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 still has yet to reveal how many Kindle users have signed up for Kindle Unlimited, but if the KDP Select fund is any indication then the subscriber base must be growing at a steady clip.
Amazon announced in the monthly KDP newsletter today that they were boosting the monthly pool for a second time: Continue reading
With no fanfare or official announcement, earlier today Amazon quietly gave indie authors a sales feature some had been requesting for the past several years.
According to a new page in the KDP help section, authors and publishers who distribute their works through Amazon's publishing portal can now elect to put their next work up for pre-order. Amazon asks them to first upload a draft copy of the work, and promises that Amazon will "publish a product detail page for it within 24 hours of approval". It's not clear what Amazon means by approval, but I have confirmed with an author that this is for real. Continue reading
Earlier this month Amazon added a new beta program to their ebook publishing platform. KDP Pricing Support takes the guess work out of pricing a new ebook by offering authors and publishers predictions on how many copies would be sold at a given price. Continue reading
There's a frightening what-if nightmare going around indie publishing circles this week. It's scaring the children, giving many heart palpitations, but actually has very little chance of ever happening.
The "sky is falling" scenario originated over at KBoards, where one author wrote: Continue reading
There is a report over on KBoards earlier this week that Amazon might be about to adopt a new minimum word count for ebooks sold in the Kindle Store.
According to the email that one author received, Amazon is going to remove ebooks that are less than 2,500 words long. Continue reading
Amazon has release their quarterly statement today, and buried in among the generally good financial news were a few dribblets of info about the Kindle. Continue reading
The cover image for an ebook is important to its success, but it's also a rather difficult skill to master. Not everyone has the artistic skills to design a good cover, but in the not too distant future that will no longer be a problem.
There's been no announcement from Amazon, but I have just learned that they are working on a new tool that will help self-pub authors make book covers cheaply, cleanly, and well.
A reader sent me this screen shot earlier today: Continue reading
Here's an old piece of news that appears to have gone unreported (I missed it at the time, at least).
Remember when Amazon launched the Kindle Store in India, and then started offering the 70% royalty option for any KDP ebooks sold there? That deal came with a catch; in addition to certain pricing restrictions authors and publishers could only take the better terms if they also agreed to put their ebooks into KDP Select and give Amazon an exclusive on the ebooks. Continue reading
Amazon put out a press release in the UK today that talks up the success a few authors are having in self-publishing their ebooks via Amazon KDP. They're boasting about details like 15 of the top 100 best selling ebooks were self-published titles, and: Continue reading