmart, already known for their participation in being a large retailer of commercial fiction, is now joining with Kobo to take part in the ebook phenomenon. How will this affect the market, and more importantly, how will this affect Walmart’s print book supply?

 

Collaboration or Not

Pic: Flickr Creative Commons- Dwyane Madden

 

In publishing news this week,
 
The cockygate case has been resolved… by the withdrawal of the lawsuit. Some of the parties are said to be happy with the outcome. 

 

Walmart and Kobo are set to rattle the ebook cage a little. A joint venture between the biggest chain store in America and Kobo e-readers could change the look of the ebook industry in the very very near future.

 

This week Publishing Perspectives had an article about the new publishing city one-stop-shop marketplace, palace in Sharjah that I found very interesting. If you have an eye to the Arabian market they are looking for good partnerships. However the main interview subject was with a rep from Austin Macauley, a firm that has been suspected of dubious practices. David Gaughran took them to task about giving this firm legitimacy.

 

Publishers Weekly had an interesting article this week. What editors wished authors knew and what authors wished editors knew. Some interesting takeaways here.

 

Maisie Williams has started a nifty app for creative people to come together and work with each other. Techcrunch has the in-depth interview.

 

Kris Rusch has taken a look at what happens when business over-capitalize and fail. What’s this got to do with writing? You are a small business. Are you being sucked into the Amazon easy money stream?
Ruth Harris has written a nifty article on what to do with your old manuscripts. No, don’t use them for fire starters… get in there and mine them.

 

Have you tried dictating? I keep thinking I will and then floundering and giving up. Joanna Penn interviews Christopher Downing on practical tips for dictating your manuscript. These tips make a lot of sense.
September Fawkes has an interesting article on genius. What does it mean to be gifted? How does that apply to writing you ask? Read and find out.

In The Craft Section,

18 ways to writer funnier– Writers Digest
 
How to dump info without dumping– September Fawkes- Bookmark
 
Punctuation without tears– The Creative Penn- Bookmark
 
 
 
 
MS Word styles and formatting– Joel Friedlander- Bookmark
 

In The Marketing Section,

 

 
Two great posts from Penny Sansevieri 6 reasons to revise and re-release your book- and
 
Ebook pricing- Written Word Media- Bookmark
 
How to reach the right readers– Diana Urban- Bookmark
 
18 Book marketing tips– Frances Caballo
 

To Finish,

Reedsy has a great info graphic article on the hero’s journey- just right for all you teachers of creative writing out there. 
Decoist has an article on closet office nooks. I write on the kitchen table because I can’t find my desk under the piles of ‘temporary’ stuff placement that my family think is fine. My dream is an office just for me… in the meantime maybe I can find space in a closet… 

 

Maureen
@craicer

 

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.