What’s New

Amazon’s New Kindle Fire tablet Ships November 15!

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled three new Kindle models last week, including the much-anticipated Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon’s new 7” vibrant color multi-touch tablet sold an estimated 95,000 units in the first day of pre-orders for just $199 each. The new Android-powered tablet is compatible with Android apps sold through Amazon’s app store, with the

Self-published authors get direct access to Nook market

Lulu, the premier self-publishing service on the internet, announced this week that they have formed a partnership with Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller. The new collaboration will allow Lulu’s members (called creators) to distribute their books through the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, what Lulu founder and CEO Bob Young calls: “another step

Find us in Frankfurt!

OBS will be exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 12-16—come and visit us at the Independent Publishers Guild stand A934-937 in Hall 8A! We started coming to Frankfurt in 1985 and look forward to this year’s event! The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest trade show in the world of books, an annual industry

Grieving the loss of Authors and Friends

We have lost treasured authors and friends this month. We mourn their passing, and celebrate their lives. Mr. Joseph Garland passed away on August 30, 2011. We first met Joe in the 1980s when he championed the Schooner Adventure’s return to Gloucester; he helped us research and put together the Web site for the ship in

Pay-Per-News vs Open Access Publishing

Starting in October, the Boston Globe will start a digital-only subscription of $3.99 a week for access to stories and breaking news from their website. The new pay-to-read website will be accessible anywhere using a “responsive web design” that automatically adjusts to any screen. This business model differs from other online newspapers that allow you

Reykjavik: City of Literature

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has granted Reykjavik, Iceland official “City of Literature” status. Reykjavik is the fifth city to receive the honor, following Edinburgh, Scotland; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.; and Dublin, Ireland. It is the 29th member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network overall. UNESCO Cities of

A Look Back on OBS

We saw the e-wave coming over thirty years ago and are working today to help publishers adapt to and profit from new internet-based publishing opportunities. Read the below excerpt from a “What’s New” OBS posted over ten years ago; you will see that OBS has a strong working knowledge not only of the traditional publishing

Birthday Wishes to a Fiction Icon

Today, August 22, American fiction legend Ray Bradbury turns 91. Having penned such stories as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury has entertained and inspired countless readers since the 1930’s and is still writing today. Today, on his birthday, his semi-autobiographical novel Dandelion Wine was picked up by Phoenix Pictures to