First reported last week, the service is only available in select parts of Manhattan (map), and only to Amazon Prime subscribers. For a mere $8 a Prime member can pay to get one of tens of thousands of items (including books) delivered within an hour. Continue reading
Macmillan CEO John Sargent has just revealed in a public letter posted on Tor.com that Macmillan has signed a deal with its biggest ebook customer and will soon be dabbling in the subscription ebook market.
To start, the ebook deal was signed last week, and while we have less than complete info Sargent did say that: Continue reading
Over on his blog, Rick Chapman lays out an argument in which he proves that Amazon, much to everyone's surprise, is acting in its own best interest in setting the pricing policies in the Kindle Store. Continue reading
in the KDP monthly newsletter yesterday that the KDP Select payment was still disappointingly low. With the payment per loan still only $1.39, authors are wondering whether KDP Select in particular, and Amazon's subscription ebook service in general, are such a great idea.
Amazon rolled out a new update for its Kindle iOS app today. The update doesn't add many major new features, but it is going to make it a lot easier to find your next read from inside the Kindle app. Continue reading
Amazon strives to always be responsive to customer requests, but they also like to reduce costs by making their staff stick to scripts whenever possible, and sometimes this can result in absurd situations.
They're not simple enough. Continue reading
Since this is a single combined list for both print and digital, there's not much of a chance that you'll find indie titles on it. The market is still primarily print, which is still dominated by traditional publishers. In fact there is but a single indie title on this list: The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige. Continue reading
Local sources are reporting that Kindle Unlimited launched today in Brazil and France. Readers in those two countries can now subscribe and pay Amazon 10 euros or 19.90 reals per month for access to a catalog of over 700,000 titles, although given the limited number of local titles I am not sure they will want to do so. Continue reading
Geek.com reported yesterday that Amazon has the same piracy problem as many content services:
It would appear as though Amazon has a problem with author accounts being used to steal books and resell them under another name, as Kindle Direct Publishing users discover a single author with 37 titles under their belt. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that the author labeled as the creator of the ebook had absolutely nothing to do with its creation. Continue reading