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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...

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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...