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 ...

Japanese Govt Moves Forward with Plan to Tax Foreign Retailers

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Here's a bit of news for authors and publishers who sell direct. For the past year or so the Japanese government has been exploring the idea of requiring foreign retailers to Japanese consumption tax on digital good sold to Japanese consumers, and now they're moving forward: Under the envisaged system, digital media sold by vendors whose headquarters are ...

Macmillan Signs New eBook Contract with Amazon

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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: Late last week Macmillan reached ...

Zoella Ghostwriter Siobhan Curham Comments on Controversy: “I did not write Girl Online to get rich or famous”

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After having been outed a couple weeks ago by an online forum as the real author of Youtube star Zoella's novel, Siobhan Curham took to her blog yesterday to remark on the abuse she has received ever since the story blew up earlier this week. Starting with the caveat that her contract prohibits her from getting into specifics, ...

Youtube Star Zoella Sugg’s Debut Novel was Written in 6 Weeks – by Someone Else

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After circulating in forums and book blogs for a couple weeks, the news officially broke over the weekend that Youtube star Zoella's debut novel might not be entirely her own work. Or at least that is what Zoella and her publisher are saying; I am reasonably convinced that Zoella didn't write the book, and that this statement from ...