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  • 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

  • Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More

    Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More

    Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices. The update includes the new Word Wise feature that automatically shows definitions to difficult words above the within text on compatible titles, as well as Family Library, which lets you access not only your own books, but… Read More

  • Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors. In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will… Read More

  • The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

    In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    The Fire HD 7 is the latest in the long-running Fire line of LCD ereaders. Amazon has taken great pains to make this new model lighter, smaller, and more robust and, for my money, I’d say that this $139 reader is the best dedicated reader on the market, barring the e-ink Kindle line. Let’s look under the hood. Basics 7 inch 216 ppi 1280×800 pixel display 11.9 ounces Up to… Read More

  • Amazon Kindle Review: Touch Comes To The Entry-Level Reader

    Amazon Kindle Review: Touch Comes To The Entry-Level Reader

    Amazon has updated it entire tablet and e-reader line, and the new, basic, iconically-named Kindle runs just $79 to start, and ships with touchscreen controls and twice the storage of the previous generation, plus a faster processor for quicker page turns. It’s $10 more than the fifth-generation Kindle with hardware controls, however, and while it’s still the best e-reader for… Read More

  • Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon has launched a crowd-editing and -writing service called WriteOn into private beta. In an announcement on the Kindle Author Forums, the company said that the site would act as a “community where readers and writers come together around the creative process to make good stories great and great stories better.” You can try it now at https://writeon.amazon.com/ with the invite… Read More

  • Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids

    Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids

    Amazon released six new devices today with an eye on shipping them before the holiday season. The collection, which ranges from a new e-ink tablet called the Voyage to an 8.9-inch tablet that is lighter than the iPad Air and features Fire OS 4.0, an OS based on KitKat, is designed for reading, work and play. There’s also a new Kindle for kids that includes a $25 case and free… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Kindle Could Be Called “Voyage,” Offer High-Res Screen And Bezel Page-Turning

    Amazon’s New Kindle Could Be Called “Voyage,” Offer High-Res Screen And Bezel Page-Turning

    Amazon is almost certainly getting ready to push the launch button on its next-generation Kindle dedicated e-reader hardware, and new leaks from the site’s German and Japanese stores (via The Verge) reveal it will likely be called the Kindle Voyage, and sport a new high-res display and bezels that can be pressed to turn pages. The Voyage is slated for a November 4 release date, according… Read More

  • Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    Researchers Create A Kindle eBook That Can Hack Your Amazon Account

    A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an eBook file that run when the book is examined via Amazon’s Kindle tools. It seems to be closed as of this writing but it can… Read More

  • Amazon Doubles The Storage Of The Existing Kindle Paperwhite

    Amazon Doubles The Storage Of The Existing Kindle Paperwhite

    Amazon hasn’t introduced a splashy Kindle update this year, but the company did confirm to TechCrunch it has increased storage on its devices from 2GB to 4GB (of which a portion is dedicated to system software), meaning those who purchased the gadget since around last month or so are able to hold about twice the number of digital books on their devices. The boost was originally spotted… Read More

  • How To Save Books Crunch Network

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

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