Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2019 rises as payout trend stays steady

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for April 2019 rose to $0.0046 from $0.0045 in March while the KDP Select Global fund went up by $100,000 to $24.1 million from $24 million in March. Read more...

Google Play disses disties and tells indie authors they’ve got to go direct

Google Play has updated its service for self-published authors and is now insisting that all authors and publishers must have a direct account with Google. Read more...

Kobo Plus ebook subscription service switches to paying authors on the basis of ‘minutes consumed’

Kobo has shifted author payments on its ebook subscription service Kobo Plus from a rate based on list price for each time a book is read to a system built on ‘minutes consumed’. Read more...

KDP Pen to Publish contest in India picks six winners in second year of self-publishing awards

The second Kindle Direct Publishing Pen to Publish self-publishing contest in India has announced the winners of the six categories in this year’s competition. Read more...

Amazon’s Montlake Romance imprint snaps up self-publishing pioneer in million-dollar deal

Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance imprint has signed a seven-figure deal with former self-published erotica author Sylvia Day. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for March 2019 edges down while KDP fund shows first-quarter rise of 16.5% on 2018

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for March 2019 fell back to $0.0045 from $0.0047 in February with the KDP Select Global fund increasing to $24 million from $23.5 million in February. Read more...

Amazon offers new advertising reports and auto-targeting options

Amazon Advertising is now offering five downloadable reports for authors and publishers to view ad campaign data on keywords, products and placements, and has added targeting options when using auto targeting on ads. Read more...

Pre-orders on Amazon KDP no longer require initial uploaded file

Kindle Direct Publishing has dropped the requirement to upload a manuscript as soon as you create a pre-order for an ebook. Read more...

Ingram Spark raises book printing prices

Self-publishing specialist IngramSpark has increased print pricing by 2% from April 1, 2019 for all trim sizes, print formats, color, paper, and binding types in the US, UK and Europe due to significant increases in print and manufacturing costs within the print industry as a whole. Read more...

Scribd Originals aiming at gap between magazine articles and full-length books

Ebook subscription service Scribd has become the latest platform to venture into publishing their own books. Read more...

Medium goes Big with first published book

Content platform Medium is moving into the book business with The Big Disruption, a novel by ex-Google communications vice-president Jessica Powell. Read more...

Smashing title wins new Selfies award for indie writers

A new award for self-published writers has picked Smash All The Windows by Jane Davis as its first winner from a short list of eight titles. Read more...

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