Print is definitely not dead, and in fact, beautiful print books are having a renaissance. In today's show, I discuss the art and business of bookbinding with Lisa Van Pelt.
In the introduction, Amazon announces Amazon Charts, described as a Bestseller List for What People are Really Reading and Buying, as opposed to the opinion based or merchandiser-based charts. I predict this will be the chart that people chase after next, and there are already a couple of indies on the list as part of Kindle Unlimited.
The Guardian reports on indie authors getting Hollywood deals, including Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, EL James and now friend-of-the-show Mark Dawson. You also can watch/listen to an exclusive interview with Mark and I talking about our self-publishing tips if you're just starting out or if you want to revisit the basics. If you're a little more advanced and you're trying out Amazon Ads, I recommend the Sell More Books show episode 163 where Brian Meeks and Bryan Cohen discuss some interesting tactics.
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
Lisa Van Pelt is a bookbinder, specializing in designing and producing limited-edition fine press books, cases, boxes, and paste papers, and you can see examples of her work at www.lvpbookbinding.com.
- How Lisa got started in such an unusual career
- What bookbinding is and how you can do it too (without the expensive – and large! – equipment)
- How Lisa sees print books continuing to fit into the marketplace
- The collaborative process involved in bookbinding
- How Lisa markets her business
You can find Lisa at lvpbookbinding.com and on Twitter @lisa_van_pelt