Author: Gary McLaren

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20 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

I’ve always loved libraries. Even as a young boy I was a regular visitor to our local library where the world opened up to me through books and reading. Many years later I look back on those early reading experiences and I reflect on how they influenced some of my adventures around the world. I hope you love libraries too. Here are twenty of...

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The Best Hashtags for Indie Authors in 2015

In this post I’ll reveal some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors. For those not familiar with hashtags they are essentially a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone writes a tweet they can include a hashtag to make it easier for people interested in that topic to find their tweets. For example I might include the hashtags #publishing...

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The Most Popular Book Formats for Indie Publishers

Between books, ebooks and audiobooks there are so many different formatting options. This infographic is designed to provide a quick overview of the most common formats. You may click here to open it full size in a new window or click here to see it in my Google Album. Printed Books A book’s format refers to the shape and dimensions of the...

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What is Important for Indie Authors in 2015?

It’s that season when people love to post resolutions and predictions for the year ahead. Along with others in the publishing industry I have been reviewing “where we’re at” and “where we’re heading” as an industry in 2015. When considering where we’re at it’s helpful to remember just how far self-publishing has come in the past decade. It’s just over 7 years since Amazon launched the first Kindle eReader (in...

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Amazon Unveils 8th Generation Fulfilment Center

Watching this video of Amazon’s 8th generation fulfillment center is a bit like watching something out of the “Jetsons”. Check out the robots running around moving shelves, robotic arms unpacking trucks, and organization systems that inventory entire shipments in just thirty minutes instead of hours!