‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

Book Culture

There’s a scam going on in the eBook industry, and, as with most high-dollar missteps, no one is stopping it. Before we get into the details of these legal evasions, it’s critical to understand that eBook authors make money per pages read. When authors fill their works with special features to drive the page count into the thousands, eBook readers feel like they’re getting a steal: extra content for the same price. But, for the author, ‘steal’ isn’t that far off.   Image Via David Gaughran   There have been a number of tactics to stop self-publishing abuses designed to …

New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

Book Culture

Last week, popular online publishing site Wattpad announced its entry into the world of physical books. The new publishing imprint, Wattpad Books, already has its starting lineup of new releases: six YA novels across popular genres, a decision which officials believe should appeal to the site’s Millenial and Gen-Z reader base. Despite the stigma surrounding self-publishing, these stories have had mass market appeal. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman, the most popular story among these picks, has racked up over 40 million reads during its time on the site. But the selection process for these books is more than just a numbers …