Roses are dead for Scribd after it dumps popular romance books that cost it too much

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Ebook subscription service Scribd has dumped many romance and erotica novels from its line-up because they are so popular with readers that they cost the company too much. Read more...

Long reads to pay off in Kindle Unlimited pay-per-page system as Amazon reveals count details and nearly 2 billion a month page reads

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Amazon has revealed the prospect of a low payout rate to authors under the new pay-per-page Kindle Unlimited system that could see the royalty rate at $1 for every 173 ebook pages read. Read more...

Duplex deal offers inside-cover printing from IngramSpark

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Print-on-demand specialist IngramSpark is now offering duplex printing — which means printing inside the cover as well as on the cover. Read more...

Google Play Books Literata font raises the bar for ebook typography

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New fonts designed for e-reading are all the rage at present, with Amazon launching bespoke slab serif Bookerly and now, surprisingly, Google Play Books springing specially designed Literata as the default typeface on its app. Read more...

Amazon updates first-gen Kindle Paperwhite software and introduces new sharing feature

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It turns out that I was too hasty to say that Amazon isn’t interested in updating the software/firmware for older Kindles. Not only has the company issued a software update for the first-gen Kindle Paperwhite but it’s also added a new sharing facility. Read more...

Draft2digital adds Oyster ebook subscription service to distribution network

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Ebook distributor Draft2digital has added subscription service Oyster to its list of digital stores covered for self-published authors. Read more...

Kindle Paperwhite adds higher resolution, Bookerly font and new layout engine

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The new Kindle Paperwhite looks like a bit of a bargain with higher resolution and including Amazon’s new ‘typesetting’ engine and the new Bookerly font for just $119. Read more...

No book required — the new world of ‘assetless’ ebook pre-orders

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Ebook distributor Smashwords is offering assetless pre-orders (no book or cover required) for indie authors and says books launched as pre-orders earned triple the amount made by books uploaded on day of release. Read more...

What’s what with The Wattys 2015

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Wattpad’s annual writing contest The Wattys is now open for its 2015 extravaganza. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited turns to pay-per-page for author royalties

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Kindle Unlimited is switching to a pay-per-page system from the present payout of a flat payment per book once 10% of the book has been read. Amazon gives an extraordinary example of an author earning $20 per borrow under the new deal. Read more...

Amazon extends Kindle e-reader full-screen advertising to self-publishers

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Self-published authors can now advertise their KDP Select books as full-screen ads on Kindle e-readers as well as on Amazon’s website. Read more...

Calibre update brings docx export

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Ebook converter Calibre has been around for nearly nine years and the free software gets updated very frequently but a recent update has brought a useful new function that could help with workflow for self-publishers. Read more...

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