Sainsbury’s shuts down its ebook service and sends readers off to Kobo as ex-Nookers face second transfer in six months

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UK supermarket Sainsbury’s is shutting down its ebook service and Kobo, as usual, is the ebook retailer taking in the exodus of readers from another failed British supermarket foray into ebooks. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate falls to $0.0045 for August — the lowest level under post-recount system

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The Kindle Unlimited KENP payment rate for authors fell to $0.0045 for August — the lowest KENP rate under Amazon’s page recount system which came into operation in February. Read more...

It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet

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Ebooks are books rather than ‘electronically supplied services’, the European Union has ruled. The move means that member countries of the EU will be free to slash tax rates on ebooks. Read more...

Thrillers lead the line for latest batch of Kindle Scout winners

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It’s nearly two years since Amazon launched its ‘reader-powered’ Kindle Scout program in October 2014 to publish new genre fiction and thrillers are still leading the list. Read more...

Self-publishing still showing strong growth as rising quality lures libraries and booksellers

US barcode provider Bowker says its latest figures show self-publishing is continuing to grow strongly and adds that booksellers and libraries are becoming increasingly interested in stocking self-published books. Read more...

Alexa coming to new $89.99 Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet

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Amazon claims its all-new Fire HD 8 tablet is designed for all-day entertainment with up to 12 hours of battery life as the firm reports that Fire tablet sales have doubled year on year. Read more...

Wattpad Futures adds ads to stories and pays writers a cut of the cash

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Story site Wattpad has launched a new program which aims to help writers earn money through advertising and says a test run has already seen authors earning $1,000 a month, with some making nearly $2,000. Read more...

KENP rate for July holds steady at $0.0048 as Amazon extends Kindle Unlimited to Japan

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The KENP rate for July edged down slightly to $0.0048 from $0.0049 in June while the KDP Select global fund for July inched up to $15.5 million from $15.4 million in June. Read more...

Poetry prize shows differing royalty levels from Amazon Publishing

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There are some interesting business details among the small print of Amazon Publishing’s recent Little A Poetry Contest aimed at discovering emerging poets. Read more...

Yes, we scan! UK book barcodes (ISBNs) take a great leap online

Is the International Standard Book Number really ‘the single, most important item needed to publish a book’? That’s what Nielsen, the monopoly supplier of ISBNs in the UK, thinks. Personally, I reckon it’s way behind many other factors. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for June bounces back to $0.0049 as KDP fund total for first six months of 2016 hits $89.5 million

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The Kindle Unlimited KENP pay rate to authors strengthened to $0.0049 in June from $0.0046 in May, a rise of 6.5%. Read more...

Nook Press adds print book platform for self-publishers with ‘game-changer’ Barnes & Noble distribution deal

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Barnes & Noble is adding a Nook Press print book platform which offers self-published authors the chance to get national distribution through the firm’s 640 bookstores. Read more...

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