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Scribd to cut romance and erotica titles from its catalog
July 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

scribd logo subscription servicesThe ebook subscription model seems to have hit a bump. According to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, Scribd is cutting its romance and erotica catalog. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most popular romance titles. Books priced at free are safe and will remain in their catalog. The reason? Romance and erotica readers are devouring these titles, and Scribd pays retailer-level margins for books. It seems Scribd cannot currently sustain this model since it has to pay authors when books are read. Scribd stated in a letter than the...

Smashwords adds “assetless” pre-orders
June 22, 2015 | 9:21 pm

assetless2Smashwords is changing the way it allows pre-orders on its site for authors. Previously, the entire manuscript needed to be uploaded in order to take advantage of pre-orders, but that is no longer the case. Smashwords founder Mark Coker announced on the company’s blog that preorders are going “assetless.” “Starting today, all 100,000 authors and small independent presses at Smashwords have the ability to upload assetless preorders to Smashwords,” Coker wrote. “No book or cover yet? No problem.” There are many indie authors who do not take advantage of pre-orders, Coker notes in the blog. Less than 10 percent of authors on Smashwords took advantage...

Tolino launches self-publishing platform in Germany
April 29, 2015 | 10:25 am

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 8.30.46 AMOne of the leading German digital booksellers has launched a self-publishing platform. Tolino Media is giving indie authors another way to distribute books in Germany, according to Publishing Perspectives. Publishing Perspectives says that Tolino has already attracted a few notable German self-published authors including Elke Bergsma, Nika Lubitsch and Alfred Bekker. The terms of the deal could be a reason why some indie authors may choose Tolino over Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Tolino offers 70 percent royalties. The books will also be distributed through all of Tolino’s partners, more than 1,000 online bookshops. But it is not limited to just Germany. Tolino has partnerships...

Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?
April 13, 2015 | 12:25 pm

LeiCrimeThe latest Kindle World popped up last week with the Lei Crime Series. The Lei Crime Series, written by Toby Neal, debuted on April 7. Kindle Worlds allow anyone to write stories within specific universes using characters already developed by the respective authors. The Lei Crime Kindle World kicked off with eight new stories. Kindle Worlds helps writers (please read all the conditions first) earn money for their fan fiction by selling the stories through Amazon. Amazon currently has nearly 40 Kindle Worlds, including G.I. Joe, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The World of Kurt Vonnegut, and J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels and...

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store
April 9, 2015 | 1:02 pm

OysterOyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription service, which has been dubbed “Netflix for book,” but now it has all the Big Five publishers and others to offer titles in its e-book store. By including a store, which has new releases and pre-orders along with the subscription model, Oyster has made a statement that they are ready to play and don’t plan on...

Self-pub star Jasinda Wilder signs traditional book deal
April 8, 2015 | 10:25 am

WilderA popular indie author is going a bit traditional. USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder has signed a deal with Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House, according to a report in USA Today. The deal is for a trilogy worth seven figures, according to a press release. Madame X, the first book in the trilogy, will be published as a trade paperback on Nov. 3. The trilogy is described as dark, sexy and romantic. Her beginnings were interesting, as were chronicled here on Teleread. She and her husband were in a financial crisis and one of their five...

Should authors respond to positive reviews?
April 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

reading There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. Personally, I enjoy when an author leaves a comment on one of my reviews. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way, especially if the remarks don’t feel spammy. Rather, the author seemed to appreciate that you took the time to read their book and write a review for...

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards announced
April 6, 2015 | 10:25 am

hugo nominations 2014For those who having been following it, there's plenty of controversy around the 2015 Hugo Awards, but for those who just want the list... The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday. More than 2,100 ballots were received (including three by paper), setting a record for participation. See the full list below. The winners will be announced on August 22, 2015 at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at 2015 Worldcon. Best Novel (1827 nominating ballots) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK) The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books) Lines of Departure, Marko Kloos (47North) Skin...

Gigaom is shutting down
March 10, 2015 | 10:25 am

gigaomGigaom is shutting down. The company made the announcement on Monday night with a statement on its website. Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank...

J.A. Konrath added to Kindle Worlds, but with a twist
February 28, 2015 | 2:20 pm

JD_Banner_1._V329978821_ Kindle Worlds just got a little bigger. J.A. Konrath announced that writers can now submit stories for Jack Daniels and Associates. However, Konrath’s world is a little different as he explained on his blog. He loved the idea of Kindle Worlds when it was announced in 2013. Fans of a specific segment can create new stories using already created worlds and characters and make money off of it (as well as the original author). Fan ficcers get a bad rap. We all learn to write (and speak, and walk) by imitation. Copyright does do some good in protecting intellectual property and allowing a writer...

Barnes & Noble separates its college business
February 28, 2015 | 11:20 am

bn.jpgBarnes & Noble announced it will separate its retail and e-book businesses from its college offering, making it a standalone company. Barnes & Noble Education will be come a separately publicly traded company in August, the company announced this week. With negative news surrounding B&N over the last couple of years due to its declining business with its store fronts and Nook division, the college segment has been a bright spot for the company seeing gains in revenue. Currently, B&N is working on a plan to expand its college bookstores to 1,000 units as part of a five-year plan. According to the Wall...

Russia plans to launch national digital library in 2015
December 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

ebook-library-software2Soon Russians will be able to get digital books from their libraries. A new initiative has been set forth in Russia to transform local libraries into informational and cultural hubs, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky recently said at a meeting, according to The Calvert Journal, an outlet on Russian culture. “Next year we will launch a national electronic library, set to be the largest collection of online texts, books, magazines and so on [in Russia],” Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky told regional governors, according to the article. “We will send you an approved model of a library, the implementation of which will...

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