Self-publishing News: Are Bookshops Essential?

In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway looks at what a second lockdown implies for book shops, and Covid grants for writers in Scotland thats open to indies.

ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway

Indies in Scotland Eligible for ₤ 590k Fund

This is a story I covered last week, but it is so unusual that a significant plan is open for indies, its worth repeating.

Are Bookshops Essential?

There bookstores called for the right to be categorized as necessary. The measure that authorities have decided will best safeguard small specialist retailers has actually not been to allow them to stay open but to need stores that have a combined offering not to sell items whose classification has needed experts to close. And simply yesterday Publishing Perspectives reported on the widening of the coalition in continental Europe calling for the innovative sector as a whole to remain open.

On Monday, introduced in the UK. And with book shops closing from tomorrow for a minimum of four weeks, that launch couldnt have come at a better time. That said, in the UK at present, for indies to be qualified our books need to remain in stock Gardners. And thats manual, so its something to inspect. Has Launched in the UK

Weve been here prior to. And not simply the 2nd lockdowns that many European countries are introducing. Were seeing repeat runs of the debate about the status of bookshops. You will keep in mind back in March, James Daunt blazed a trail in saying that bookstores need to be treated as vital retailers. That would have allowed them to remain physically open as governments throughout the world ordered non-essential retail outlets to close.

Things have likewise improved in some methods for struggling book shops. This is the app that allows individuals to purchase print books online and have money from the sale go to their regional book shop. And not simply their regional indie book shop, however any shop signed up.

Weve also seen the desperation of little indie book shops. Book shops are starting gofundme campaigns to assist them endure. The newest is the legendary The Strand bookstore in New York.

Audible Plus Returns Hit Writers

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for bringing this to my attention, and a truly in-depth explanatory post from Susan May. Returns have long been a bane of the publishing industry. And ebook returns have frequently been a reason for stress. It seems audiobook returns have actually stepped things up to a whole other level. Audible have actually started using the ability to exchange any book or return for any factor as a marketing tool. Even when the book is ended up. And that finished book, when it is returned, no longer pays a royalty. Given the cost of producing audiobooks that is a huge issue.

In other words, “return anything” is being used as a selling point to get readers to part with more money. Which the author will never ever see.

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

Assist us fill this with terrific online events in the coming months and weeks.

Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)– Zoom meetings the 2nd Saturday of monthly


Panorama Project Webinar, 5 NovSociety of Young Publishers, 9-13 Nov


Over to You. Let us know about online occasions of interest to indies in the remarks below.

You will keep in mind back in March, James Daunt led the method in saying that book shops should be dealt with as essential retailers. Weve also seen the desperation of little indie book shops. Bookstores are beginning gofundme projects to help them survive. And not simply their local indie bookstore, but any shop signed up. And with book shops closing from tomorrow for at least four weeks, that launch could not have come at a much better time.

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