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Best Books of the Month

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June (Discovery Award Winners Edition)
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Branding 101 For Authors: What you Need to Know

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Branding sounds like one of those scary, nebulous marketing terms that threatens to suck out your soul or turn you into The Borg. It's not.

The Best Self-Published Books of 2016

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Our top reviewed books of 2016 compiled for your reading pleasure!
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What It Takes to Open a Bookstore

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Researchers Explain Why We Love Harry Potter, First Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest. Why Costco is the best bookstore in the world + more in this week's round-up
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(Trad) Publishing seeks to address industry’s lack of diversity (again)

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Comic Arts Brooklyn 2016, Do We Really Need to Innovate the Reading Experience?, New Start-Up Leafless launches + more in this week's round-up

Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Self-Pubbed a New Election Book

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Missy President, a children's book about a fourth-grade girl whose homework assignment about the 2016 presidential election goes viral.
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Once Taboo, Gay Characters Are Taking Over YA Fiction

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NaNoWriMo news, Scribd Adds Magazines + News to Subscription Service, Why Most Amazon Reader Reviews are Worthless + more in this week's round-up.
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How to Succeed in the Book Business the Trump Way

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Mobile phones + unused storytelling potential, Audiobooks as art form, New Lit Prize for Nonexistent Book + more in this week's round-up.

"Hollywood Dirt": The Movie

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Following in the footsteps of other indies-turned- movies "Hollywood Dirt", the indie bestseller has been green-lit for film production
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Ted Neill on bearing witness to the violent conflicts that take place as a result of religious belief

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Faith, religion, godliness - these things have caused more pain, suffering, and death than all the plagues of history combined

Hybrid Author Blake Crouch's "Dark Matter" Named a "Best Book of the Year"

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After starting his career with a traditional publisher, Crouch moved to self-publishing in 2011 with his novel "Run."

Not Your Mother's YA

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Completely unsuitable for teens. You should totally read it.
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The death of the traditional book had been greatly exaggerated

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Black-owned bookstores fight to survive + more in this week's round-up

Explore London with Charles Dickens + Sherlock Holmes Lit Maps

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Placing Literature launches two new interactive lit maps allowing readers to visit the sites of famous scenes from the Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle canons.

Want Michael Kors' Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe?

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God’s Love We Deliver, NYC's leading provider of meals to people who are too sick to cook for themselves, recently launched their first-ever (indie-pubbed) cookbook.
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The Power and Limits of Curation

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The 4 Hardest-to-Find Bookstores in the World, What do Americans lose if bookstores disappear?, We Need Diverse Books Launches Curated Books App + more in this week's round-up

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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If dogs run free, then why not we, Across the swooping plain?

Indie Book Share Shrinks

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Two and a half years. Ten quarterly Author Earnings reports. With each one of them, we learned something about our rapidly changing industry. But this October surprise flat-out blindsided us…

J.K. Rowling Continues Her Self-Pubbing Spree

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New Pottermore Essay Explores Magical Congress of USA
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Seth Godin: Traditional Publishers "don’t have the imagination to take risks"

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ISBNs purchased by indie authors increased 21% in 2015 vs 2014, Amazon announces October is #PoweredByIndie, Why Is Self-Publishing Still a “Last Resort?” + more in this week's round-up

Comixology Debuts Line of Exclusive Original Comics

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Amazon's Comixology Originals will offer comics titles exclusively through the Comixology and Kindle platforms.
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Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors 2016 (2 of them self-pubbed!)

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How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars, Shelfie Announces Launch of Ebook Deal Finder, CNN Politics to (Self) Pub Election Book in December + more in this week's round-up