The Wattys 2016 are now open with a range of new categories

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Wattpad’s Wattys 2016 is now open for entries and there’s a wide range of new categories. Read more...

Pixel of Ink shuts ebook promotion site

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Pixel of Ink, one of the leading Kindle ebook promotion websites, has closed down. The site has been running for six years but seems to have been hit by a recent Amazon crackdown on affiliates. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May edges down to $0.0046 while KDP Select fund rises to new high of $15.3 million

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The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors for May showed a small fall to $0.0046 per KENP from $0.0048 in April although the KDP Global Select fund rose to a record high of $15.3 million. Read more...

The Wattys 2016 are coming

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It’s official — The Wattys 2016 are coming. Wattpad has finally announced that full details of this year’s much anticipated Wattys will be revealed next week on June 20 and says there will be new awards. Read more...

It’s transfer time as Waterstones moves ebook customers to Kobo

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UK bookshop chain Waterstones is now starting the official transfer of its ebook customers to Kobo. Waterstones is the latest firm to pull out of the ebook market and if you have an account with them you should be getting an email which sets out the steps you need you take. Read more...

Self-published romcom gets Hallmark movie premiere

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A self-published romcom novel that has been made into a movie is getting its debut TV airing on the Hallmark channel this weekend. Read more...

Kobo owner Rakuten retreats from UK

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Multinational conglomerate Rakuten, which owns the Kobo ebook operation, is shutting its marketplace website in the UK which sells print books as well as a range of other products. Read more...

Children’s book crowdfunding campaign raises nearly $750,000

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A children’s book project which launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter with the target of raising £40,000 has smashed through that figure to hit the astonishing total of nearly $750,000 from a total of well over 14,000 backers. Read more...

Author Earnings’ million-title survey shows the Changing of the Author Guard in the ebook era and explodes the Midlist Myth

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The new report from Author Earnings shows conclusively there has been a major changing of the guard for authors, with indies now dominating earnings across the market. Read more...

Booming Amazon Publishing imprints take seven places in top 10 best-selling Kindle ebooks

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The massive growth of Amazon Publishing imprints is illustrated vividly this week as they took seven of the 10 top spots on the Amazon.com Kindle ebook best-sellers’ list while indie publishers had two entrants and traditional publishing had just a single book on the list. Read more...

Data lure sees Macmillan take over free self-publishing platform Pronoun

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Data was the driving force behind the deal that has seen publisher Macmillan buying Pronoun, the free platform that was among the pioneers of self-publishing way back in 2009 when it was set up as Vook. Read more...

BookBub opens up advertising scheme for indie authors separate from Featured Deals

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Leading ebook promotion site BookBub is launching an advertising scheme for authors and publishers that will run in a dedicated space in the firm’s daily emails to millions of readers. Read more...

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