Author discontent grows as Kindle Unlimited enters its fifth month

1390640732_aa2ab2e743[1]When Kindle Unlimited launched in the US 4 months ago there were many questioning whether it was good or bad for authors, and if the chorus of complaints over the past few days are any indication then the answer will be no.

HM Ward kicked off the discussion on Friday when she revealed that she was pulling out of KDP Select, the program Amazon uses to funnel indie ebooks into Kindle Unlimited.  Continue reading

Kindle Unlimited Rumored to Launch in Brazil in Early 2015

1435372_394551098c_m[1]Amazon is expanding Kindle Unlimited in fits and starts, and a new rumor suggests that the next start will be in Brazil.

PublishNews Brazil posted a report that Amazon is negotiating with Brazilian publishers. Well, when is Amazon not negotiating with publishers, but in the case of this rumor Amazon is reportedly negotiating to sign publishers to Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading

Fictionaries are Custom Dictionaries for the Kindle

Picture7[1]Many readers like the way the Kindle's X-Ray feature adds extra details to the books they read, but it only works with ebooks bought in the Kindle Store. Those of us who like to buy ebooks elsewhere and sideload them can't use it, but luckily there is a solution.

I've just learned of a new startup called Fictionaries which uses the Kindle's proprietary dictionary ebook format to offer custom dictionaries. Readers can download a fictionary and install it as a dictionary on a Kindle or the Kindle app for iOS (this doesn't work with Android). Continue reading

Amazon Echo Speaks, But Cannot Read

amazon echoAmazon's awesome-looking new in-home digital concierge* can do a hundred and one things, including answer questions, stream music, and tell you that it's time for you to get a watch, but this blogger has learned that bibliophile might not be happy with some of the Echo's shortcomings.

I just got email from Amazon pr which shared the bad news that the Echo won't support streaming audiobooks, and it won't be able to read Kindle ebooks aloud. Continue reading

Kindle Voyage Ships Today in the UK, Germany

kindle voyage 5In case anyone wondered which were Amazon's most valuable markets, today's Kindle Voyage launch will tell you. Amazon's latest and greatest ebook reader shipped went up for pre-order today in Germany and the UK (but not the rest of Europe). The retail price price is £169 and 189 euros, and the first units are already arriving. The Voyage is already out of stock, and it's expected to ship in both markets on 8 December.

Those prices are for the Wifi models; the 3G-equipped models will set you back an additional 60 euros or £80. Continue reading