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How much to price an ebook? An old debate revisited
June 15, 2015 | 4:49 am

alisonperryLower pricing definitely doesn't always mean more sales or borrows is a new thread at Kindle Boards. “So I dropped the price on my book for the weekend to 99 cents,” writes Alison Perry, the South Carolina-based author of Hell’s Belles. “I also have a promo on Tuesday and (being new) I wasn't sure how long it would take for the price to update. Well, I went from 3-4 sales and a couple borrows a day to nothing." Significantly, Kindle Direct Publishing offers 70 percent royalties on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99. OK,...

What Should a Canadian Know Before Publishing on the Kindle Store?
March 5, 2015 | 12:25 pm

kindleI have been preparing some of my teaching stuff for possible publication via the Kindle store, but I have been a little overwhelmed by the process. I want to make sure I do everything correctly, from a business standpoint. But it does not seem like there is good information out there about how to set everything up. Here is what I have found so far: 1) This blog post talks about Amazon withholding taxes for all authors, even non-American ones, and suggests that you need a special American tax number to get out of this. 2) My personal tax accountant, who is...

TIPM Publishing Service Index tracks fall of KDP, rise in CreateSpace, Smashwords
December 12, 2014 | 6:00 am

DEC-INDEXThe Independent Publishing Magazine runs a regular Publishing Service Index to track the popularity and uptake of the various self-publishing support services and platforms available currently to self-published authors. Rather than tracking scammers like Author Solutions and its various offshoots, this index is more about gauging the merits of the real services that writers are likely to use, and their options in getting their work out. And the top ten list of services in the latest iteration, for December 2014, shows that Kindle Direct Publishing is falling in popularity, consistent with the reports elsewhere that KDP and Kindle Unlimited have...

Amazon issues EU VAT guidelines for KDP authors
December 2, 2014 | 10:24 am

KDPFollowing the introduction of the European Union's new VAT-MOSS regime, as reported by Chris Meadows, Amazon has now issued details on the implementation of VAT collection for Kindle Direct Publishing, and KDP authors like me have received a lengthy email from the Kindle Direct Publishing Team covering the new regulations. It begins as follows: Hello, On January 1, 2015, European Union (EU) tax laws regarding the taxation of digital products (including eBooks) will change: previously, Value Added Tax (VAT) was applied based on the seller’s country – as of January 1st, VAT will be applied based on the buyer’s country. As a...

Amazon asks Kindle Direct authors and readers to lobby Hachette in contract negotiation
August 9, 2014 | 3:37 am

Amazon’s PR push in the Hachette negotiation seems to have moved beyond simply posting announcements to forums. I just had a rather lengthy email show up in my inbox from “Kindle Direct Publishing,” which begins with the salutation “Dear KDP Author.” I’m not sure if I received it because I created a KDP account at some point while looking into it, or as a member of the press. Either way, I’m reproducing the letter here in full. The letter essentially expands upon Amazon’s recent forum post about the situation, laying out Amazon’s belief that Hachette wants to charge too...

Kindle Direct Publishing adds new reports
April 15, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle direct publishingI received an email yesterday from Kindle Direct Publishing about the new reports they've added. Gotta say, I like them. They've added basically three. The first is a graph showing real time sales. You can filter by date, title and marketplace. This one addresses a long-standing need. I don't actually care where my books are selling. I just like to see that they are selling and how many are selling. Previously, you had to select each marketplace separately to get an idea of sales during the current month. The new graph adds them all together, although with the filters, you can...

Jeremy Greenfield advocates Nook book sales for B&N salvation
March 29, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Digital Book World's Jeremy Greenfield has just penned a very interesting and thought-provoking article over on Forbes. As the answer to the great "what is going to happen to Nook?" question, he advocates that Barnes & Noble should build out the Nook Press self-publishing operation, B&N's answer to Kindle Direct Publishing, into a print book franchise. "Start selling self-published print books in Barnes & Noble stores," he urges. Arguing from the amount of shelf space that B&N already gives over to Nooks in its stores, Greenfield points out that: "the company owns Sterling Publishing, a New York-based publisher. On Nook’s dime,...

Does traditional publishing really confer legitimacy?
February 27, 2014 | 12:35 pm

UK self-published bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson, already cited in TeleRead for his Kindle Direct Publishing-driven success, has come out against - at least partly - the platform that built his reputation. Posting in The Bookseller's FutureBook blog, under the heading "Self-publishing changed my life, but my publisher grew my sales," he argues in the context of the "debate about traditional publishing versus self-publishing," and Hugh Howey's numbers on self-publishing and indie versus traditional publishing sales on Amazon, that the argument "isn't just sales – it's legitimacy." He continues: "It's the type of validity that means someone walks into a supermarket, sees...

Why doesn’t Smashwords buy Nook?
January 13, 2014 | 4:37 pm

SmashwordsThis piece was prompted by a post on Eoin Purcell's blog, entitled "Some Thoughts on B&N's Nook Problem," and breaking down the fairly abysmal news from Barnes & Noble's Nook segment, which saw a 60.5 percent fall year-on-year at $125 million "for the nine-week holiday period," digital content sales falling 27.3 percent and devices and accessories 66.7 percent. "The big question for B&N is whether there is a profitable ebook and digital content business to be pulled from the mess of Nook," Purcell concludes. "For too long, the digital content side of the business has been a slave to the device side."...

Seriously Mixed Emotions About Amazon Right Now
December 18, 2013 | 12:15 pm

amazonIt's been an interesting week watching what's happening with Amazon. First there was the curious incident of the removed movie. Then Amazon turned around and eliminated the minimums for Kindle Direct Publishing electronic payments (mentioned in today's Morning Links). The "always wants to see the good in people" part of me wants to believe that the pulling of Disney content was a mistake. Trust me, I've goofed enough times with clicking the wrong button on the screen or accidentally hitting the Ctrl Key instead of Shift to know that mistakes like that can happen. But as Nate Hoffelder pointed out in...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords Has a Major Website Redesign, Extend Amazon Prime if Package Is Late
December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

smashwordsSmashwords Unveils Major New Website Redesign (Smashwords) Smashwords today unveiled our first major website redesign since our launch in 2008. We made hundreds of changes large and small.  We also made technical changes behind the scenes that will lay the groundwork for us to introduce many new tools and features for authors and readers alike in 2014. *** Get Your Amazon Prime Membership Extended if Your Package Runs Late (Lifehacker) Here's a little-known fact about Amazon's Prime membership: The company guarantees your package will be delivered at the promised time. If it's not, Prime members can get a one-month extension of their membership. *** EFF's Reading List:...

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2
December 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

AmazonThis article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too". As its title may suggest, it's not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that article. And as a busy journalist with little time and fewer ideas, it saves me the strain of finding a fresh topic. So here we go. [caption id="attachment_92721" align="alignright" width="300"] The Three Minute Hate begins now[/caption] First, kindly read that title closely. It says "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon." It...

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