Category: Books

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Writers Unplugged is Live

In the third week of July this year I launched a new blog for writers, Writers Unplugged. It will be my main blog for the next couple of years at least. Over the past 15 years I have posted my articles at multiple web sites including freelance writing material at, e-publishing articles at and platform building at I...

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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 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!


The World’s Greatest Storytellers

Publishing house Raconteur Media has surveyed around 500 authors, journalists, editors, students, and media and marketing professionals, asking them who is the world’s greatest storyteller? The Infographic below shows some of the results. As Raconteur explains on their blog, “…we wanted to take a moment to celebrate storytelling as we know and love it – storytelling that comes from people, whether they are...

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The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition, is Now Available

I am very pleased to announce the release of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition“. It also reveals my new strategy, or recommended path, for creating ePub and Mobi formats as easily and painlessly as possible!The first edition was released in December 2011 and has helped many writers to self-publish their own ebooks. The second edition brings...