Kobo to become a publisher

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Kobo has just announced it will follow in Amazon’s footsteps and become a publisher, dealing directly with authors.

This is good news for all authors, including, let us hope, indies.  Not such good news for traditional publishers, booksellers and agents though.

This just goes to show that the world of writing is in greater turmoil than at any time since, well, you choose the dates: the invention of printing, perhaps?

Personally I think that what is happening is akin to the infant phenomenon that was Dickens writing and publishing Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist in cheap, monthly serial form.  He was told that such a move would be the death of his ambitions to be a man of literature.  He chose to ignore this advice.

Good on you Kobo.




About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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