Could the Kindle Textbook Creator Cause Amazon to Revisit KDP Royalties?

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When Amazon released the Kindle Textbook Creator earlier this week indie authors and publishers were thrilled and disappointed in equal measure, and more than a few had their hopes raised. Indies were thrilled to get a tool which would enable them to make the PDF-ish Kindle Print Replica format which Amazon had been selling since August ...

Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Makes PDF eBooks Which Can’t Be Read on a Kindle

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For the past three years Amazon has sold a particular type of Kindle format called Kindle Print Replica. This is basically a PDF file wrapped in a Kindle ebook file, and it offers many of the benefits of PDFs (fixed layout, graphics, charts, discrete page numbers). Today Amazon launched a new tool to let authors and educators ...

Overstock to Take on Amazon With Streaming Video Service

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Overstock.com must love Amazon. Amazon's smaller and scrappier rival announced today that they are going to launch a video on demand service as well as a streaming video service later this year. Speaking at the NATPE conference, Overstock CEO Patrick M. Byrne told the audience that the service is ...

Amazon’s “Trick” With Prices Isn’t Exactly New

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Last week Re/code uncovered Amazon's dastardly secret for getting and and keeping customers, only it's not a secret so much as it is standard operating procedure for mid to large retailers. Based on a report from a new market analysis firm Boomerang, Re/Code reported: The study of Amazon’s pricing uncovered some interesting tactics. First, Amazon doesn’t have ...

Kindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles

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Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. Russ Grandinetti revealed at the DBW conference last week that author revenues for titles in Kindle Unlimited were up, with the ...

Russ Grandinetti: Consumers Spend More on eBooks After Joining Kindle Unlimited

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The highlight of the second day of the DBW conference would have to be Russ Grandinetti, the Amazon VP of Kindle Content. Grandinetti didn't share a lot of solid details during the half hour interview, but he did speculate that Amazon might consider different pricing models for different types of ebooks (fiction vs nonfiction, for example). He ...