Amazon updates Kindle Voyage with Bookerly font and new typesetting engine

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Amazon has updated its top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage ereader which now features the new typesetting engine and the Bookerly font specially designed for electronic reading. Read more...

Women writers dominate ebook best-sellers in 2015

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Women writers dominate the list of the best-selling ebooks sold through the UK Kindle store this year and Amazon is getting a bonus from the craze for colouring books by selling pencils as well as books to stressed-out folk seeking mindfulness through art therapy. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited pay-per-page deal kicks off at $0.0057 per KENP for July

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The first month of Kindle Unlimited’s pay-per-page system for authors’ royalties has seen the KENP payout rate (Kindle Edition Normalized Page) set at $0.0057 for July. Read more...

The rise of the indies over five years of Kindle in the UK

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Indie authors have prospered in the five years since Amazon opened its Kindle store in the UK, with its No 1 seller being self-published initially and half a dozen other indies making it into the top 100 best-selling Kindle writers over the half-decade. Read more...

Reading is the best medicine

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Most authors know that a book can change your life (particularly if it’s yours and becomes a best-seller) and Fast Company writer Mike Grothaus has found that his personal experience of a life-changing book is backed by scientific research. Read more...

How a short-term Bookbub discount can bring you long-term fans happy to pay full price

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Short-term discounts at low prices can bring you long-term readers willing to pay higher prices once they know and like your books, according to research by leading ebook promotion specialist Bookbub. Read more...

228 KENPs is average read per borrow on Kindle Unlimited as final flat-rate flat-lines at $1.35 in June

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The final flat-rate payment to authors from Kindle Unlimited didn’t exactly go out in a blaze of glory as Amazon shelled out the second-lowest royalty rate of $1.35 per borrow for June despite a massive KDP Select fund of $11.3 million. Read more...

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...

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