Episode 107 – More Scams, Book Titles, and the Kindle Oasis

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Question of the Week: Would you want Google Books to scan your books and index the contents for online search? Why or why not?

With Bryan in a particularly punchy mood, he and Jim dug deep into the latest in self-publishing news. After thanking their favorite patron Spider McGee (and his book Monkey Justice http://bit.ly/secretjim ), they discussed tips related to choosing your book title, pre-orders, and indie accounting methods. The news stories included David Gaughran’s crusade against shady sponsorships, Kobo’s intriguing reader study, the Google Books U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Kindle Oasis, the Smashwords Survey of 2016, and a scam that’s taking over the free charts. This week’s Question of the Week: Would you want Google Books to scan your books and index the contents for online search? Why or why not?
What You’ll Learn:
  • How to get buy-two-get-one-free descriptions from Bryan
  • The four factors to consider when titling your book
  • Why you should consider pre-orders for your book
  • Software programs you can use to keep track of your accounting
  • Why book fairs should think twice before accepting just any sponsor
  • What the target demo for your book may actually be
  • Why Jim and Bryan disagree about the Google Books Supreme Court decision
  • How Amazon’s Kindle Oasis may impact the market
  • What info you should glean from the Smashwords 2016 Survey
  • What Amazon should do to stop the latest ebook scam
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Question of the Week: Would you want Google Books to scan your books and index the contents for online search? Why or why not?

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