Non-fiction and romance faring well as ebook sales continue to rise

Lockdowns around the world continued to see digital book sales increase during April as ebook distributor PublishDrive reports that its online book sales rose by 23% in April compared with March. Read more...

Food for thought with cookbooks winning KDP Pen to Publish awards

Cookbooks took the top prizes in the latest Kindle Direct Pen to Publish Contest (2019) which received more than 10,000 entries this year from a very wide range of self-publishing authors. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2020 falls as total reads soar and KDP fund smashes through $30 million mark

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2020 fell to $0.0042, down from $0.0046 in March while the KDP Select fund for March 2020 rose strongly to a record high of $30.3 million from $29 million in March 2020. Read more...

Apple Books for Authors finally opens doors to PC users

It’s been a long time coming but Apple Books for Authors has now launched and allows non-Mac users to publish directly to Apple Books. Read more...

Amazon cuts minimum ebook price in UK as VAT is scrapped on digital publishing

The UK government has ‘fast-tracked’ its plan to end VAT on ebooks and digital newspapers and the rate of tax has now been slashed from 20% to  zero from May 1, 2020. Read more...

Amazon cuts KDP ebook minimum prices for eurozone countries

Amazon has reduced the minimum price that authors have to set for ebooks on Kindle Direct Publishing for European Union marketplaces. Read more...

Lockdown sends ebook sales into OverDrive

The coronavirus lockdown has boosted ebook sales and one of the channels showing the biggest rise is library distributor OverDrive. Read more...

Barnes & Noble reverses author payment delays for indie disties and pays out early for March

Barnes & Noble has restored ebook distributors to its regular payment schedule after paying late for February and bringing in a policy of 90-day payment delays. Read more...

Kindle Storyteller UK Award 2020 opens for entries with £20,000 prize again as last year’s winner advises to look for the hook in your book

The Kindle Storyteller UK Award 2020 opens for entries from May 1, 2020 and is paying out a top prize of £20,000 again. This is the fourth year for the award which has become a well-established highlight of the year for indie authors. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP payout fund for March 2020 shows 21% annual rise as lockdown onset sees readers turn to ebooks

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for March 2020 was $0.0046, up from $0.0045 in February and $0.0044 in January, while the KDP Select fund for March 2020 saw a monthly increase of 6.6% to $29 million from $27.2 million in February 2020. Read more...

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...

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