We know that being authors, you are busy writing. So we’ve rounded up the top 5 articles that indie authors were talking about this week.  Now you can spend five minutes catching up on industry news and the rest of your day doing what you do best, writing.

1. Sneak Peek

Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature is now portable. Authors who run a WordPress blog can embed the Look Inside feature directly on their author websites. This gives readers an opportunity to sample the book without being redirected to Amazon.com. If this makes you as excited as a hungry hippo at feeding time, A.C. Florry outlines the step-by-step details on how to embed the widget on your blog asap.

 2. Desperado

Barnes and Noble announced this week that they would be opening a new prototype store that better integrates digital elements into the customer experience. Sound familiar? That’s because Amazon describes their new stores as “an extension of their website”. Sounds like B&N is trying to play catch-up once again. May the force be with you.

3. Get Social

There are a quite a few good articles out this week on how to manage your social media presence. Laurie Boris put together a helpful tutorial on how to run a Goodreads giveaway. Firebrand put out the definitive guide to Twitter polls. Kirsten Oliphant wrote a great beginners guide to Pinterest for authors. And all the world was talking about Facebook’s newest additions to the family – five additional emojis that allow you to do more than just “like” a post.

 4. Clean Living

Gwendolyn Kist penned an important article on how to make sure the links to your book that you’re sharing (on your website, on social media, in emails) are clean. The process of cleaning a link is quick and simple and something all authors need to know. So read it please.

5. I’ll Show you Mine

In anticipation of the Digital Book World conference that will take place in 10 days, DBW released an industry white paper with 10 articles covering topics from ebook pricing to copyright to the state and future of audiobooks. The white paper is free in exchange for your email address. It’s a fair trade if you’re interested in the broader dynamics of the publishing industry.

Missed last week’s Friday Five? Catch up on indie author news here.

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