Biggest monthly rise for Kindle Unlimited payout fund in January 2020

Kindle Unlimited saw the biggest-ever monthly increase in the KDP Select fund for January 2020 as the fund rose by $2m to $28.2 million from $26.2 million in December 2019. Read more...

Indie romance authors stay strong in best-selling lists

There’s a strong showing from indie romance authors on the Kindle best-sellers list this week (February 15, 2020) amid the cascade of Amazon Publishing releases. Read more...

Self-Publishing Advice Conference set for first online event of the year

The Self-Publishing Advice Conference is all set for the first major event of the year with the Online Author Conference on Saturday, March 14 to tie in with the London Book Fair. Read more...

Penguin Random House pull digital books from subscription services as Bertelsmann take control

Penguin Random House are withdrawing their titles from digital book subscription platforms following the takeover of the company by German publishing giant Bertelsmann in December 2019. Read more...

Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2019 falls back as KDP Select Fund annual total tops $300 million

The Kindle Unlimited KENP rate for December 2019 fell back to $0.0046 from $0.0049 in November while the KDP Select Global Fund for December 2019 again rose by $100,000 to $26.2 million. Read more...

Bookouture founder Oliver Rhodes quitting to set up new publishing firm

Bookouture founder Oliver Rhodes is quitting as Chief Executive of the company two years after selling Bookouture to Hachette and is planning to set up a new publishing business. Read more...

Over a quarter of Kobo book sales worldwide are for indie authors

Indie authors account for at least one in four of the titles sold by Kobo in their major markets over the last year and the firm says this is a growing trend worldwide. Read more...

More European countries cut tax rate on ebooks

More European governments have now slashed the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) on ebooks following Germany’s tax reduction in December last year. Read more...

Audiobooks again lead the way as digital library lending reaches new high

Public library lending of digital books hit a new high in 2019 of 326 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines — a 20% overall rise compared with the previous year. Read more...

The Sinister secrets of successful advertising on BookBub

BookBub have just revealed the ‘most successful BookBub Ads campaigns’ from the past year, which is always fascinating as you don’t often get to see the inside facts and figures on other people’s campaigns. Read more...

Kobo owner Rakuten sells off library ebook platform OverDrive to investment firm in Christmas deal

Kobo owner Rakuten has sold off its library distribution platform OverDrive to global investment firm KKR in a surprise deal concluded on Christmas Eve. Read more...

Amazon Advertising adds France, Italy and Spain for KDP authors

Amazon has now added France, Italy and Spain to the list of countries covered by its advertising scheme for KDP authors. Read more...

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