Lend me your ears — Scribd picks up Penguin audiobook subscriptions

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Scribd’s new deal with Penguin Random House to add 9,000 audiobooks to its subscription service includes current bestseller The Girl On The Train and other recent books rather than only backlist titles. Read more...

London Book Fair 2015 — A classic return to Olympia

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The London Book Fair 2015 made its return to its traditional venue of Olympia this week and it looked very much at home there in the April sunlight. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited payout for March 2015 falls to $1.33 despite record high KDP fund as borrows soar

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Just when you were getting used to a new normal of around $1.40 for Kindle Unlimited borrows, the payout for March has slumped to $1.33, although the KDP Select fund has hit a new high. Read more...

The Photography Show lights the way

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The Photography Show recently showed there’s still a lot of life left in illustrated print books and was also a great example of just how a show should be run. Read more...

A new chapter for Vearsa in data drive

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Epubdirect has changed its name to Vearsa and shifted the scope of its distribution business to focus on its powerful data tools. Read more...

Oyster opens up online shop to sell new ebooks and goes Unlimited

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Ebook subscription service Oyster Books has made a move away from the lending business to open up an ebook retail outlet selling front-list titles from major publishers, including all of the Big Five, but its prices for some new books are double the Kindle prices. Read more...

Breaking Bard — how to get inspiration for your book title from Shakespeare and The Bible

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Do you have problems finding just the right title for your book? You could try taking a leaf out of two of the best-selling books of this year and last year which both have titles inspired by Shakespeare and The Bible. Read more...

Indie authors get their own Fringe Festival after London Book Fair

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The London Book Fair is coming up very soon (April 14-16 at Olympia) and this year it has grown a Fringe. IndieReCon, which is a packed online programme for indie writers running from April 15-17, is featuring an LBF Indie Author Fringe Festival at Foyles bookshop on Friday, April 17. Read more...

Copyblogger brings blog back from the dead

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And this is my final addition to who’s fooling who on the April 1 internet — the King of Content, Copyblogger, announcing, Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Blog. Read more...

Smashwords’ spoof reveals the automatic Kindle Author

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Ebook distributor Smashwords added to the general April 1 hilarity with a blog post headed, New Amazon Service Eliminates the Need for Authors‏ (at least I hope it’s a hoax). Read more...

Amazon’s April Fool takes us back to the future

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Who ever doubted that Amazon had a sense of humor? For its celebration of April Fools’ Day, Amazon.com set its home page to a 1990s’ Web 1.0 version of itself, but there was a commercial method to the prank as it was full of links to books and products featuring practical jokes or legendary April Fools’ hoaxes. Read more...

Cover story — Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman US cover is a slow train coming

The US edition has a lovely sparse graphic quality with beautiful 1950s-style typography and great overall balance.

The finished covers of Harper Lee’s eagerly awaited ‘new’ book, Go Set A Watchman, have now been released and the US cover wins my vote over the artwork for the UK edition. Read more...

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