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How Kindle Unlimited can pay off for authors

A new report from best-selling author Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings’ survey suggests Amazon’s ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited has brought a major shake-up in the market and KU authors are making an average of 13% more money per title on Kindle than non-KU authors. Read more...

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Amazon tops up KDP Select Fund to $5 million for September as Kindle Unlimited payout rate for authors holds steady at $1.51

Amazon have yet again topped up the monthly KDP Select Global Fund, with September’s total fund ending up at a new high of $5 million after $2 million was added this week to the $3 million originally set, but the payout rate for authors on Kindle Unlimited has fallen slightly to $1.51 per borrow. Read more...

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Scouting for books: Kindle Scout is now open for submissions

Amazon have sounded the bugle call for their new ‘reader-powered’ publishing program which is now officially open for submissions and will be called Kindle Scout. Read more...

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Amazon gets in an Empire State of mind with its first store in Midtown New York

Amazon is set to open up its first store on West 34th Street in Midtown New York. Read more...

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The roar of the crowd – Amazon reveals details of new genre publishing program

Amazon have released details about their new publishing program for writers which aims to publish new books which get the most votes online. The Authors-Got-Talent-type set-up is looking for books of at least 50,000 words in any of the genres of Romance, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Read more...

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What do Amazon’s new Kindle Direct Publishing terms and conditions mean for authors?

If you’re an author/publisher with books published on Kindle, some of you might have seen the new Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions popping up when you try to log in to your account. For many people, the small print is too tedious to wade through, so they tick the box and forget about them. But what are you letting yourself in for? Read more...

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Now BookBub lands in Britain

It’s a busy book business day for the UK, first, Kindle Unlimited opens for lending, and now the giant of email book marketing, BookBub, is expanding to cover British readers. Read more...

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Kindle Unlimited ‘library’ service branches out to the UK at 30% higher price

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook borrowing service has opened up in the UK, earlier than many commentators had anticipated after its July launch in the US and almost a third more expensive than in the US. Read more...

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Authors Got Talent – new crowdsource show coming soon for Amazon

Not content with offering authors a platform to self-publish and setting up several publishing imprints to publish a wide range of genres themselves, Amazon is now looking to the wisdom of the crowd to launch what looks like Amazon’s Got Talent, but without the TV show. Read more...

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Bon Voyage! Huge demand for Kindle Voyage $200 e-readers as first edition sells out in days

The death of the e-reader amid an avalanche of tablets has been predicted for some time now but the new generation of e-readers seems to be doing just fine, with the first production run of the Amazon Voyage not only selling out within a few days in the US but also looking set to be a rare hardware moneyspinner for Amazon. Read more...

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iBooks bundles up a ton of box sets at 99c apiece

Apple’s iBooks is running a worldwide merchandising feature offering 100 box sets with most priced at 99c each, although some are just 49c. Read more...