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*** Happy Independence Day: Self-Publishing IS Independence! ***

*** Number of New Books Dropped Sharply in 2005 ***

According to R.R. Bowker, the number of new books released in
2005 dropped to 172,000 -- the first decline since 1999:

Experts speculate that this may indicate that the boom in POD
publishing, responsible for at least 50,000 new titles annually
in recent years, may have reached its peak.


*** Young Readers and Young Writers ***

The 2006 "Just for Mom Book Awards" competition is underway,
including two new writing competitions:

-- Writing for young readers: any length or genre published at by September 1.

-- Material by writers under 18: any length or genre published
at Lulu; parental permission required.  Deadline: September 1.

$500 prize.  No entry fees:


*** Poynter and Snow Win Audio Book Award  ***

The audio book of "Writing Nonfiction," written by Dan Poynter
and narrated by Danny O. Snow, was named Audio of the Month for
June 2006 by Audio Book News Service:

Available on CD and as an MP3 download from, the audio
edition of WNF is a must-have for any writer of nonfiction.


*** Microsoft to Challenge Google Book Search ***

At Book Expo America in May, Microsoft announced plans to launch
its own online book search platform, "Microsoft Windows Live Book

While similar to Google Book Search, it will digitize books on
an opt-in basis, versus Google's opt-out policy.  Only after the
copyright owner gives permission will Microsoft add a book to its
digital library.

Google has been plagued with complaints from copyright owners who
object to having their material digitized without permission.
Others claim that making even brief "snippets" of books available
online could erode sales of printed books.

Poynter and Snow believe the opposite: in our view, e-Books are
effective advertising for tree-Books.  A reader who previews
a book online is MORE likely to buy a printed copy, not LESS.

Stay tuned to for future reports about the efforts
of Google and Microsoft to create vast digital libraries that
will benefit readers, writers and publishers alike.


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*** News You Can Use ***

Try the following Google searches, for tools that go beyond
typical search engine results:

Define: [word of your choice]

Weather: [your zip code]

$100 Euro [for currency conversions]

GOOG [stock prices]


*** Weather Reports for PDAs and Pocket PCs ***

Visit for excellent weather info
that fits the small screen of a handheld device.  Works well on
a full size computer too!


*** Libraries Want Author Appearances ***

for a list of more than 700 libraries that sponsor appearances
by authors.  Many cover expenses; some pay an honorarium to the


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