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*** Billions in Book Sales Made "Under the Radar" *** The Book Industry Study Group has started counting book sales made beyond bookstores and libraries, adding BILLIONS of dollars in annual book revenues: http://www.bisg.org/news/press.php?pressid=25 Poynter and Snow have long argued that there is a HUGE (and largely unreported) market for books by self-publishing authors and independent publishers. The report from BISG supports our position that micro publishers play an increasingly vital role in today's publishing industry. We consider this a landmark report that demonstrates how many books are selling through non-traditional channels today. By using our methods for selling books beyond conventional outlets, you can join a revolution that is already underway! ================================================================ 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. ================================================================ *** Quotation of the Month: "A Minor Classic" *** "A minor classic is that book which occasions little notice when published, and no stir among the buying public. It appears in one small edition, or maybe two if members of of the author's family buy a few extra copies, and it dies a quick and natural death. But as the decades pass...It enjoys a subterranean life, kept alive by scholars and affectionate laymen...They whisper to one another 'You ought to read this little book by So-and-so. It's a gem.' And after a hundred years we find that more people have read this little book by So-and-so than have read the popular success which was a sensation in its day." -- The 1976 Bicentennial Commission, as quoted by James Michener in his best-selling book CHESAPEAKE ================================================================ *** Reminder: Low Cost e-Books for Writers *** In Sept-Oct only, PDF e-Books for writers are available at special prices (as low as zero!) to subscribers of this newsletter, courtesy of Lulu.com: http://www.u-publish.com/lulu ================================================================ *** Reminder: Help the 'Hurricane Heroes' *** Shelly Williams is starting a book that will honor those who responded to Hurricane Katrina survivors with love, compassion and generosity. She needs stories quickly, to complete the book. Once the book has been completed 100 percent of the profits will go to the American Red Cross. To submit a story, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org -- and please invite others to submit. All contributors will be acknowledged in the book and receive a copy. ================================================================