The Advantages of Going Digital in the Modern Age

It can be hard to keep up with the rapid changes—and opportunities—that technology brings into our lives. Less than twenty years ago, families faced the challenging decision as to whether they ought to swap out their digital typewriters for computers running on “Pentium Processors.”

That was a cutting-edge debate in 1996! Fast forward ten years, and it was no longer a question of whether or not to get a computer, but rather which computer—and did you want a desktop or a more portable laptop? Boomboxes became iPods. iPods became smartphones with streaming music and augmented reality games like Pokemon GO. And for a moment in time, corporate giants like Microsoft, Dell, and HP dominated the technological landscape, and the second you turned around, Apple or Sony or Samsung was making the front page of TIME magazine.

One thing has not changed in all of the years since Johannes Gutenberg banged out the first book on his printing press over five hundred years ago: authors need to be—and have usually been—well ahead of the technology curve. And today, the new frontier is not necessarily some innovative piece of hardware that will change the way we read forever but rather a whole host of hardware and software developments that an infinitely diverse readership adapts to its infinitely diverse wants and needs.

Finding a way to keep ahead of that curve in the modern age—an age where readers want to access their books not just on their physical bookshelves but also on their home computers, their dedicated e-readers or tablets, their smartphones, and their car stereos—means that authors must create digital editions of their books that can translate across devices and platforms.

Every major online retailer of these Books, from Amazon to Barnes & Noble to the Apple iBooks store, has its own customized app to make book buying a snap. To muddy the waters still further, libraries are beginning to get into the game by developing additional apps, and PDF versions can often be read through the multipurpose Adobe Reader app. Because these apps are proprietary, authors may have to convert their books to a number of different file formats in order to sell them through all these retailers.

You can imagine that this is a lot of work, work that relies on a certain specialized set of computer skills. Some authors may be adept at file conversion, but for many authors this is simply beyond the pale. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone: we here at Outskirts Press want to put the full power of digital editions into your hands—because simply put, you deserve the best possible exposure! And there’s no better way to reach new readers than to meet them where they live (metaphorically speaking) by providing an eBook in the correct file formats for their preferred reading experiences.

We want to make the whole transition to digital as painless as possible for you, which is why most of our one-click packages include an eBook option. Even if you have already published your book and didn’t choose a one-click package, Outskirts Press offers several ways to add an eBook edition of your book, for the Kindle, the Nook, or the iPad/iPhone.

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Top 10 Bestselling Kindle Books from Outskirts Press

Our most recent list of top 10 bestselling Kindle books from Outskirts Press authors is a rousing testament to the diversity of not only our authors, but the diverse tastes of the readers who ravenously consume their works.

This month’s sizzling bestsellers run the gamut from a non-fiction accounting of a legendary force in music to a historical fiction set in WWII to a practical guide to cleaning practically anything. So heat up your summer reading with a selection of popular independently published gems:

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The Amazon Extreme marketing package from Outskirts Press offers self-publishing authors a head start on book marketing by taking triple advantage of the immense audience of Amazon, the largest online retailer in the United States. This package includes: An Amazon Kindle edition of your book, Amazon’s Search Inside the Book feature and the Amazon Cover Enhancement. These valuable, popular options are free for authors who start publishing in November. Start today with the promotion code below when you choose to publish with our industry-leading Diamond publishing service or our full-color Pearl publishing service to receive the FREE Amazon Extreme Marketing Package.

Enter the promotion code FreeAEJUNE15when checking out of your shopping cart while purchasing the popular Diamond package or the full color Pearl publishing package by June 30, 2015.

In addition to receiving a FREE Amazon Extreme for your book, you’ll also receive the following with your Diamond package:

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Reach Out, Get Read: Increase Your Visibility with Amazon Kindle EBook Submission

Increase your book’s visibility — and your sales potential — by making your book available on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reading devices. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

The revolutionary Amazon Kindle has been allowing millions of proud readers to instantly download books and newspapers in recent years. It’s changed the publishing landscape in many interesting ways, and embracing its strengths has helped many self-publishing authors realize their dreams of success in the industry.

Only books that have been submitted to the Amazon Kindle via the required process and in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy. Kindle editions of books appear on Amazon and in Amazon search listings just like any other format (such as a hardback edition). Outskirts Press has helped thousands of authors just like you to navigate this relatively new territory.

Why make your paperback/hardback available on Amazon Kindle? There are several important advantages:

1. The Amazon Kindle edition will appear in search engine results listings, along with any other formats of your book (such as your paperback and/or hardback editions). This means additional exposure for your book cover, which increases the chances of readers clicking on your cover image and making that vital next step toward buying your book.

2. You keep ALL the profits from your sales. Just as with our paperback and hardback books, we pay 100% author profits. Your profit will be directly deposited into your checking account by Amazon, without any involvement by (or fee to) Outskirts Press.

3. Kindle ebooks increase your odds of selling your paperback or hardback. A Kindle sale is an inexpensive way to offer your book to readers; if they like it, they are more likely to purchase the paperback or hardback edition, too.

Order the Amazon Kindle edition by simply adding it to your Outskirts Press shopping cart. Our Marketing Department will contact you via email to obtain the information necessary to submit your book to Amazon — then we take care of the rest.

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NaNoWriMo Afterglow: 4 Steps to Self-Publishing Your Month’s Work

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is in the home stretch now, with thousands of authors nationwide in their final sprint to finish by the November 30 deadline.It makes one wonder what will happen with all those finished and unfinished manuscripts that result from this exciting competition. For many, self-publishing their work is the next logical step.

So, how do we make that happen? Here are 4 steps you can take to get your NaNoWriMo project published (and start selling) before the summer book-buying season heats up.

  1. Reserve Your Publishing Package: Outskirts Press offers all-inclusive Diamond and Pearl self-publishing packages so you can customize your masterpiece the way YOU want it! Talk about perfect timing … Now that your marathon month of writing is finally over, you can let someone else do the hard work for a change!Self publishing iPad
  2. Get Writing Help: If you’ve churned out the 50,000 words necessary to win NaNoWriMo but your story isn’t quite tied up yet, you can still take a breather — talk to a ghostwriter about helping you finish what you started so your month of grueling writing will not have been in vain.
  3. Go Digital: If a full-blown paperback and ebook publishing plan isn’t want you had in mind, dip your toe into the self-publishing pool with one or more ebook editions first — iPad/iPhone, Barnes & Noble NOOK and/or Amazon Kindle. You can always print later.
  4. Talk to a PMA: Your PMA, or Personal Marketing Assistant, will help you map out a marketing strategy that you can implement when your book is finished — and you’ve rested up from that amazing NaNoWriMo feat you’ve just accomplished.

What are you waiting for? Let us help you finish that book you started with NaNoWriMo!

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Self-publishing Takes a Bigger Bite of eBook Market

Self-publishing authors take heart: Self-published books continue to gobble up more and more of the publishing market.

A recent survey by Bowker Market Research, a firm that provides information and research on the book Ebook Package Largeindustry, discovered in a survey of 2012 book buying patterns in the United Kingdom that self-published ebooks now account for 12 percent of book purchases. Bowker typically surveys more than 3,000 book buyers each month to determine trends. While this recent survey focused on UK book buyers, similar trends are often found in the United States and beyond, so American publishers, take note.

Overall, self-published books still account for just 2 percent of all books purchased in the UK 2012; however, thanks to favorable pricing — and we can probably attribute some of this market share grab to the accessibility on ebook platforms that tends to equalize books regardless of their source — self-published authors are making headway online.

The news gets better when you break down books by category. Self-published adult fiction and non-fiction now accounts for 14 percent of the book buying market. That share soars to a whopping 20 percent for romance, humor, crime and science fiction categories combined. Self-published children’s ebooks, the survey found, still account for just 3 percent of the market.

It’s interesting to note, too, that the Bowker survey identified women as leading the way in self-published book buying, and heavy readers — those who read daily — were more likely than light readers to purchase self-published ebooks. The later is especially encouraging, as it may indicate that discerning readers are increasingly satisfied with the quality and selection they find in self-published book.

Have you considered self-publishing your new book? Outskirts Press can help you get it to booksellers’ shelves or online in weeks!

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Self-Publishing Authors Can Now Go Green and Save Green with New Elite E-book Publishing Package

A new Elite E-Book Publishing Package from Outskirts Press gives self-publishing authors increased distribution that promises less impact on the environment and publishing dollars.

Outskirts Press, the leading self-publishing and book marketing service provider, announced today the launch of its Elite E-book Publishing Package, which bundles three valuable e-book distribution services into one discounted publishing package. The package represents more than 25 percent savings when compared to purchasing each electronic edition separately.

The Elite E-book Publishing Package is priced hundreds of dollars below what an author would pay for a-la-carte electronic publishing services. Plus, the increased ebook exposure means greater distribution and higher sales without the need for additional paperback and hardback printing.

While self-publishing authors can still choose one or two electronic formats, combining the three allows them to reach a wider audience of readers, many of which are loyal to one electronic reading device over another. Outskirts Press simplifies the process by offering one convenient and cost-effective package that includes three popular electronic book editions:

    • Amazon Kindle Edition: Only books that have been submitted to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in the required format are available for Kindle readers to purchase and enjoy.
    • Apple iPad/iPhone Premium Edition: This service allows authors convenient, full distribution of iPad/iPhone electronic editions of their own books through Apple’s popular iBookstore.
    • Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition: Inclusion in this virtual bookstore allows self-published authors to tap into an important, and growing, market of readers.

For more complete information about each service included in this bundle, visit the product description page at www.outskirtspress.com/ebookpackage.

Go Green & Save Green With New Electronic Edition Self-Publishing Package

A new Elite E-book Package from Outskirts Press gives self-publishing authors increased distribution that promises less impact on the environment and publishing dollars.

Outskirts Press, the leading self-publishing and book marketing service provider, announced today the launch of its Elite E-Book Package, which bundles three valuable e-book conversion and distribution services into one discounted package. This pricing for this new package represents a savings of 25 percent when compared with purchasing each electronic edition separately.

With the Elite E-Book Package, increased e-book exposure means greater distribution and higher sales potential without the need for additional paperback and hardback printing.

While self-publishing authors can still choose one or two electronic formats, combining all three at the same time allows them to reach a wider audience of readers, many of which are loyal to one electronic reading device over another. Only books that have been submitted via the required process and format for each edition are available for electronic book readers to purchase and enjoy. Outskirts Press simplifies the process by offering one convenient and cost-effective package that includes three popular electronic book editions:

Amazon Kindle Edition: The Kindle edition of a book appears on Amazon and in Amazon search listings just like any other format (such as a hardback edition).

Apple iPad/iPhone Premium Edition: This service provides authors with convenient, full distribution of an iPad/iPhone electronic edition of their book through Apple’s popular iBookstore.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition: Inclusion in this virtual bookstore allows self-publishing authors to tap into an important, and growing, market of readers.

For more complete information about this new Elite E-Book Package, visit http://outskirtspress.com/p/ebookpackage

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control. http://www.outskirtspress.com.