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How Amazon Destroyed Publishing. Or Did It?

In my previous post, How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble, I explained how Amazon (alone) could not be held responsible for the bookstore's troubles. This post addresses another common complaint, that Amazon has destroyed publishing. Again, things are not as black and...

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Summertime

I'll be taking a much-needed break this week. At first, I thought I'd simply schedule a few posts and respond to any comments upon my return. But, to me, the best part of blogging is interacting with you and reading what you have to say. So, I decided instead to not...

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Astronauts, In Their Own Words

I don't know about you, but it's been one of my childhood dreams to travel in space. As a big sci-fi fan, I've watched a ton of movies, read even more books, wrote a few of them, and spent countless hours wondering what it must be really like to fly in space. The...

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, America! While you're waiting for the fireworks to start, you may enjoy this fine selection of past years' articles: 4th of July: What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence? 4th of July Special: Where Does the Dollar Symbol Come...

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What’s With Those Pointy Shoes?

A source of much mirth in Atkinson's celebrated Black Adder series, pointy shoes were a real thing as attested by this Medieval manuscript detail of a royal Parisian wedding: Such was the fascination with them that in 1463, English monarchs felt compelled to outlaw...

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A Heaven for Toasters: Chapter 3

After relaunching A Heaven for Toasters, complete with new cover, I promised to publish it here in installments. If you'd rather not wait, I will leave the book at $0.99 for a few more days, then I'll raise the price back to $2.99. Note: You can find a link to all...

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5 Video Marketing Tips to Help Sell Your Book

This is a guest post by Qurat-ul-Ain Ghazali, a system engineer with a passion for writing, designing and anything tech related. Currently, she is the digital content manager at Dynamologic Solutions, a leading website design company. 5 Video Marketing Tips to Help...

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A Heaven for Toasters: Chapter 2

After relaunching A Heaven for Toasters, complete with new cover, I promised to publish it here in installments. If you'd rather not wait, I will leave the book at $0.99 until mid-June, when I'll raise the price back to $2.99. Note: You can find a link to all...

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Infographic: Online Safety for Children

With the wee one growing up faster than I ever thought possible, I'm already starting to think about her online safety. She's almost four and uses my tablet more than either her mother or I do, knows how to find anything she wants on YouTube or Netflix (even though...

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How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble

I apologize for the click-bait title. I only used it because I'm fed up with that claim, especially now that Barnes & Noble were sold on June 7 to a hedge fund after years of trouble. Everyone seems to be blaming Amazon for that, instead of placing the blame squarely...

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