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================================================================ *** THE SAVVY SELF-PUBLISHER: JULY 2006 *** ================================================================ ================================================================ *** 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: http://www.bowker.com/press/bowker/2006_0509_bowker.htm 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 Lulu.com 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: http://www.momschoiceawards.com ================================================================ *** 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: http://audiocolumn.com Available on CD and as an MP3 download from Lulu.com, 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 Search." 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 U-Publish.com for future reports about the efforts of Google and Microsoft to create vast digital libraries that will benefit readers, writers and publishers alike. ================================================================ Please feel free to forward copies of this bulletin to your fellow authors and publishers. This is a free resource that is available to anyone in the book world upon request. We don't endorse specific products or services, and we do not accept advertising. You may subscribe or un-subscribe at any time. ================================================================ *** 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 http://mobile.wunderground.com 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 *** See https://cs.ala.org/publicprograms/authorlibrary/liblist.cfm for a list of more than 700 libraries that sponsor appearances by authors. Many cover expenses; some pay an honorarium to the author. ================================================================================================================================
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