Topic: Indie Publishing (67 articles)


Books: The Secret Weapon Against Stress

A study at the university of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress levels by 68%. Technology has significantly accelerated the pace of life over the last century. Cities, factories, cars and television may have made our lives more comfortable…

March 19, 2013, by


Track Indie Book Sales Reports The Easy Way and Visualize Your Data

The 15th of the month is an important day for all of us indie-publishers and writers. It’s a day both eagerly anticipated and dreaded. It’s the day Amazon releases their monthly Kindle sales reports – in a horribly messed up…

January 15, 2013, by

Indie Publishing

E-readers aren’t dead, Tablets are just snazzier

A report has been making the rounds lately which shows the “shocking” decline of e-reader sales and has been quickly interpreted as the “Death of E-reading” and the “Conquest of Tablets”. Instead of debating on numbers and statistics, let me…

December 13, 2012, by

Hacks & Tutorials

The Easy Way To Sell Digital Downloads From Your Website

Have you ever considered selling digital products such as books, tutorials, videos, etc. from your own website? After all, blogging is hard work. Why just rely on advertising fees to support your writing when you can sell your own digital…

December 5, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

When You Buy An Ebook, It Should Be Yours, Period.

Long gone are the days of rummaging through second hand book and record shops for that oblique cultural item once referred to by a friend of a friend in a late-night bar conversation. Nowadays, you just wake up, sit down…

November 28, 2012, by


Death By Gaming: A New Murder Mystery For German Learners

About a year ago I launched a little experiment of writing a detective story for German learners, intent on combining both fun and methodical learning. Little did I know that it would become so popular. It has been on the…

November 25, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

6 Reasons Why Blogging Still Matters

We all know what a blog is, or at least we pretend to know. Since their heyday in the early 2000s, nearly everyone has stumbled over or even written one. According to this blog, 6.7 million people publish their own…

November 11, 2012, by

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #4 The Cover

[PART #1] – [PART #2] – [PART #3] Welcome to the fourth part in our short series about creating ebooks with open source tools. (If you missed the last one, click here). Today I’d like to talk a bit about cover…

November 9, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

The Beauty Of Paperless Publishing

Everyone talks about how ebooks are great because they cost less, ship faster and don’t kill trees. And it’s all true, but even before a book hits the (virtual) shelves, the production process has changed significantly. The way it used…

November 6, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

The Flipped Office: Work at Home, Relax Outside

The concept of the “flipped classroom” refers to a reversal of traditional teaching, where the lecturing part happens outside of the classroom (i.e. through videos, reading, etc.) and the exercise or interaction part happens inside the classroom. While the “flipped…

October 31, 2012, by


Paperback vs Ebook: The Best Of Both Worlds

Yesterday, I received the print proof for the second episode of my detective story for German learners “Die Dritte Hand”. And I continue to be amazed by the quality of Amazon’s CreateSpace, a print-on-demand service that lets anyone publish almost…

October 22, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

Why FREE and PAID Don’t Contradict

We’re living in the 21st century but in many ways we are still looking at life through 20th century glasses. It is this conflict or clash that characterizes most contemporary debates about privacy and copyright. From Mass Production To “Handcrafted”…

October 12, 2012, by