Amazon Boosts KDP Select Pool to $5 Million, Adds KDP Select All-Stars Bonus On Top

9669156210_367b5e330e[1]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

Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors

kindle itunes logoWith 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

Amazon is Now Beta Testing an Automated Cover Generator for Kindle eBooks

kindle cover generatorThe 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

Amazon Expands 70% Royalty Option to Japan, Brazil – But There’s a Catch

kdp-amazon[1]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