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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...

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Nook Press boosts self-published authors in the UK with preview deal with The Bookseller magazine

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press is targeting the UK for a much needed boost to its ebook business by linking up with UK trade publishing magazine The Bookseller for a New Preview Section for self-published authors in the UK. Read more...

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Amazon sets off on a Voyage with new Kindles

Are we really at the 7th generation of Kindles already? That seems to be the case, with Amazon introducing two new Kindles and a new operating system that ties users firmly into the Amazon empire. Read more...

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Amazon adds huge bonus for Kindle Unlimited and $500,000 for KDP star authors

Amazon added a massive bonus of $2.7 million to more than double the Kindle Select Fund total for August to $4.7 million, by far the biggest-ever for the fund. Read more...

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Kindle Unlimited borrow rate slumps by 15% to $1.54 for August

Well, the figures have come out bang on time but they don’t make great reading. I had expected a payout of around $1.60-1.70 per borrow for Kindle Unlimited/KOLL for August but Amazon have announced the rate is $1.54, not far off the lower range of my forecast, but still disappointing. Read more...

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Young Americans are still hitting the books

There always seems to be a myth that young people have given up on reading and now devote their lives solely to social media, but anyone who has seen the stunning sales for books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, among many others, know that the truth is that young folk are voracious readers. Read more...

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The mathematics of Kindle Unlimited and the ebook subscription business

As we all wait with bated breath for the 15th (or thereabouts) of the month which will reveal August’s borrow rate for ebooks on Kindle Unlimited (my bet is on a range of $1.60-$1.70), I thought I’d set out a few numbers I’ve crunched about the effects of the first couple of months of Kindle Unlimited and the ebook subscription business in general. Read more...

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You’ve got to speculate to accumulate

If you’re a writer who’s into science fiction, fantasy, horror, or anything in-between or even unclassifiable, then you could be in with a chance of winning $1,300 (£800) in the Albedo Aeon Short Fiction Contest that’s open for another couple of months. Read more...

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Is this the pre-order of all time?

The wheels of traditional publishers can grind exceedingly slow, with the lead time between completion of a novel and publication often a year at least, but the great Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood is writing a new work that won’t be published for another century. Read more...

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Amazon pops up with Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

New downloadable software from Amazon aims to make it easier for children’s book authors to prepare, publish and promote illustrated and chapter books for the Kindle. Read more...

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Do you want to get paid $200 a word? $20,000 prize in flash fiction contest

This must be the most generous prize in the world for writing contests – $20,000 for a story of no more than 100 words. If you use up the maximum number of words allowed, that works out at $200 a word, but there’s no reason why, if you’re suitably Hemingwayesque, you couldn’t win with a story of 50 words or so, which would be a whopping $400 a word. Read more...