Color me blue — British publishers face big VAT bill as 20% back-tax crackdown looms

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Print books in the UK have so far escaped having to charge VAT even while ebooks have had the 20% tax slapped on them but now the VATman is coming for coloring books. Read more...

Waterstones exits ebooks and switches customers to Kobo

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Leading UK bookstore Waterstones has become the latest business to quit the ebook sector and is shutting down its ebook operation on June 14 and switching its customers to Kobo. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April holds steady trend at $0.0048

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The Kindle Unlimited KENP payment rate to authors for April continued the recent steady trend at $0.0048 per page. Read more...

Audible members can now give their audiobooks to an unlimited number of people

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Audiobooks are a hot sector for indie publishers and leading supplier Audible is now allowing members to give any audiobook they own to an unlimited number of people for free via email, text, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, using their iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Read more...

Goodreads adds Kindle ebooks to giveaway promo deals but the first titles are free already on Kindle Unlimited

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Goodreads has offered authors a promotional deal for print book giveaways for some time but now it’s finally adding a Kindle ebook giveaway program. Read more...

Kindle Fires up bright new colors and boosts storage

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The Kindle Fire now comes in new colors and more storage options, with the massively popular tablet now available in magenta, blue and tangerine as well as the original black and with either 8Gb or 16Gb of internal storage. Read more...

Kindle Oasis de luxe e-reader gets new font, 5-star review and strong launch sales

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Amazon is adding a new ebook font choice for the Kindle Oasis e-reader and, despite the high price of the Oasis, it seems to be pulling in impressive sales figures. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP payout for March is steady at $0.0047

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The Kindle Unlimited payout rate to authors for March stayed steady at $0.0047 per KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Page). Read more...

‘Disappearing’ Kindle Oasis is no mirage

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The new Kindle e-reader that Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has been getting excited about is an all-new model — the Kindle Oasis — that’s positioned very much at the top end of the range with a whopping price of $289.99. Read more...

The 24-hour non-stop indie authors’ show is online this week

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It’s showtime this week with the London Book Fair opening on Tuesday and at the end of the week (Friday, April 15) the Alliance of Independent Authors is running its brilliant annual Indie Author Fringe with a massive range of online sessions. Read more...

Is Jeff Bezos going on a new Voyage?

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It’s not often you get the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company tweeting advance news of product releases but that’s what Amazon’s Jeff Bezos did yesterday, so it seems Mr Bezos must be very proud of the ‘all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready, 8th generation’. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP payment rate for February rises 14% to $0.0047 after page recount system takes effect

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The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate paid out to authors rose strongly in February to $0.0047 from $0.0041 in January, an increase of 14%, as the new version of counting ebook pages came into operation. Read more...

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