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Kindle Unlimited payout to authors rises to $1.40 in November

The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors bounced back with a welcome rise to $1.40 per borrow in November, up from a low of $1.33 in October. Read more...

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Audible makes a drama out of Jeffery Deaver’s new story

Audiobooks aren’t just about reading out a book, as Audible has shown with Jeffery Deaver’s The Starling Project, which is winning acclaim as a quality audio drama. Read more...

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Thrillers dominate the Kindle Scout winners

Mystery/thrillers are dominating the recently launched Kindle Scout ‘reader-powered’ publishing scheme. Ten of the first 13 books selected are in the mystery/thriller genre, while three are science fiction/fantasy (one of these is a fantasy/mystery crossover) and there is just one winner from the romance genre. Read more...

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Self-published top page-turner goes exclusive on Amazon

The new book from the author that Kobo readers in the UK are most keen on reading right to the end won’t be available through Kobo as the author has signed up with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint on a Kindle Unlimited deal. Read more...

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Italy and Malta slash ebook tax rates in Euro VAT inferno

There has been another turn in the European ebook VAT fiasco, with both Italy and Malta slashing the tax rate. Read more...

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How to get your book picked for a BookBub promotion

Ebook promotion site BookBub is notoriously picky and has just revealed that its selection rate for non-free books is under one in five titles while for free books it picks almost one in four of the books submitted. Read more...

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Self-publish early for Christmas

If you’re thinking of joining the Christmas publishing list then you need to get a move on as several of the main ebook retailers and distributors are taking a break over the holiday period. Read more...

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Best-seller H M Ward quits Kindle Unlimited and calls for rethink after earnings plunge

The alarm bells are ringing for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited library service after best-selling author H M Ward pulled all her books out of KU and called for a rethink to the scheme after seeing her income plunge by 75% over two months despite getting a Kindle Select All Stars cash award for both months. Read more...

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The taxman cometh: how the new European tax swoop will hit authors

There’s an ebook price shock looming for authors and publishers across Europe in the New Year, with the major effect coming from a 20% charge which is being levied on all ebooks bought by readers in the UK, which is the biggest ebook market in Europe. Read more...

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Amazon bundles Kindle Unlimited with reading devices in Black Friday deals

In a discount frenzy for Black Friday, which seems to have turned into a week-long occasion, Amazon is bundling its reading devices with a six-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited. Read more...

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How the Sigma DP2 Quattro became the new King of the Compact Cameras

This is an article about a new camera, the Sigma Quattro DP2, but I’m going to start by putting it in context by recollecting an older camera. This older camera, which isn’t exactly an antique as it’s less than 20 years old, helped me to make photos so sharp that you can look at the transparencies with a loupe and lose yourself in the fantastic detail, falling into the scene with an almost 3D quality. Read more...