January 2017 Kindle Unlimited KENP rate falls by 9% despite KDP fund hitting new high

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for January 2017 plunged by 9.6% to $0.0047 from December’s level of $0.0052 despite a strong rise in the KDP Select Global fund to yet another new high. Read more...

Amazon offers to drop ‘favored nation’ clauses to end Europe ebook probe

European Commission Amazon ebook anti-trust investigation

Amazon has offered to drop its ‘parity’ clauses in publisher contracts in Europe after an anti-trust investigation by the European Union over concerns about reduced competition among ebook distributors and less consumer choice. Read more...

Amazon launches £20,000 KDP Kindle Storyteller award in the UK

Amazon is offering a £20,000 cash prize in a newly launched Kindle Storyteller Award for the UK, which extends the reach of its Storyteller prizes after setting up a similar scheme in Germany in 2015. Read more...

Nook’s $49.95 tablet is withdrawn from sale after power problems

Barnes & Noble has hit another snag with its recently launched $49.95 Nook tablet. This time, the problem is reckoned to be with the charging adapter, which is said to have shown signs of breaking when being plugged in to a power supply. Read more...

Book clubs and young readers boost ebook and audiobook lending on OverDrive library platform

Ebook and audiobook lending through libraries and schools boomed last year as leading library distributor OverDrive saw a 21% increase in borrowing to hit a combined total of 196 million digital books covering ebooks and audiobooks. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited paid out $186 million in 2016, a 40% rise on 2015, as December KENP rate stays steady

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2016 stayed steady at $0.0052 as the KDP Select global fund saw the biggest monthly rise of the year to hit another new high of $16.8 million. Read more...

Amazon Publishing imprints take eight of the top 20 places in Kindle ebook best-sellers of 2016

Amazon Publishing imprints took eight of the top 20 spots in the Kindle Best-sellers’ list of 2016 and currently accounts for eight of the top 10 places in the best-selling list for 2017 so far. Read more...

Kobo gets a grip on German ebook market with Tolino takeover

Ebook retailer Kobo has made a significant move in the European market with the takeover of Tolino, which is the leading ebook marketplace in Germany. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited November KENP rate hits another new high of $0.0053

The Kindle Unlimited November KENP payout edged up to a new high with a payout of $0.0053, a 2% rise from October’s $0.0052, which was the prevous highest monthly rate under the pay-per-page v2.0 scheme. Read more...

BookBaby grows bigger to print large-format books

BookBaby has installed new book printing and bindery equipment in its printing plant to add capacity for print large-format books, which is fantastic for anyone looking to self-publish a photography or art book. Read more...

Christmas deadlines for ebook publishing

If you’re planning on publishing or updating any ebooks this Chrismas you should take note of distributor Draft2digital’s deadlines for getting your ebook on seasonal sale. Read more...

European Union lifts the VAT burden on ebooks

The European Commission is to lift its tax crackdown on ebooks and it could see VAT on ebooks sold in European countries cut to the same level as the rate for print books, which would mean 0% in the UK. Read more...

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