This Week on Books Direct -
10 November 2013
Here's a list of the articles you may have missed this week:
"Celebrating Christmas" - Brought to you by Bundle of the Week.
This week's bundle offers a collection of ebooks to help you celebrate a simple Christmas with traditional activities, homemade gifts, healthy recipes and a devotional for the advent season. Save more than 75% as you rediscover and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
"Kindle Countdown Deals" - brought to you by Amazon.com.
Have you heard about the new Kindle Countdown Deals? This is a new KDP Select benefit that allows authors to run limited-time discount promotions on their books. Customers can see the regular price and the promotional price on the book's detail page, as well as a countdown clock telling them how much time is left at the promotional price. What do you think?
"How to Choose a Pen Name" - Article by Belinda Pollard for Small Blue Dog Publishing.
If you've decided to use a pen name, how do you choose it? There are so many options!
"10 Book Sequels Not Written by the Original Authors" - Article by Emily Anna Smith for Mental Floss.
Can you think of any others?
"15th Century Church Transformed into a Bookstore" - Article by DZine Trip.
What a lovely place to shop! What's the nicest bookstore you've ever been in?
"Amazon Has A Plan To Get Indie Bookstores To Kill Themselves" - Article by Jay Yarow for Business Insider Australia.
Amazon is telling bookstores that they can now sell the Kindle in their stores. When a customer who buys the Kindle in the store buys a book on the Kindle, the store gets 10% of the sale for two years after the Kindle is sold. Will this eventually lead to the demise of independent bookstores?
"3 Time Tested Tips: How to Choose a Book a Child Will Cherish" - Article by Alison Gerber for Apartment Therapy.
Have you got a child in your life you can't wait to buy a book for? If you want your next book purchase to be a whole lot more yowee than yuck, here are Alison's three top tips tried and tested over the years and found to be true time and time again.
"Show and Tell: Rioter Reading Places" - Article by Liberty Hardy for Book Riot.
The staff at Book Riot share their favorite reading nooks. Where do you like to read?
"How to Get Awesome Book Cover Blurbs" - Article by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz.
Follow these 9 easy steps to get back cover blurbs even your mother would be proud of.
"The Library Vending Machine" - Article by Jeff for Book Riot.
Faced with budget cuts and changing demographics, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to use technology to meet its patrons needs. What do you think?
"The Top 3 Rules of Social Media for Authors" - Article by Chris Robley for BookBaby.
If you want to build a large online readership and effectively promote your book through social media, there are three very important things to remember, no matter which social networks you're using.
"9 Things That Don't Make You A Nerd" - Article by Malina Bickford for Thought Catalog.
Reading does not make you a nerd!
"31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing" - Article by Leo Babauta for Write to Done.
No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. Leo has compiled a list of some of his favorite ways of finding inspiration.
"25 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing" - Article by Chuck Wendig for Terrible Minds.
Be warned. Written in Chuck's usual inimitable style.
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