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

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

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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How stepping up pricing and quality is the key to profitable print books

IngramSpark has dropped its annual distribution fees so authors now don’t have to pay a yearly charge to have their books made available through the company’s wide international network of 39,000 retailers and libraries. Read more...

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Rakuten buys library ebook supplier OverDrive to boost Kobo

Giant internet conglomerate Rakuten is buying OverDrive, the leading supplier of ebooks to libraries, for $410 million and will use the company to expand its Kobo ebook business. Read more...

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Kindle Unlimited February payout rises to $1.41 but growth and KDP fund fall back

The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors rose in February to $1.41, although the overall KDP Select fund fell for the first time since KU was introduced. Read more...

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Simple sleeve is just the ticket for a Voyage

Simplicity is always a good idea when it comes to design and the Inateck sleeve designed to carry and protect the Kindle Voyage fits the bill perfectly. Read more...

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Wattpad hacks into the Dark

Wattpad is just getting hotter and hotter. After recently hitting the amazing milestone of 100 million uploads, the story site is now adding a new section for ‘mature romance’ readers. Read more...

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Roger Packer is placed in Top 20 Book Marketing Masters

A new survey places Roger Packer (that’s me) in the Top 20 Book Marketing Masters. Read more...

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Kindle Scout adds three genres as thrillers still lead the way

Amazon’s Kindle Scout program has widened its range of genres to add Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Action & Adventure to the original categories of Romance, Mystery/Thriller and Science Fiction, with Thrillers making up 60% of the titles selected so far. Read more...

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The Big Borrow — Kindle Unlimited heads for $100 million-plus payout

In its first six months of operation, Kindle Unlimited has lent as many books as the New York Public Library lends in a year and now looks set to pay out well over $100 million on borrows to self-published authors this year. Read more...

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Borrows boom but Kindle Unlimited January payout falls to $1.38 despite new high for KDP Select fund

Amazon dashed hopes of a strong start to the year for KDP Select authors as the Kindle Unlimited payout for January 2015 fell to $1.38 per borrow from $1.43 in December despite the KDP Select fund for January being topped up to yet another record high of $8.5 million. Read more...

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Spider-Man swoops into Scribd as Marvel makes it a million for ebook subscription service

Ebook subscription service Scribd has added over 10,000 comic books from Marvel and other comic publishers, including Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, Valiant and Zenescope. Read more...