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I love SquareUp even more now.

Yesterday, as many people who follow me on Twitter know, Square and I had a bit of a misunderstanding, a SNAFU, if you will. This, from the Square TOS, was our snag: 16b. Payout Schedule – Card-Not-Present Sales. If you accrue more than $2,002 in card-not-present sales during any trailing …

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Stripped-down ecommerce

Two years ago, I wrote “Content delivery on a shoestring,” (which cemented my love for Baldur Bjarnason). A little before that, I wrote “Tools of my trade,” which is marginally relevant to this post. But over the years I’ve been doing this (years…oh my bob, I can’t believe I can …

Guest post: The state of academic publishing by @Dhympna

My friend @Dhympna, she of Culinary Carnivale, is a medievalist (historian) (a cranky one, at that) working on her PhD. You wouldn’t know it, though, since she thinks and talks like an anthropologist. Maybe that’s redundant. Anyway, she sent me notes on a discussion panel I might categorize as publishers …

MOBI wins

I’ve said this before. Actually, I said it when sales of Kindle took off. And there’s a reason it wins: Whispersync. MOBI is an ancient and limited/limiting format. EPUB is an evolving and flexible (if not quite limitless yet) format. MOBI was all but dead when Amazon used it for …

Ads in ebooks

Last night I was perusing Fast Company, as I do, and found this: Amazon Debuts Kindle for $114, Packed With Visa, Olay, Buick Ads, Sponsored Screensavers I was rather sanguine about it for a bit, wondering what was so special about $25 that you’d put up with ads, but figuring …

Guest Post: My Book Problem by Warren Adler

Posted with permission from Warren Adler, author of War of the Roses, who also happens to be an ebook pioneer and rabid digital evangelist: In another few weeks, I will be moving to another apartment in the same building in Manhattan where I have spent the past few years. While …

Content delivery on a shoestring

If you, Renegade Writer, have an ebook to sell, once you have the files in your hands, the trick is to getting it to the readers. There are the usual outlets (Kindle, Smashwords), but even with their broad reach, you’re leaving money on the table by not selling from your …

A word on using PDFs to create a Kindle book

Don’t. Amazon’s at fault here, in my opinion, in allowing one to do it at all because it really doesn’t work well. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should, but most people don’t know they shouldn’t or don’t know why they shouldn’t. Well, why shouldn’t you, if they let …