2013 publishing wish listAs 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to think ahead and start planning for a New Year of uncertainty, doubt, fear and most of all, opportunity. As we have seen during 2012, nothing stays the same for very long in this new era of publishing and change is the only constant. With this in mind, here is my 2013 publishing wish list of changes I would just love to see happen in 2013.

Amazon will become a friendly and open company, who will answer all questions with honesty and a willingness to help its customers and suppliers. It will also allow authors to once again rejoin the reading community and be able to post reviews of books they have read. Amazon will also see the errors of their ways and stop charging non-US Kindle readers an arm and a leg for free ebook delivery. Along with these changes we may also see hell freeze over.

Smashwords will hire a website designer and make visiting their site less of a 1990’s experience. While I’m all for nostalgia, an update and redesign to at least 2002 design standards would go some ways towards attracting people other than hardened self publishers to Smashwords. Perhaps even potential readers of their ebooks.

Apple will finally admit that it was simply an oversight not to have their iBooks reader application available on their laptops. While it is very convenient being able to read ebooks on an iPhone, it will finally dawn on someone at Apple that needing a magnifying glass to read a book is a bit old fashioned.

Goodreads will add a navigation menu to their popular site and users will then be able to find the thousands of pages of useful information that have been locked away from even the most intrepid reading enthusiast.

Kobo will make the bestseller ratings of their books actually match their bestseller lists. They are a very clever and innovative ebook retailer, but boy, do they have problems with matching up numbers from one to one hundred.

Barnes & Noble will do something in 2013. No one really cares what they do, but something is always better than nothing.

Sony will sell some ebooks. I know we all wish them luck with this.

The Big Six became the Big Five in 2012. In a world now where smaller is better, one can only imagine how small the big will be by the end of 2013. The Big One? The Big Half? The Big Fat Zero? Who knows.

Oh, and just one last thing.

May I wish a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all readers of The Vandal. I’ll be back in 2013 with a grumpier attitude, a meaner streak and of course, with my tongue as usual, firmly implanted in my cheek.

The 2013 Self Publishing Wish List
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6 thoughts on “The 2013 Self Publishing Wish List

  • 20/12/2012 at 1:52 pm
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    That did make me laugh, Derek! You’re spot on, especially with the Smashwords comment and Sony! I would like to add that I would like Smashwords to start updating its distributor sales more regularly than once in a blue moon and for Amazon to put its algorithms back to pre May 2012. :)

  • 20/12/2012 at 4:02 pm
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    An awesome list and Marissa’s wish is a good one, too.

  • 23/12/2012 at 5:55 pm
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, also, Derek! Please don’t lose that Aussie charm! :-) I just communicated with someone who has lost important reviews on Amazon – continues to be painful! So far mine are still there. And Re Goodreads – I’m finally learning to find my way around, but it still remains a mystery in many ways. I wish Smashwords would allow reviews from people who don’t buy the books on their site. And maybe I should start frequenting Barnes & Noble more. It’s just that Amazon makes it so darned easy to buy from them.

  • 23/12/2012 at 7:13 pm
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    Thank you Lorinda and Season’s Greetings to you. I think you really hit the 2013 nail right on the head when you said that Amazon are just so easy to buy from. This is the real challenge for the other Ebook retailers in the coming year. None of them have managed it yet, with some not even having understood how important it is. Apple though, are probably getting there with iPads.. ‘One Click’ purchasing is THE advantage Amazon have at the moment. It will be interesting to see who can challenge this.

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