Kindle

  • Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Expands Globally, Remains English-Only

    Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Expands Globally, Remains English-Only

    While Amazon expands into new areas like food delivery, the e-commerce giant has continued to look at ways of expanding its original, legacy business of selling books. In the latest development, the company announced that Kindle Scout, the company’s crowdsourced publishing platform that launched in October 2014 in the U.S., is going global. Amazon says that authors in… Read More

  • Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited Launches In India

    Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s “all-you-can-read” subscription service, is now available in India. Pricing currently starts at 99 rupees (about $1.50) for a one-month plan, though that will increase to 199 rupees at the end of this month. Read More

  • Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers actually read the books they downloaded as part of the Kindle Unlimited service writers have gone into an absolute tizzy over what’s fair and not fair and what it means to get paid for… Read More

  • Kindle’s Sharing Features Now Support Messaging Apps, Plus Web-Based Book Previews

    Kindle’s Sharing Features Now Support Messaging Apps, Plus Web-Based Book Previews

    Kindle e-book reader owners will now have a new way to socialize with their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The change is indicative of the trend toward private sharing as the preferred means of connecting with friends, versus larger, more public social media platforms like Facebook… Read More

  • Kindle Announces New $119 Paperwhite E-Reader With A Font That’s Easy On The Eyes

    Kindle Announces New $119 Paperwhite E-Reader With A Font That’s Easy On The Eyes

    Amazon has just announced the availability of a new $119 Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. It also includes a backlight and is available with or without cellular data and Amazon’s… Read More

  • Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon wants parents to buy Kindles for their children and is today launching a discounted “Kindle for Kids Bundle” to encourage them to do so. This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three… Read More

  • With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares from India to Indiana. They can raise an army of fans to crowdfund their latest opus. But all is not rosy in the world of indie publishing. The tools – the things that were supposed to turn us… Read More

  • Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell and total profit dropped 5.6% at S&S and approximately 12% for RPH. The potential culprits? A lack of blockbuster books and low ebook sales. While ebooks sales are still dwarfed by paperback and hardback sales, publishers are now seeing even less revenue from… Read More

  • Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Nielsen Shows Kindle Unlimited Users Buy More Books

    Amazon has been unsurprisingly reticent about sharing data about their Kindle Unlimited program, a subscription system that lets you download ostensibly free ebooks, mostly from Indie authors. Nielsen research is showing that users who subscribed to Kindle Unlimited spend more on books in general, on a monthly basis, than those who do not. Nate Hoffelder has done a bit of analysis and saw… Read More

  • Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

    When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously. Read More

  • Penguin Hatches A Cloud Reader For Pelican Books

    Penguin Hatches A Cloud Reader For Pelican Books

    Penguin Books has launched a cloud reader for its resurrected Pelican educational imprint — to experiment with delivering e-books in the browser. It likely hasn’t passed you by that traditional book publishers aren’t having the best of times these days. Indeed, when it comes to reading you could say it is the best of times and the worst of times. Read More

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