Self-publishing News: Publishing Dips Its Toe into NFTs

In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway bids farewell to indie legend Joel Friedlander and takes an appearance at how the publishing world is going into the world of NFTs.

ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway

In this months self-publishing news podcast Howard and I recall at a month in which membership reading flexed its muscles. We focus in specific on the launch of Amazons new serial subscription platform, Kindle Vella. On tonights #indieauthorchat with Tim Lewis, at 8pm GMT, well be speaking about judging a great self-publishing service.

RIP Joel Friedlander

It is with great sadness that the indie community responded to news of the death of Joel Friedlander. He published and composed non-fiction, including guides for self-publishing, worked as an expert, created covers and design templates and developed books that were lovely in every way for so many of us. I am sure there will be more articulate words than mine from many others in the days and weeks ahead and if you would like to reveal your sympathy or affection, his household has actually set up a Facebook Page here.

Bookwire Launches Literary NFT as Platforms Proliferate

I initially reported on NFTs (non-fungible tokens) a couple of weeks ago when the artist Beeple offered a “digital very first edition” of the artwork “The First Five Years” for $69m. For a full rundown of what NFTs are, and what they suggest for indie authors, please see that post. Long story brief– you can offer digital scandal sheets of your work on the blockchain for cryptocurrency.

Its that a lot of go down as fast as they go up if theres one thing you can be sure of with tech patterns. And some time later the publishing market gets involved. And completely on cue, the book world is entering the fray. Bookwire has made the most significant statement yet from the market. The German company will be setting up an NFT market place from this Autumn.

There are lots of issues with NFTs. This is in part due to the fact that many platforms utilize the Ethereum blockchain which is, for want of a better term, logjammed. This is a factor some see NFTs as an innovation in which platforms get abundant at the expense of developers.

Get in Publishing Reinventeds Free to Enter NFT Competition

This comes as Publishing Reinvented launches a free to get in competitors to be part of its first NFT collection (click on this link to enter– entry colses on May 21st). Authors are asked to send a file of the works text, a cover, and something that makes the work special. That indicates something that individuals who purchase the routine version wont have. You can suggest any rate you believe you can bring. The winning entries, which will get the full services of the Books Go Social NFT platform, will be selected based upon what judges believe are their opportunities of selling. That in itself produces an intriguing development.

London Book Fair to Sprawl Over 3 Weeks

London Book Fair revealed a few weeks ago that it would be going entirely digital. Today it informed us what that means. There will be three weeks of online events. They will begin on June 7th, take a break for Bologna Childrens Book Fair the Following week, and after that round off. The date that matters for us is June 29th, when there will be a virtual Author HQ. Author HQ is, obviously, London Book Fairs nod to self-publishing. Its where you generally go to hear Mark Dawson and Rachel Abbott. Its also right next to the ALLi stand where you get to socialize with us. I will of course update you with what this years virtual occasion brings as soon as I understand.

Frankfurt Offers Guarantees to Exhibitors

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Frankfurt has the considerable advantage of being arranged four months later than London. It has actually belonged to pandemic life that organizers have actually thought, “we may not be able to now, however we will already.” Only to find they couldnt after all. But this actually does feel like it might be the vital 4 months. Organizers clearly think so. The German federal governments cultural kickstart programme has actually been co-opted to finance things. What this means, essentially, is that exhibitors can plan to turn up personally without danger. In essence, its the exact same set of conditions as some travel firms are using to let people book with self-confidence.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Help us fill this with fantastic online occasions in the coming months and weeks.

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

MAY 2021

Love Lambeth Ebook Open Day, 15 MayByte Confluence, 19 May

JUNE 2021

Indie Author Week, 12-19 JuneAmerican Libraries Association Annual Conference, 23-29 Jun

I initially reported on NFTs (non-fungible tokens) a couple of weeks ago when the artist Beeple offered a “digital first edition” of the art work “The First Five Years” for $69m. For a full rundown of what NFTs are, and what they indicate for indie authors, please see that post. There are lots of concerns with NFTs. The winning entries, which will get the full services of the Books Go Social NFT platform, will be chosen based on what judges think are their chances of selling.

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The German business will be setting up an NFT market place from this Autumn.

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