Viable Alternative Platforms with Potential for Author Income

Column by Jay Wilburn
There are hundreds of places you can publish original work, but most of it is going on Amazon. Here are some alternatives for authors and readers to consider.

10 Hacks To Get The Most From Your eReader

Column by Peter Derk
You're not getting the best from your eReader. Yet...

99 Cents Is Too Cheap For Your Book

Column by Peter Derk July 21, 2017
When it comes to selling books, it's good to be a whore. Just don't be a CHEAP whore.

Tech and Product Round-up: May Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz May 15, 2017
The ups and downs of Amazon, not so smart Smart Keyboards, and a spacey means of reining in app addiction.

Tech and Product Round-up: April Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz
Explore new ways of reading digital content and building better habits.

9 Crappy eReader Features We Don't Need

Column by Peter Derk February 23, 2017
It's time to go full curmudgeon.

Tech and Product Round-Up: November Edition

Column by Christopher Shultz
November's almost over, and Christmas is already beating you over the head with a candy cane. Are you ready, writers?

Google Made Me Stupid. How Do I Learn to Read Again?

Column by Bart Bishop November 7, 2016
A look at the author's inability to focus on novels these days, and how Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" predicted all this in 2008.
The Newest Kindle Might Be The Ultimate "Me Time" Device

The Newest Kindle Might Be The Ultimate "Me Time" Device

News by Peter Derk April 13, 2016
Info about the new Kindle has leaked. 20 months of battery life? Waterproof? The ultimate "me time" device?

Kindling Love: 9 of the Strangest Erotic Stories on Kindle

Column by Peter Derk February 19, 2016
Pimp dinos, astronaut dinos, and other things non-dino: the weirdest Kindle erotica.
Amazon Simplifies Bothering People With Book Quotes

Amazon Simplifies Bothering People With Book Quotes

News by Peter Derk
Amazon adds super social sharing options to its Kindle for Android app.
Kindle And Some Serious Sweat Can Digitize Your Books

Kindle And Some Serious Sweat Can Digitize Your Books

News by Peter Derk February 6, 2015
Kindle Convert is the app that opens the joy of page-by-page scanning to all readers.

5 Reasons I'll Never Buy A Kindle: Lamentations of a Book-Loving Luddite

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard February 18, 2014
eReaders isolate us, impoverish our lives, and are like going on a date with Dan Brown. Allow me to explain...
Kindle Smartphone Could Be Available Early Next Year

Rumors Say Kindle Smartphone Could Be Available Early Next Year

News by Dean Fetzer December 27, 2013
A supplier in Taiwan may well have leaked news of Amazon’s new device after taking orders for components that would tie Kindle — and other functionality — directly into your phone.
10 Questions with Sara Nelson

10 Questions with Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at

Interview by Cath Murphy December 6, 2013
Although Amazon sometimes gives the impression it's staffed by robots, real people do work there. Publishing industry veteran Sara Nelson is one of them.
‘Day One’ - A New Literary Journnal for Kindle by Amazon

‘Day One’ - A New Literary Journal for Kindle by Amazon

News by Dean Fetzer October 31, 2013
The publishing arm of the retail giant has just launched a new weekly digital publication aimed at U.S. Customers that is “dedicated to short fiction and poetry”.
Amazon Patents ‘DVD Extras’ for eBooks

New Amazon Patent Seeks to Add “DVD Extras” to eBooks

News by Dean Fetzer July 5, 2013
In another new application, the retail giant has been awarded a patent aimed at enhancing your reading experience with “personalized content”.
Indie Book Stores to Sell Kindles?

Amazon Reportedly Soliciting Indie Booksellers to Sell Kindles In-Store

News by Christopher Shultz June 6, 2013
Seemingly oblivious to their widespread dislike, the online retail giant hopes to form a beneficial partnership with the little guys.
Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

Nook HD Tablets Open Up To Google Android Apps

News by Dean Fetzer May 3, 2013
In a bid to make their tablets more commercially viable, Barnes & Noble have taken the step of adding access to hundreds of thousands of apps, games, movies, TV shows and more through Google Play.
Amazon's got a problem with porn on the Kindle

The I̶n̶t̶e̶r̶n̶e̶t̶ Kindle is For Porn

News by Dean Fetzer March 8, 2013
Amazon has a problem with self-publishers producing pornography for distribution via Kindle — apparently it’s pretty easy.
4.5 million eReaders became hand-me-downs in 2012

2012: the Year of Hand-Me-Down eReaders

News by Dean Fetzer January 17, 2013
A new study from NextMarket Insights indicates last generation eReaders are being passed on to other family members when a person upgrades.
BookShout - App for reading & social networking

Is New eReader App A Kindle Killer?

News by Dean Fetzer November 9, 2012
A new app for IOS and Android allows DRM’d files to be read on devices other than Kindle or Nooks - with the prospect of more to come.
DC Comics to Ship Monthly to Multiple eReader

DC Comics to Ship Monthly to Multiple eReader

News by Dean Fetzer November 8, 2012
Now you Can Get Your DC Comics Fix on Your eReader - as long it’s via Apple, Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Txtr Beagle $13 eReader

German Tech Company Announces $13 eReader, But There’s a Catch

News by Christopher Shultz October 23, 2012
The Txtr Beagle hopes to make a splash in the eBook community, but will the lack of features and the truth behind its low price steer consumers away?
Wal-Mart Will No Longer Stock Kindle

Wal-Mart Kicks Kindle To The Curb, Will No Longer Stock The Popular eReader

News by Rob Hart September 20, 2012
Wal-Mart will no longer carry Kindle devices. They didn't say why, but the writing is on the wall--supporting the Kindle is tantamount to supporting the enemy.