Kindle Unlimited breaks through $1 billion total paid out to authors as KENP rate for July 2019 falls back

The total paid out to authors by Kindle Unlimited through the KDP Select Global Fund has broken through the $1 billion mark five years after the KU subscription scheme started, with the total sum now standing at $1,011,135,000 ($1.011 billion). Read more...

Audiobooks a billion as sales soar again by 24%

The audiobook business in the US hit close to $1 billion in sales in 2018, an increase of 24.5% from the previous year. Read more...

Dean Koontz Devoted to Amazon Publishing as it spends big again in ‘rejuvenating’ five-book deal

Amazon Publishing has signed up smash-hit horror best-seller Dean Koontz in a deal which the author says has ‘creatively rejuvenated’ him. Read more...

Rom at the top — self-published authors succeed at RWA’s RITA Romance Awards

Five indie authors have won Romance Writers of America RITA Awards this year and 23 indie writers were among the finalists. Read more...

Indie authors and publishers have strong showing on new Amazon Charts for UK and Germany

Two self-publishing pioneers take the top two spots in the first Amazon Charts Most Sold for the UK while another indie author leads the way on the first German Charts. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for June 2019 sticks at same level for third consecutive month

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for June 2019 stayed at the same level of $0.0046 for the third consecutive month while the KDP Select Global fund for June 2019 went up by $300,000 to $24.9 million from $24.6 million in May. Read more...

BookBub Ads will now show comparative performance statistics for multiple target authors

BookBub has added an extra layer of performance statistics to its advertising platform. Read more...

PD Abacus calculates royalty splits for co-authored books

Ebook distributor PublishDrive has released a new tool called PD Abacus which allows writers and publishers to calculate royalty-splitting on co-authored books. Read more...

Prime video production deal with $10,000 advance added to Kindle Storyteller 2019 incentives

Amazon have added an extra incentive for writers to enter the 2019 UK Kindle Storyteller contest with the chance of an Amazon Prime video production of their book plus an advance payment of $10,000 to add to the £20,000 cash award for the Storyteller winner. Read more...

10 Years of The Wattys — 2019 Awards offer fast track to Wattpad Paid Stories

Wattpad are celebrating 10 years of The Watty Awards in 2019 and will be offering winners the chance to be fast-tracked into the Wattpad Paid Stories scheme. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May 2019 sticks at $0.0046 as KDP Select fund rises by $500,000

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for May 2019 stayed at the same level of $0.0046 that was paid out in April while the KDP Select Global fund went up by $500,000 to $24.6 million from $24.1 million in April. Read more...

StreetLib speeds up expansion of global ebook distribution network

Ebook aggregator StreetLib says it has completed the first phase of its global expansion programme six months ahead of schedule. Read more...

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