Hit & Run Posting

A couple of quick hits here just to make sure the blog still has a pulse, and to encourage other writers. Here are two more recent signs that the “establishment” media is coming around to a grudging acceptance of the Brave New World of indie publishing.

Yesterday, NPR interviewed Mark Coker of Smashwords in a pretty much snark-free manner, but stand by for the obligatory follow-up with a big cheese at Hatchette publishing is supposed to happen today.

And today, the New York Times reports that Apple will begin highlighting indie “Breakout Books” on iTunes, which gives me one more thing to browbeat you guys about. Get out there and rate that sucker!

That is all. Carry on.


Kobo Publishing: How Much Longer?

Some tantalizing details about Kobo’s self-publishing platform have hit recently, and it looks like they’re prepping their website for launch.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this since hearing about it several weeks ago. It was supposed to be a done deal by now, but they’ve been sitting on it a bit longer to collect more info from their beta-testers.

Which is all well and good, but come on ya’ll…get on with it already!

If you’ve not heard of Kobo, think “Canadian Kindle” and you’re there. It’s also (I think) the most popular e-reader in Europe. So yeah, I’m anxious for this to get going so I can stop struggling with Smashwords’ “meatgrinder” conversion (a more appropriate label would be hard to find) and expand my audience. It’s never fun having to pick through every single line of a 400-page Word document, and is downright teeth-grinding when you’ve already got the $%#@! book in epub format.

Yep, it’s just sitting there on my hard drive. Oh, and on Barnes & Noble’s as well…

So hold on, Canadian and EU readers: one way or another, some bang-up stuff is coming downrange any time now!

UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Just got the email from Kobo and they’re live. I’ll let you know how it goes.