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Guide to Twitter for Beginners – Part 3

February 18, 2012

Only the InnocentWelcome to Part 3 of Twitter for Beginners from author Rachel Abbott (Only The Innocent). She wrote it as an Indie Author’s Guide, but it really is applicable to anybody trying to market a product or service in the world today. Twitter is usually one component in a Platform Building and Marketing Plan. Even you are not marketing a product, but just want to find out more about using Twitter, this 3 part post will be helpful. Thank you Rachel. Visit her blog. Click to read Part 1. Click to read Part 2.

Twitter – Using the tools

Social networking is a very time consuming occupation. When I first got going, I was clicking around all over the place trying to find people to follow, making sure that I followed people back, writing tweets at certain times of the day – like every 10 minutes. It was hard work. But you know what? It doesn’t need to be.

I’ve sorted myself out with three different pieces of software, and an occasional use of a fourth. There are loads and loads of different Twitter apps out there, and it all depends on what you want to achieve. But for me, these three/four work perfectly.

The first thing that I got was TweetDeck. This is free. I have got the desktop app Read more »

Guide to Twitter for Beginners – Part 2

February 17, 2012

Only the InnocentWelcome back readers to post #2 in a 3 post series from author Rachel Abbott (Only The Innocent). She wrote it as an Indie Author’s Guide, but it really is applicable to anybody trying to market a product or service in the world today. Twitter is usually one component in a Platform Building and Marketing Plan. Even you are not marketing a product, but just want to find out more about using Twitter, this 3 part post will be helpful. Thank you Rachel. Visit her blog. Read Post #1.

The indie author’s guide to Twitter for beginners – Part II

The basic terminology and etiquette of Twitter.

Now you have your twitter account, you’re going to want to start tweeting.

One of the first things you need to understand is about the length of tweets and the impact this has on any web link urls that you want to add into your tweets. There are various web shortening sites that will do the job for you. I use because it not only stores the addresses, but I can get some useful analytics as well which show how many times my links have been clicked. All you do is paste in the url that you are going to add into your tweet, and it will produce a reduced length version. Click on the ‘copy’ button, and paste it into your tweet.

When you look at other people’s tweets, you may see that there a lots of # tags Read more »

Guide to Twitter for Beginners – Part 1

February 16, 2012

Only the InnocentOver the next 3 days we will be reposting a helpful 3 part post from author Rachel Abbott (Only The Innocent). She wrote it as an Indie Author’s Guide, but it really is applicable to anybody trying to market a product or service in the world today. Twitter is usually one component in a Platform Building and Marketing Plan. Even you are not marketing a product, but just want to find out more about using Twitter, this 3 part post will be helpful. Thank you Rachel. Visit her blog.

The indie author’s guide to Twitter for beginners – Part I

Twitter? What’s that?

I must start by declaring loudly that I am NOT an expert. This is all about my own experience, what I have learned, and what I wish I had known first. But if you are thinking of becoming an indie publisher you may find something useful here. At least, I hope so. This post is aimed at the people I have met on my author journey who do not have a Twitter account, and don’t really understand what it’s all about.

It’s a recognised fact that if you are going to be successful with your indie publishing venture, you need to create a PLATFORM. So what does that mean? Read more »

20 Most Beautiful Bookstores

February 5, 2012

Just because Digital Book Today focuses on eBooks doesn’t mean we don’t like bookstores. Three of our staff members all worked in bookstores, but no of the bookstores were as beautiful as these.

You may have already seen this article, but in case you missed it. The article comes from Flavorwire – Cultural News and Critique.

In their opinion, these are the 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. Even though you may not agree with all of them, it the article still contains a great collection of photos of bookstores from around the world. Some of the bookstores are true works of art.

We hope you enjoy.

How To Turn Your Closet Into A Book Nook

January 29, 2012

We know many of our readers now read their books on some sort of electronic device, but one might assume that your home is also full of books of the non-electronic form.

Follow this link to see a wide variety of photos of what people have done to transform a part of their home into a library or book nook.

Some great photos and ideas. The photo to the right is a closet that somebody transformed into a private book nook. It looks gorgeous.

I know of an avid book reader friend that has a huge collection of books after working in the retail book industry for over 20 years. She was able to score a couple of the rolling ladders and the track that you used to see in the smaller bookstores like Waldenbooks. In her house she has converted a room into her own reading library with a ladder that goes all around the room.

We hope you enjoy.

[News] Amazon Launches The Kindle Cloud Reader

August 10, 2011

From Publishers Weekly by Calvin Reid: As expected in the wake of Apple’s new restrictions on buying content outside the Apple in-app purchasing system, has launched the Kindle Cloud Reader, an HTML5 reader that will allow consumers to buy and read Amazon titles through the web browsers found on almost any PC or mobile device. Starting today Amazon is releasing The Kindle Cloud Reader software, initially only for the Safari browser for the iPad, Mac desktop and the Chrome browser. In the coming months, an Amazon release says, the Kindle Cloud Reader will be released for Internet Explorer, Firefox, the Blackberry Playbook browser and other web browers. Apple’s app development guidelines now prohibit the use of links that bypass its in-app purchasing system—and Apple’s 30% commission—and e-tailers like Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Blio and others must find a new way to sell e-books outside of their native Apple device Apps, which are now essentially strictly e-book Read more »

Should I Buy A Kindle w/Special Offers & Ads?

May 18, 2011

I recently bought a Kindle with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers ($114)  for the teenager in my home. After using it for a couple of days adding books, making collections, and organizing the content, I thought I would do a quick summary for our readers on what I learned before it is given away as a birthday present.

  1.  There is no operational differences compared to a regular Kindle.
  2. The special offers has no impact on the speed of the Kindle, unlike computers that come with pre-installed software that you have to uninstall.
  3. When you are reading a book, no advertising is shown. Read more »

Children Choice Book Awards

May 16, 2011

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)All of us at Digital Book Today have kids, but as they get older we get less of a chance to see the young childrens books. The Children’s Choice Book Awards highlight the best books from the previous year. The only book I have read from the nominees is a favorite of one of my teenagers — Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

The Children’s Choice Book Awards is based on Children’s Choices, a joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Children’s Book Council since 1975. Publishers submit hundreds of titles to be evaluated and voted on by over 10,000 children. Throughout the school year, five review teams, located in different regions of the United States, work with their local classroom teachers and school librarians to incorporate the books into classroom activities. The most popular titles, as voted on by children whose teachers are involved in the project are chosen as the finalists. Read more »

Cheapest eBooks Upending the Bestsellers

April 21, 2011

Great article today in the Wall Street Journal in the Marketplace section concerning the $0.99 eBook. Here is a short excerpt of the article.


The nation’s largest book publishers are facing increasing pricing pressure on the digital front as the number of cheap, self-published digital titles gain popularity with readers seeking budget-minded entertainment. Inc.’s top 50 digital best-seller list featured 15 books priced at $5 or less on Wednesday afternoon. Louisville businessman John Locke, for example, a part-time thriller writer whose signature series features a former CIA assassin, claimed seven of those titles, all priced at 99 cents.

“They’re training their customers away from brand name authors and are instead creating visibility for self-published titles by themselves.”

To read the rest of the article you will either need a subscription to the WSJ online or check out the print version of the paper.

Our summary: The article talks about the two price points that key to the independent or part-time writer. They are $0.99 and $2.99. Other key points are that authors are using social media to connect with their readers (blogs, FB, email).

Digital Book Today also highlights another common tactic used by authors and publishers. Promoting a book for a short time with a price of $0.00.

For those of us who have worked in the retail book industry over the years, this is another flood that doesn’t seem like it can be stopped. Who knows if this will be true. Many of us thought big box bookstores where unstoppable.

Kindle Library Lending

April 21, 2011


Amazon’s Kindle will finally support library lending, the company announced today.

Later this year, Kindle owners and those who run Amazon’s Kindle apps will be able to borrow books from over 11,000 local libraries. In addition, Amazon says, users will be able to make annotations and highlight text. All of that content is saved and will be included in the e-book if the user opts to check it out again.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Jay Marine, Amazon’s Kindle director said in a statement. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

The addition of library loaning to the Kindle is a key addition for Amazon. Currently, Kindle owners can lend some e-books to other users for a period of 14 days. As with Amazon’s latest Library Lending option, recipients can access the loaned books on their Kindle devices or via any of the company’s many Kindle applications.

The earlier lack of library lending for the Kindle had proven to be a deal-breaker for prospective e-reader buyers. That service has been available for quite some time on other devices including the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony’s Reader.

Earlier this year, CNET’s David Katzmaier acknowledged that he is one of the folks who opted against buying a Kindle because it lacked support for library lending. Many libraries around the U.S. use the EPUB format for their e-book needs. Both the Reader and the Nook both support that option. Katzmaier was able to check out some books from his local library, download Adobe Digital Editions, the software that his local branch requires, and drag-and-drop the options to his Sony Reader.

To finally match the competition in library lending, Amazon has enlisted the help of OverDrive, which works with the aforementioned 11,000 libraries around the U.S.

OverDrive might sound familiar to iPad and iPhone owners. The company currently offers its Media Console app for the iOS-based devices, allowing users to download e-books from their local libraries for free.

Amazon said that Kindle Library Lending will be available later this year.

by Don Reisinger

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Updated 4/22/2011

Here is a link to a complete article on this topic in the New York Times.

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