This Week in Indie Publishing

article-1Amazon Kindle scam nets millions for self-publisher

Back in the day, you used to have to rely on a bad recommendation from a friend or a bookstore clerk to get duped into reading something not worth your time. But thanks to new technology like the Kindle, thousands of terribly written best-selling books are right at your fingertips. What you may not realize is that your purchase of that top-trending digital rag is actually just a small part of a much larger, more insidious scam.

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article-2Why Is Self-Publishing Still a “Last Resort?”

The digital publishing revolution, such as it was, had many facets. There was the birth of the take-anywhere traditionally published ebooks, the hope of educational reform through bells and whistles digital textbooks, and perhaps most important of all, the self-publishing arm that allowed anyone to write, publish, and potentially sell a book. But in the space of the few years since ebooks took off in a big way, it might be self-publishing that has undergone the most transition.

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The simple mistake that’s ruining all books and films

It’s a marketing ploy that has been used for years, but one Reddit user has had enough of the phrase “plot-twist” being used to describe a book or film.

“Saying that a book has a twist, totally ruins the twist,” wrote NorweiganWood28. “You’re anticipating the twist for the entire book and it doesn’t take you by surprise when it comes.”

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article4Can You Read a Book the Wrong Way?

Wise writers decline to engage in debates over the right way to read their own words.

When Virgil wrote the “Aeneid,” in the late first century B.C., he had more than one purpose in mind. Clearly, he intended to write a Latin epic to rival the Greek classics, the “Iliad” and “Odyssey”; he also wanted to glorify the Roman Empire and legitimize the new regime of Augustus Caesar. One thing he surely did not think he was writing was a fortunetelling guide. But soon enough, readers began to use the poem to perform the sortes Virgilianae, or “Virgilian lots,” in which you would think of a question and then select a verse at random to answer it. Using the “Aeneid” as a kind of oracle remained popular for a very long time: The emperor Hadrian did it in the second century A.D., and King Charles I was still doing it 1,500 years later.

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Our view: Don’t ban books — celebrate them

We have become a nation afraid of challenging thoughts. Monday night’s presidential debate was one of the most-watched in history, but it will likely change few minds. In truth, many of us don’t want our minds changed. We seek out like-minded individuals to echo our beliefs, and scour the internet for facts that reinforce what we hope to be true, even though those “facts” turn out to be utterly false.

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