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

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for June 2016

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...

Flipping Amazon takes a running jump with Page Flip to navigate Kindle ebooks and ‘improve’ on print books

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Amazon has introduced Page Flip, a new way to navigate Kindle ebooks while always saving your place, in a move the firm says ‘improves’ on the experience of reading print books. Read more...

The Wattys 2016 are now open with a range of new categories

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Wattpad’s Wattys 2016 is now open for entries and there’s a wide range of new categories. Read more...

Pixel of Ink shuts ebook promotion site

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Pixel of Ink, one of the leading Kindle ebook promotion websites, has closed down. The site has been running for six years but seems to have been hit by a recent Amazon crackdown on affiliates. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May edges down to $0.0046 while KDP Select fund rises to new high of $15.3 million

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The Kindle Unlimited payout to authors for May showed a small fall to $0.0046 per KENP from $0.0048 in April although the KDP Global Select fund rose to a record high of $15.3 million. Read more...

The Wattys 2016 are coming

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It’s official — The Wattys 2016 are coming. Wattpad has finally announced that full details of this year’s much anticipated Wattys will be revealed next week on June 20 and says there will be new awards. Read more...

It’s transfer time as Waterstones moves ebook customers to Kobo

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UK bookshop chain Waterstones is now starting the official transfer of its ebook customers to Kobo. Waterstones is the latest firm to pull out of the ebook market and if you have an account with them you should be getting an email which sets out the steps you need you take. Read more...

Self-published romcom gets Hallmark movie premiere

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A self-published romcom novel that has been made into a movie is getting its debut TV airing on the Hallmark channel this weekend. Read more...

Kobo owner Rakuten retreats from UK

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Multinational conglomerate Rakuten, which owns the Kobo ebook operation, is shutting its marketplace website in the UK which sells print books as well as a range of other products. Read more...

Children’s book crowdfunding campaign raises nearly $750,000

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A children’s book project which launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter with the target of raising £40,000 has smashed through that figure to hit the astonishing total of nearly $750,000 from a total of well over 14,000 backers. Read more...

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