Earlier this week I submitted my crime novel, The Invisible Hand, to the Kindle Scout program. Within 24 hours, after vetting my manuscript, cover and description, Amazon gave me the green light for a campaign to start on Oct. 28. For those not in the know about Kindle Scout, Nate did a great job of summing it up when it launched last week. Continue reading
When I first reported on the new Kindle Voyage earlier this week I mentioned that the Voyage was running the same software as the Paperwhite. it turns out that is not entirely correct. While the two Kindles use what looks like the same web browser, the software running underneath the UI is not even close to being the same.
At the request of a reader, I spent some time yesterday playing with both Kindles, testing the web browsers, and I can report that the Voyage has the much better web browser. It’s enough better that I sincerely hope that the Paperwhite gets it in an update otherwise this could be a strong selling point for the Voyage. Continue reading
Many in publishing were surprised Monday night when news broke that Amazon had signed a new contract with Simon & Schuster. What few details are publicly available for the deal suggest that it is a modified version of agency, which surprised pundits just as much as the fact that the deal was signed two months before the old contract expired. Continue reading
With only 5 links, there’s not much to read this morning, but the demise of another boutique digital publisher, Chuck Wendig’s guid on how to respond to a bad review, the Passive Guy’s take on Hachette post S&S-Amazon, and the other links are all worth reading.
- Atavist Books to close up shop (LA Times)
- Five Ways To Respond To A Negative Review: A Helpful Guide! (terribleminds: chuck wendig)
- Hachette and Authors United are in a box (The Passive Voice)
- Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why? (David Kudler)
- What would make an Amazon competitor competitive? (TeleRead)
Amazon’s crowd-sourcing program opened its doors to authors last week, and a new report tells me that it will soon be open to readers as well.
Benjamin Sobieck wrote on his blog earlier today that his latest crime novel, The Invisible Hand, was accepted into the Kindle Scout program today. He reports that it took Amazon less than 24 hours to accept his work and assign a start date for his campaign. The Invisible Hand will be posted for readers to rate and review on 28 October. Continue reading
That question has sparked numerous arguments on the web, and next week it’s going to be the inspiration for a live debate. New America, in collaboration with Future Tense, will be holding a debate next Wednesday in NYC.
The Kindle Voyage got mixed reviews from the early reviewers, but even before those reviews came out this ereader was back-ordered on Amazon.com. The current expected ship date is some time in November, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait days or weeks to get one. Continue reading
Bleeding Cool reports that iVerse was showing off a new app last week at NY Comicon that BC is describing as the iTunes of digital comics. Not only will the app support the digital comics sold by iVerse, it will also support CBZ and CBR formats. Continue reading