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        *** Microsoft Announces New DRM Solution

New "digital rights management" (DRM) software from Microsoft
promises to allow writers more ease in preventing unauthorized
copying of documents:


At present, the new DRM solution is designed for businesses,
and runs only on Windows systems, not Mac, Linux or others.

If effective, this new rights management system could have a
major impact on electronic books in the future... at least for
those e-Books distributed in Microsoft (only) formats.


        *** Radio Interview Opportunity

A recent item reads "I'm the executive Producer for a Consumer 
oriented national radio show. I'm looking for energetic,
interesting experts to join our well-known host to talk about
consumer life related issues: home care, pet care, car care,
travel, culinary arts (baking/cooking tips), elder care,
genealogical research, organizational skills ... you get the
picture! Authors of new books are welcome to inquire.  We're
looking for guests who can help our listeners walk away with
information they can put to use in their everyday lives.


        *** 73,000 Independents Now Publishing!

Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) and the Book Industry
Study Group (BISG) originally surveyed America's "53,000
independent, smaller book publishers" in 1997, and have just
released an update that puts the current count at 73,000.  The
report finds that the independent publishing industry as a
whole "is more diverse, more entrepreneurial, and more infused
with new ideas and new information than previously thought."

-- Item above courtesy of Jim Barnes
-- http://www.independentpublisher.com

Subscriber Florrie Kichler of Patria Press, a member of the
PMA board of directors, provided an excerpt from the report,
showing that annual sales by midsize and smaller publishers
(those with fewer than 200 titles) now total $29 billion to
$34 billion -- up from $14 billion in 1997!

These statistics confirm our long-standing view that the
traditional publishing industry, dominated by a handful
of multi-national giants, has stagnated in recent years.
Meanwhile, smaller publishers have made gains, thanks to
the energy and creativity of readers like you!

-- Item above courtesy of Florrie Kichler
-- http://www.patriapress.com


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        *** ABC Launches New Site

The new American Book Cooperative site is now online:


"The mission of the American Book Cooperative is quite simply
to preserve and facilitate the voice of America as spoken by
the independent publisher.  We will embrace the novice with
nurturing education and direction, and bolster the distribution
and marketing efforts of our membership."

Dan Snow adds: Independent publishing is a cornerstone of our
democracy, side-by-side with the 1st Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of the press, and freedom
of speech for all Americans.

In the words of Dan Poynter: "Independent publishing is an
American tradition. Since the early days of the New World,
the person with the printing press has often been the author,
publisher, printer and bookshop."

Poynter and Snow are proud to serve as advocates for the self-
publishing author and independent publisher, large or small.
We salute our subscribers, who carry on this tradition, so
important to the American way of life.

-- Courtesy of Rita Mills (www.thebookconnection.net)


        *** Spam Epidemic Grows in Spite of Legislation

Some subscribers have complained that this newsletter may be
"filtered" as junk mail, in spite of the fact our mailing list
is 100% by-request only.  Meanwhile, offers for loans, medicines
and "enlargement" of various body parts are flooding their in-
boxes.  Our repeated inquiries to Hotmail, Earthlink, Yahoo and
other service providers have been ignored:


Call your service provider (e-mail is usually unanswered, or
the response is a useless form letter) to complain.  They are
punishing the innocent, while the guilty escape.

Ivan Hoffman, J.D., an expert on Internet Law, has published a
related report about the new California anti-spam legislation:



        *** Contests for Juvenile Fiction Writers

BANTAM DOUBLEDAY DELL BOOKS for Young Readers publishes "award-
winning books by distinguished authors and the most promising
new writers."  A good way to break in to this market is through
contests: the Marguerite de Angeli Contest and the Delacorte
Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel. Check them out at

-- Tip courtesy of Rita Mills (www.thebookconnection.net)


        *** Other Contests

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards -- Deadline: Jan. 15, 
2004 -- Entry fee: $50


Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, Dead-
line: Dec. 15, 2003 -- Entry fee: $100/1st entry; $50/additional:



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