Kobo builds Australian ebook and audiobook alliance with Booktopia

Kobo has teamed up with Australia’s biggest online bookseller Booktopia in a link-up that sees Kobo become Booktopia’s exclusive digital reading partner, offering ebooks, audiobooks and e-readers to Booktopia’s Australian customers. Read more...

Ebook sales and online print book orders soaring as educational books get big lift in lockdown

Ebook sales have risen significantly during the current coronavirus lockdown while print book sales initially fell as bookshops closed but online print orders to bookshops have since experienced a sharp increase. Read more...

PublishDrive adds audiobook streaming service Storytel to its channels

Ebook distributor PublishDrive has added audiobook and ebook streaming service Storytel to its list of channels. Read more...

Stock photo deal offers 100 images for $80

Leading stock photography site Deposit Photos is running a great offer at present with a deal of 100 images for $80, representing a massive saving on the usual price of $299. Read more...

Audible opens new free site to stream children’s audiobooks internationally as schools close during the coronavirus crisis

With schools closing during the coronavirus pandemic, Audible has set up Stories.Audible.com where ‘anyone, in any country, can enjoy unlimited streaming of hundreds of titles for kids and families for free’. Read more...

BookExpo 2020 postponed in shift to July

BookExpo 2020 has been called off for its original dates in May and rescheduled to be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York from July 22-24. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for February 2020 edges up as fund falls back

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for February 2020 showed a small rise to $0.0045 from $0.0044 in January while the KDP Select fund for February 2020 fell back by $1 million to $27.2 million from $28.2 million in January 2020. Read more...

UK will finally axe tax on ebooks but not until December 2020

The UK has finally moved to axe VAT on ebooks and digital newspapers and magazines but the 20% cut won’t happen until December 1, 2020. Read more...

The Wattys 2020 Awards aim to help writers to complete a novel

The Wattys 2020 have changed direction this year to become a year-long event with the aim of helping writers to complete a novel. Read more...

SelfPubCon Spring 2020 focuses on power of indie publishing

The London Book Fair might be cancelled but The Self-Publishing Advice Conference, which is usually scheduled to tie in with the major book fairs, is going ahead with a stellar line-up set to appear online on Saturday, March 14. Read more...

London Book Fair 2020 cancelled after exodus of big publishers

The London Book Fair 2020 has been cancelled less than a week before it was scheduled to start after big publishing firms pulled out of the event. Read more...

IngramSpark bans low-content journals, summaries and classic ‘clutter’ to clean up catalog

Print book distributor IngramSpark are banning low-content books such as notebooks and journals, summary books and any books that mirror popular titles. Read more...

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