Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning. Waterstones is going to stop pretending to be an indie bookseller. Authors are suing Cengage over its textbook subscription service. There's only one reason for signing with a legacy publisher: ego. How authors can comply with Europe's new privacy rules. "All kittens are born on the same day", and other ways people have misinterpreted books.
The third largest ebook market in the world continued to grow in April 2018. Amazon announced on Tuesday that the funding pool increased to $21.2 million in April, up from $21 million in March.At the same time the per-page rate rose to $0.00456 from $0.00449 in March and $0.00466 in February 2018. US: $0.0046 (USD) UK: £0.0035 (GBP) Germany: €0.0031 (EUR) Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy: €0.0045 (EUR) Canada: $0.0046 (CAD) Brazil: R$ 0.0109 (BRL) Japan, Mexico, Australia, Canada, India: unknown Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month. July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month) August 2014: $4.7 million September 2014: $5 million October 2014: $5.5 million November 2014: $6.5 million December 2014: $7.25 million January 2015 - $8.5 million February 2015: $8 million March 2015: $9.3 million April 2015: $9.8 million May 2015: $10.8 million June 2015: $11.3 million July 2015: $11.5 million August 2015: $11.8 million September 2015: $12 million October 2015: $12.4 million November 2015: $12.7 million December 2015: $13.5 million January 2016: $15 million February 2016: $14 million March 2016: $14.9 million April 2016: $14.9 million May 2016: $15.3 million June 2016: $15.4 million July 2016: $15.5 million August 2016: $15.8 million September 2016: $15.9 million [...]
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Anyone who does a lot of typing on the go would be wise to invest in either a cheap foldable BT keyboard (to pair with a phablet) or a slightly more expensive Chromebook. But if you have a lot of money to spare, you might want to consider a Pomera E-ink typewriter. This is a line of super-portable devices with decent-sized keyboards, E-ink screens, and long battery life that you can fit in a pocket and get it out to write whenever you need it. The Japanese gadget maker King Jim has been selling Pomera devices for several years in Japan, and now the company is launching a crowd-funding campaign to bring its newest model to the US market. King Jim is launching the DM30 in the US, where they are calling it simply the Pomera. It features a 6" E-ink screen and a Japanese style folding 78-key keyboard. Screen resolution is a paltry 800 x 600 pixel display, but on the upside it does have 8GB of storage and an SD card slot, and it is powered by a couple AA batteries that are specced to provide 20 hours of runtime. It does not have Wifi, but you can move files off via [...]
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Social media is so important that we have posted not one but two infographics. The first focused just on image sizes for the more popular social networks, but the second covers many useful details In addition to sizing specs, it also includes keyboard shortcuts and tips for posting on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The infographic highlights tools that complement each social platform, and it also includes the best times of the day to post and trends marketers should expect in social media. Click on the infographic to embiggen. via Marketing Profs
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Tea is a French ereader startup that has gotten little attention outside of France, and it is about time that changed. This several year old startup recently signed a deal to provide the DRM used on a German library ebook platform. This DRM will also shortly be added to Tolino's ereaders so they will be compatible with the library ebooks. But first, let's have some Tea. Tea has built its own ebook retail platform with 500,000 titles and supports it with apps as well as ereaders. Its partners include a double handful of French retailers as well as Youscribe, the French ebook subscription service, and HarperCollins France, who uses Tea's platform to run its ebookstore (this is part of the Big 5 publisher's plan to fracture the market, and thus limit ebook vsales). One reason Tea came across my desk today was that their ereaders are rebranded Pocketbook hardware running a custom firmware. Tea's ereaders include the Pocketbook Touch Lux 3, Touch HD, and the Ultra, aka the worst ereader ever made. Tea's devices kept the original model names, but not the branding. They also gained a new type of DRM. It's called Care, and is based on the DRM developed for [...]
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Here are a few stories to read this Wednesday morning. Sigil has a new accessibility plugin. What's the better reading app for Windows 10.(their site is broken) Finland has some ugly-ass library buildings. An ode to notebooks.
Word is percolating through several different parts of the indie author community tonight that Amazon is going shut down Kindle Worlds, its fan fiction publishing unit, just before KW's fifth anniversary Several of my sources are comments left on KBoards, where author Jim Johnson wrote earlier today: Heard in a couple places that Kindle Worlds is closing down. If true, it's too bad, but not surprising. I've had an eye on it for a while but it never seemed to be well-managed. And the lack of metrics available to authors seemed problematic. Apparently Amazon has told the authors who own their respective Kindle Worlds, but has not yet told KW contributors or the public that the program will close completely in July. Another of my sources found me privately through FB, and cannot be named. That source told me that the official notice will go out tomorrow, which is apparently not true because Lindsay Buroker got the word a few hours ago: Ack, just got an email that Amazon is closing Kindle Worlds. — Lindsay Buroker (@GoblinWriter) May 16, 2018 Launched in May 2013, Kindle Worlds was the part of Amazon's publishing unit that focused on publishing tie-in stories for existing [...]
Finding the right niche / genre / keywords to market your book, and then parsing the sales data once your ebook is on the market, can mean the difference between a best-seller book and one no one has ever heard of. The following post details a couple lists of tools that authors can use to target their books through market research, and then track ebook sales once the books are for sale. This list includes all the tools I could find in a thorough search, but if you know of a tool not listed please mention it in the comments. Market Research The first step in publishing a best-selling book is finding out what is selling, and the following tools can help you with that. They can parse Kindle Store rankings and tell you which genres are selling how many copies, what the best-selling books have in their descriptions, and commonly used keywords. Name Cost Review Details KDP Analytics free to $30 per month n\a Analyzes books in the Kindle Store, and tells you what is selling and why. Can use current market data to predict your sales, royalties and profit. Kindle Spy (KD Spy) $47 n\a See above, can [...]
Share buttons for social media such as Facebook and Twitter are a great way to grow your audience organically and let your readers support your work by sharing it their social media networks. The buttons are so popular that dozens of companies like AddtoAny offer plugins that make it easy to add share buttons to a website (mailing list services like Mailchimp offer a similar feature in their campaign editors). Those pre-made share buttons are useful, yes, but have you ever considered taking things to the next level by crafting your own custom share buttons? I am currently developing a newsletter based on my Tech Tools for Authors post series (you can sign up here), and one thing I decided I wanted to do was add custom share links that referenced my website. Mailchimp doesn't quite offer the feature I want, so I went looking for a solution, and found it. Both Facebook and Twitter offer easy ways for you to make a shareable link for your readers to click, and Twitter even makes it easy for you to choose the text snippet and hashtags for your reader to share with their friends on the social network. If you can [...]
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Kobo's newest ereader isn't scheduled to ship until the end of the month, but Notebook Italia finding a leaked product listing on an Italian retailer's website just rendered the press embargo moot. The cat is truly out of the bag, but I am still under an embargo so I can't tell you everything. The Kobo Clara HD is a new 6" ereader with a touchscreen and color-changing frontlight on top of 300 PPI Carta E-ink screen. Weighing in at 166 grams, the Clara HD measures 8.4 mm thin. Under the hood you will find 8GB of storage, Wifi, and a 1.5Ah battery, but you will not find BT or a card slot. All in all, the specs suggest that this is a nice upgrade to Kobo's existing 6" ereader, but it doesn't wow me - mostly because I don't care for the Clara HD's stand out feature, its color-changing frontlight. If you do like it and have been wanting to get the new frontlight on a pocketable ereader then you are going to be very happy in just a few weeks. The Clara HD will sell for $129 USD or 129 euros. It ships in Italy on 5 June; my embargo ends [...]
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