Amazon boss Jeff Bezos reveals over 1,000 indie authors earned more than $100K through KDP in 2017

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s annual letter to shareholders is always a must-read and this year he discusses, among other things, the role of a handstand coach, the fact that Amazon Prime now has more than 100 million members and also reveals (almost in passing) that more than 1,000 independent authors earned over $100,000 through Kindle Direct Publishing in 2017 — that’s $100 million and counting. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited March 2018 KENP rate edges down to $0.0045

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for March 2018 showed a small fall to $0.0045 from $0.0046 in Feberuary while the KDP Select Global fund hit a new high of $21 million, $1 million up from February but only marginally above January’s $20.9 million. Read more...

Kindle Storyteller 2018 contest is opening for entries with £20,000 prize but titles must be published in ebook and print formats

The Kindle Storyteller UK 2018 contest is running for the second year in the UK with a grand cash prize of £20,000 plus a contract with Amazon Publishing but entries will have to be published as ebooks and print books. Read more...

KDP Print books can now use Amazon ads

Amazon has extended its advertising services for authors to cover paperback books published through KDP Print. Read more...

Over and out for Kindle Scout

‘Reader-powered’ publishing program Kindle Scout is shutting down after three and a half years in operation. Read more...

50 cups of coffee a day fuelled quiller thriller pace of writing

We all know that coffee is a writer’s best friend but the 19th Century French author Honoré de Balzac took his caffeine in startling amounts, drinking up to 50 cups a day. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for February 2018 rises by 4.5% to $0.0046

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for February 2018 showed its customary seasonal rise for the month to reach $0.0046 from $0.0044 in January. Read more...

Draft2digital adds Author Pages and Book Tabs to improve ebook discoverability

Leading ebook distributor Draft2digital has introduced two free new tools for authors to help their books reach a wider audience — Author Pages and Book Tabs. Read more...

Legimi looks for IPO cash to back expansion as smaller ebook subscription services gain traction

Polish firm Legimi is one of the surprising success stories among ebook subscription services which are thriving despite the looming shadow of the giant Kindle Unlimited and is planning an IPO to give it the financial backing to move into the German market. Read more...

BookBub adds cost-per-click to author advertising options

BookBub has widened its advertising platform for authors and publishers to cover cost-per-click (CPC) as well as cost per impressions (CPM) which was the sole choice originally. Read more...

Amazon updates Kindle Previewer to give bird’s-eye view of book layout with Enhanced Typesetting

Amazon has released a new version of its Kindle Previewer software which will now let you take an overall view of your layout featuring Enhanced Typesetting. Read more...

January 2018 Kindle Unlimited KENP rate falls to $0.0044 as seasonal reading rise puts pressure on fund

January is never a great month for the Kindle Unlimited KENP rate as post-Christmas reads rise sharply to put pressure on the overall fund and 2018 got off to a typical start with a rate of $0.0044, a 12% fall from $0.0050 in December, which was the highest KENP rate of 2017. Read more...

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