E-books Archive

  • Cash from keystrokes: self-publishing for profile and profit

    Cash from keystrokes: self-publishing for profile and profit

    After two decades as a journalist, magazine editor and author, Lorraine Wilson wanted to get away for a while.  She could not kick, however, the thought that her solo rail circumnavigation of Europe might make a book.  “I put up an appeal for crowdfunding on social media and was surprised to receive more than £2,000 […]

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  • Can eBooks save journalism?

    Can eBooks save journalism?

    Recent trends in non-fiction eBook publishing, by Tim Dawson, originally published in the December 2013 edition of The Journalist. Five years ago, Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield with a long-standing dream of creating a series of popular histories that could be consumed in sixty minutes.  After a decade puzzling how he might realise […]

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  • Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Offset opposition, the rise and fall of Britain’s alternative press

    Review, by Tim Dawson The reappearance of Nigel Fountain’s ‘Underground, The Alternative Press 1966 – 1974’ as an eBook provides a timely moment to reflect on the clutch of magazines that he describes, and to ask whether they have any contemporary parallels? His focus is the wave of publishing that grew up in the wake […]

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  • The Writer’s Tale – Atwood surveys publishing revolution

    The Writer’s Tale – Atwood surveys publishing revolution

    Report by Alex Klaushofer. Last week Canadian author Margaret Atwood came to London to collect one of the highest awards Britain can give a writer. Becoming a Companion of The Royal Society of Literature, an honour bestowed on only ten writers at any one time, brought Atwood’s collection of awards to 99 – a recognition […]

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  • Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Inspired union: strategies for journalism to flourish

    Conference report by Tim Dawson NUJ freelances displayed an innovative range of strategies to survive and prosper at a one-day conference.  A capacity audience packed the event to hear from more than twenty speakers describing initiatives including: instant-video documentary making, selling into new foreign markets, self-publishing via Kindle, and creating iPad app publications. Other novel […]

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  • Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Kindling for beginners: notes from a non-digital native

    Inspired by a case study in our recent ebooklet on New Ways to Make Copyright Pay, self-confessed non-techy Humphrey Evans launched himself into the Kindle world. In the letter below, he documents the nitty-gritty of his experience. Dear Alex, You asked about the learning points of my Kindle experience. I’ve just finished putting up another […]

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  • Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Perfect pitch – publisher invites the public to vote with their wallets

    Case study by Tim Dawson “The books industry has been very poor at getting money off people who love its products”, says John Mitchinson, the founder of crowd-funded publisher Unbound.  He promises to revolutionise both the financing of book production and the relationship between authors and readers; and over the past year has raised enough money […]

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  • OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    OUT NOW: Free ebooklet for writers from New Model Journalism

    By Alex Klaushofer. Against the background of change and struggle that has afflicted the media and publishing in recent years, one strand of good news has consistently emerged. This good news story of the crisis in journalism tells of innovation and experimentation, of pioneering practices and the opening up of new frontiers, as writers of […]

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  • Self-published reporting: journalism’s next frontier

    Self-published reporting: journalism’s next frontier

    Interview by Alex Klaushofer. Marc Herman couldn’t have been more surprised by the success of his Kindle Single The Shores of Tripoli. ‘The interest in the topic completely shocks me,’ he says. ‘I went over there to talk about Libya, and ended up being seen as something of an expert in electronic publishing.’ Within weeks, […]

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  • Exact Editions’ digital magazines are real page turners

    Exact Editions’ digital magazines are real page turners

    Report by Tim Dawson. Global shipments of tablet computers reached 26.8 million units during the fourth quarter of 2011 – 150 per cent up on the same quarter the preceding year.  And according to one survey, 71% of tablet owners are interested in using their devices to consume magazines, so it is easy to see […]

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