January 2018 Kindle Unlimited KENP rate falls to $0.0044 as seasonal reading rise puts pressure on fund

January is never a great month for the Kindle Unlimited KENP rate as post-Christmas reads rise sharply to put pressure on the overall fund and 2018 got off to a typical start with a rate of $0.0044, a 12% fall from $0.0050 in December, which was the highest KENP rate of 2017. Read more...

The girls on the train — and the boys — are listening to audiobook erotica

The next time you’re travelling to work on the train take a look around your fellow passengers — if they are listening on headphones there’s a good chance they’re listening to an erotica audiobook. Read more...

Two years on, Scribd returns to ‘unlimited’ ebook subscription service but avid readers may still get capped

Ebook subscription service Scribd has gone back to ‘unlimited’ access to ebooks and audiobooks for subscribers two years after ditching its original unlimited deal and capping members at three ebooks a month plus one audiobook. Read more...

Switch to suspense pays off again as Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer snaps up two new Teresa Driscoll thrillers

Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer imprint has picked up two new titles from Teresa Driscoll, the writer of the smash hit psychological thriller I Am Watching You. Read more...

Romance titles pick up the top prizes in KDP Pen to Publish self-publishing contest

Two romance titles have won the first Kindle Direct Publishing Pen to Publish self-publishing contest in India which offered a prize of one million rupees for each winning author. Read more...

Kobo and Walmart check out with ebook supermarket deal

Kobo has signed a deal with Walmart to set up an ebook and audiobook service for the US supermarket giant that will also see Kobo’e e-reading devices sold in Walmart stores and online. Read more...

Barnes & Noble slings its Nook with name change for self-publishing service

Barnes & Noble has integrated its self-publishing operation into a single platform that can publish ebooks or print books and it has changed the name from Nook Press to Barnes & Noble Press. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2017 leaps by 9% to hit high point for the year as annual fund total paid out rises 20% to $222 million

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2017 saw a strong rise of nearly 9% to reach the year’s highest rate of $0.0050, up from $0.0046 in November. Read more...

Half-price deals for new Goodreads Giveaways and KDP authors get go-ahead to offer Kindle ebooks in program

Goodreads is offering special 50%-off introductory pricing until the end of January on its new Giveaways program to help authors promote their books to readers. Read more...

Dark suspense takes the spotlight in Kobo’s Canada ebook best-sellers of 2017

The continuing popular trend of dark suspense thrillers dominated the list of best-selling ebooks for Kobo last year in its home market of Canada. Read more...

Opening up to the wide, wide world of ebook distribution

When you’re going wide for ebook distribution, how do you reach the widest possible market throughout the world? Read more...

KDP Print rolls out full launch of proof and author copies of paperbacks at wholesale prices

Proof and author wholesale copies of paperback books are now available for all publishers with a full launch through the print division of Kindle Direct Publishing. Read more...

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