Barnes & Noble opens up new self-service advertising portal for indie authors

Barnes & Noble has become the second major ebook retailer to offer independent authors a self-serve advertising portal. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2018 falls back but annual total paid out by KDP Select fund rises by 20%

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2018 fell back to $0.0048 after hitting a two-year high of $0.0052 in November as the KDP Select Global fund again rose by $100,000 to $23.7 million from $23.6 million. Read more...

Library digital loans leapt by 22% in 2018 as audiobooks continued to outpace ebooks

Leading ebook library distributor Rakuten OverDrive says public library spending and usage of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines rocketed by 22% in 2018 with more than over 274 million digital books issued to cardholders. Read more...

Self-publishing star L J Ross sets up £2,500 crime fiction prize

One of the biggest stars of the self-publishing world is sponsoring a new crime fiction award celebrating the area where she has set her best-selling books Read more...

How to run a top-performing ad on BookBub

It’s not often you get to discover other authors’ click-through rates for advertising but BookBub has set out a selection of the most successful self-serve display ads on its platform over the past year. Read more...

Ireland leads way in cutting tax on ebooks in Europe but there’s a catch

The Republic of Ireland has reduced VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks from 23% to 9%, effective from January 1, 2019. Read more...

Amazon adds ebook gifting to Kindle UK store

Amazon has finally added the ability to gift Kindle books in the UK, which could come in handy if you need to give someone a late festive present. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for November 2018 leaps to a two-year high of $0.0052

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for November 2018 rose by 8% to hit a two-year high of $0.0052 from $0.0048 in October, while the KDP Select Global fund rose by its customary $100,000 to $23.6 million from $23.5 million. Read more...

Wattpad sees a year of growing diversity in stories

Wattpad says it is breaking new ground in literary representation and creating a safe space online for marginalized voices and their stories as the site has seen growing support for social engagement and diversity during 2018. Read more...

Back to the backlist as crime author Faith Martin sells over a million Hillary Greene ebooks in a year

British crime author Faith Martin has sold more than one million copies of her Detective Inspector Hillary Greene novels over the past year. Read more...

Amazon’s Alexa powering boom in audiobooks

Amazon’s Alexa Echo devices are behind a big uptake in audiobook reading during 2018 with J K Rowling’s Harry Potter titles amassing a total of 393 million minutes listened to on Echo devices. Read more...

December 7 is cut-off point for ‘wide’ distribution on ebooks for Christmas and New Year

Ebook distributor Draft2digital is warning indie authors to submit their new titles by Friday, December 7 to ensure their books are published in time for Christmas. Read more...

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