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Kobo Writing Life Podcast


The Kobo Writing Life Podcast brings you insights and inspiration for growing your self-publishing business. We feature interviews with bestselling authors and industry experts, who share practical advice you can use to improve your writing and sell more books. Hosted by KWL's very own Chrissy Munroe and Stephanie McGrath, you'll also get the latest news and updates about Kobo and the KWL platform. Self-publish today at www.kobo.com/writinglife

Jul 29, 2013

Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews author Robert Levine, the author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.

Mark and Robert discuss the following:

 

  • The vision of the orderly process of interviewing subjects for a non-fiction book VS the actuality
  • The hard part being stopping (research and interviews) when you feel that you have enough material
  • Understanding copyright law when you’re not an attorney
  • The stress of publishing deadlines even with a supportive editor behind you
  • What it’s like traveling the globe for research and delivering the finished product
  • The difference between writing for dailies/weeklies/monthlies and writing a book which relies more on the underlying ideas than current events & details
  • The essence of what publishers do in terms of aggregating risk
  • The concept of making it convenient to do the right thing and inconvenient to do the wrong thing
  • The inconclusive nature of the way different generations respond to the concept of copyright, digital and free media
  • The economics of windowing with respect to format releases in publishing
  • The difference in cost between making Iron Man 2 and the book Free Ride
  • Pricing books and eBooks to maximize revenue

 

This episode also includes Q&A regarding the right price to set for your eBook as well as an overview of one author’s experiment with increasing the price of her eBook on the various eBook retail platforms.

 

Robert Levine's book Free Ride on Kobo (Please note there are two different links depending on which territory you're in):

CA, US, HK, SG, ID, JP, BR

 

www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9780385533775

GB, AU, NZ, DE, FR, ES, NL, IT, HK, SG, AT, CH, ID, JP, PT, ZA, BR

www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781448161331

 

Robert Levine’s Website

http://freeridethebook.wordpress.com/