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Following a Successful Author’s Experience with New Publishing Technologies

Sunday afternoon

He calls it “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing“, but don’t think for a moment that Joe Konrath hasn’t been to Night School. As I have already discussed in the Kindle Nation newsletter, Joe is my eye idea of an author who is working hard at connecting with his base of readers. As a direct consequence, that base is expanding by leaps and bounds.

Most recently, due in part to some nice symbiosis between Joe and Kindle Nation, “his” novel Serial has soared to the #1 bestseller position, among 290,000 Kindle books, in the Kindle Store. (Why the quotation marks around the word “his”? Because Joe’s the human behind the Jack Kilborn pen name.)

Joe is also the successful author of the Jack Daniels suspense-with-an-edge series, hold the garnish and the little umbrella, that began with the 2004 publication of Whiskey Sour.

If you are an author or independent publisher who wants to learn how to work the new technologies to find your readers, here are two suggestions:

Amazon Adds Over 7,300 Free Public Domain Books to the Kindle Store

Just 11 days before its February 9 press conference on the Kindle at New York’s Morgan Library, Amazon has just added over 7,300 free public domain books to its Kindle Store catalog.

To access these titles and download them to your Kindle within seconds at no charge, just go to the Kindle Store and type or paste “Public Domain Books” (with the quotation marks) into the search field. Not to put too fine a point on this, but these are not junk titles — just type the name of one of your favorite classic authors into your search and you will likely be pleased with the return.

Just a sign of big things to come — the one promise, from the original Kindle launch, on which Amazon has delivered the least is Kindle access to “every book ever printed.”

That will take a long while, but I would be surprised if, from the library, there is not an announcement about deal(s) through which Amazon participates in such ventures as Google Reader, Creative Commons, Project Gutenberg to bring about a dramatic increase in access to titles. In Amazon’s customer-experience business model, such deals need not even be significantly monetized: a dime here and a dime there would work just fine, since it would all build the primacy of the Kindle Store destination.