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IR Discovery Awards Deadline March 2nd!

WANT SOME ATTENTION? WIN AN AWARD!

There are so many indie authors out there, it seems impossible to be heard above the din. But there’s one sure-fire way to shine the spotlight on yourself, Publisher’s Weekly suggested, and that’s for your book to win an award.

There are many options –  including Indie Reader’s Discover Awards (entry for which ends March 2nd) and many reasons to go for it: Validation, exposure–and in the case of the IRDAs–feedback from an extraordinary panel of judges.  Says indie author Judith Desjardins, “Book awards are great for marketing buzz on the awards websites and through the press releases they put out about the winners, all of which is additional publicity for you. And award stickers definitely influence the consumer at the point-of-sale.” Some guidance before you enter – check who sponsors the award and who judges it. If the answer isn’t obvious, don’t enter.”

USED EBOOK STORE OPENS IN NETHERLANDS

If you’re Dutch and have an ebook you’d like taken off your hands, you’re in luck. Tom Kabinet has won a high court case in the Netherlands that will allow it to sell used ebooks, a possibility that’s been debated stateside. The legal snafu went like this: Tom Kabinet was sued by Dutch publishers shortly after it launched last year; they won, but the web site enjoyed a victorious appeal of its own – kind of. The court decided that used ebooks were really illegal, but Tom Kabinet didn’t do enough to keep pirated books out of its shop.

Piracy is what industry insiders believe will keep used ebook sales from flourishing in the US; folks who want cheap ebooks will just steal them, not buy them used at a discount. Before the court ruling, sellers at Tom Kabinet could only offer DRM-free Epub ebooks or ebooks with a digital watermarks, and it added watermarks to any ebook that went through the site. But that wasn’t enough for the courts; now Tom Kabinet will limit its offerings to just watermarked Epub ebooks uploaded to the site. Though the Digital Reader reports the site is functional, they point out ebooks from outside the Netherlands probably won’t be allowed.

WHERE WOMEN AREN’T ALLOWED TO READ

It’s hard to imagine, but in some countries – like Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia – husbands, fathers and even mothers don’t want their daughters to be literate or educated. This week, photographer Laura Boushnak talked about her trip to these countries, where she met women who are challenging this oppression.

BOOKSTORE’S CATEGORIES GET PRETTY CREATIVE

You don’t often giggle during a trip to the book store. But at this one in L.A., Jeff Wysaski has created some unique book categories. The highlights: “Great places to poop” and “Dudes who lost their shirts.”

THIS WEEK’S HOT LIST

This week’s IR’s “The List Where Indies Count”, featuring the top ten list as of February 16, 2015, features a great variety of titles to keep you occupied during these last freezing weeks of winter.

Titles are compiled on Sunday for Monday’s post, culled from The New York Times, USA Today and Amazon best-seller lists.

Happy Indie reading!

 

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