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November 2018 - Tiny Books Fit in One Hand!


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint, has just released its first batch of mini books, with a box set of novels by the best-selling author John Green.

The tiny editions are the size of a cellphone and no thicker than your thumb, with paper as thin as onion skin. They can be read with one hand — the text flows horizontally, and you can flip the pages upward, like swiping a smartphone.

It’s a bold experiment that, if successful, could reshape the publishing landscape and perhaps even change the way people read. Next year, Penguin Young Readers plans to release more minis, and if readers find the format appealing, other publishers may follow suit.


Mr. Green, the author of the global blockbuster “The Fault in Our Stars,” is in some ways the ideal author to start this experiment. He’s got a devoted young fan base — his novels have more than 50 million copies in print — and a huge social media following, with more than five million followers on Twitter and 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube through his Vlogbrothers channel, which he runs with his brother, Hank.

The mini versions of Mr. Green’s novels — “Looking for Alaska,” “An Abundance of Katherines,” “Paper Towns” and “The Fault in Our Stars” — will be sold for $12 each, or $48 for a boxed set, at major retail chains like Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Target as well as independent bookstores, where they will often be given prime placement on counters next to the register. With their appeal as design objects, mini books could eventually make their way into furniture and design stores and outlets like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, potentially broadening publishers’ customer base.

Dutton and Mr. Green are hoping that younger readers from a generation that grew up with the internet and smartphones might be receptive to the concept of a miniature flipbook.

It’s unclear if even a literary and social media supernova like Mr. Green can popularize an unfamiliar new format. But Dutton is cautiously optimistic that the minis will take off during the holiday retail season, and is printing an initial run of 500,000 copies.

“I have no idea how people will respond to this,” Mr. Green said. “They’re objects that you almost can’t get until you’re touching them.”


September 2018 - Changes to the Library of Congress Catalog Numbering System


If you are a published author, and you want librarians to locate YOUR book, you want to register it with the Library of Congress.  If you are a self-published author, previously your only option to register your book with the Library of Congress was by submitting a Preassigned Control Number. From their website: "The purpose of the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) program is to enable the Library of Congress to assign control numbers in advance of publication to those titles that may be added to the Library's collections."

For a while now, there has been a second catalog number, the Cataloging in Publication or CIP number.  Self-published authors were NOT eligible for this number, however.  There are a number of factors that excluded self-published authors and only allowed larger, traditional publishing houses to apply.

As a result, it was confusing. Why were there two separate systems?


Announcement - They are MERGING!

In the fall of 2018, the Library of Congress will launch PrePub Book Link, an updated pre-publication tool for the book publishing community. PrePub Book Link brings the Library’s Cataloging in Publication (CIP) and Preassigned Control Number (PCN) programs together in a unified, easy-to-use web-based tool.

With the new Library of Congress PrePub Book Link:

Authors and PCN publishers will use a self-service portal to:

  • create and manage user accounts.

  • submit requests for a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).

  • submit change requests more efficiently.

The CIP Program will provide user information for PrePub Book Link to ease the transition to this powerful new tool. HOORAY!

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CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are FINALLY merging!

September 2018 - CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are Merging!

In another "well, why didn't they do THAT sooner" change, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing are MERGING!

A little background info: CreateSpace is the self-publishing branch of Amazon for printed books. Kindle Direct Publishing is the self-publishing branch of Amazon for e-books.For some strange reason, they were loosely connected. But you had to have a separate Amazon password to convert your CreateSpace book to an e-book on Kindle Direct Publishing.

Now CreateSpace is going away. There will only be Kindle Direct Publishing.

If you have books published on CreateSpace, here's what to do to move your books from CreateSpace to Kindle Direct Publishing straight from their website:

  • Make your book available on Amazon. This will allow you to enable Expanded Distribution and order author copies on KDP.

  • Check your payment information. Make sure your bank and tax details are up to date because this information will also move to KDP. If you have an existing account with complete payment and tax information, they will use that information going forward.

  • Make any changes to your Cover Creator cover. If you designed your cover using Cover Creator on CreateSpace and want to update it, do so before moving to KDP. Why? CreateSpace Cover Creator designs aren't compatible with Cover Creator on KDP. If you want to update your cover after the move to KDP, you’re welcome to design a new one using KDP's Cover Creator.

  • Finish setting up books in the statuses "awaiting proof" or "proof review." They recommend doing this on CreateSpace so you don't have to resubmit them on KDP. Books that aren't live on CreateSpace will move to KDP and appear there in "draft" status. The statuses "awaiting proof" and "proof review" don't exist on KDP. If needed, changes can be made on KDP after the move is complete. After you submit your book for publication on KDP, they will check your files for quality issues.

  • Make any changes to books written in languages KDP doesn't support. CreateSpace supports some languages that KDP doesn't. After your books are moved, you won't be able to make any changes to books written in languages KDP doesn't support.

  • Download any CreateSpace files you want to keep. If you want to download files stored in your Project Tool box or any CreateSpace reports, they recommend that you do so before you move to KDP. After the move, you won't be able to access these files on CreateSpace.

If you want more info, click here: