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Rick Chapman lays into Amazon advocates, KDP pricing strategy
December 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

AmazonIndie science fiction author and business book writer Rick Chapman has unleashed a long diatribe against Amazon's pricing model for Kindle Direct Publishing, which does make some valid points - although they're buried among a screed against Amazon's defenders (who he charmingly refers to as the Aggregated Amazon Ankle Grabbers, or AAAGs), and also somewhat obscured when he lets the invective get in the way of clear presentation of his argument. Which basically, stripped of all the name-calling and rhetoric, is this: Kindle Direct Publishing's  pricing policy of taking 65 percent of authors' and small publishers' revenues when they price their...

Dutch treat, Dutch auction, Dutch date … Amazon dares storm of Dutch epithets going Dutch in Netherlands
November 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

amazonI hope no Dutch uncle is going to get me in Dutch over all my Dutchisms (or should they be Netherlandisms?) in this article, but how else to convey the news that Amazon has opened a Dutch website, Amazon.nl, offering its wares in the Netherlands? This already includes extensive Kindle ebook offerings in Dutch as well as the localized Kindle client software, and English ebooks, though no products beyond ebooks, at least at this stage. According to reports in the Netherlands Times, the new Dutch version of the Kindle Store will offer some 20,000 Dutch titles by local authors, as well...

Guide to How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent up for free on Amazon
May 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Lukeman agentThere's still plenty of (justifiable) debate over the need for literary agents in this post-disruption self-publishing age. Whatever your views on the value of agents, or the defensive posturing of certain senior representatives of the breed, though, you'd be a brave author or pundit to come out and claim that they conclusively have no use at all. So perhaps this Kindle Store freebie will be of some use to some of you out there. Yes, How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent, by New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd., is now up for free...

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon. And wants you to hate Amazon too
December 6, 2013 | 6:46 pm

Next time you're tempted to join a Boycott Amazon campaign, here's something you might want to reflect on. An Amazon trade presentation, Tweeted by a conference attendee and spread first via Writer.ly then by an article in The Guardian, has declared that "A Quarter of top 100 on Amazon.com Indie-Published." The overall message is clear: Amazon's platform provides a way for the little guy or gurl to step around the big behemoths and reach the readers. As quoted by The Guardian, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the statistic focused entirely on Kindle publications in 2012 that were self-published via Kindle Direct...

UK government to storm Amazon’s gates?
November 27, 2013 | 10:25 am

amazonLest anyone think that Amazon's encroachment into the UK book world is a wee little thing, we have Seni Glaister, CEO of UK online book retailer The Book People, to put us straight, as she did at The Bookseller's London Futurebook Conference a short time ago. "It’s a dystopian disaster," she insisted, of the potential for Amazon to translate its ebook dominance into a physical book sales monopoly as well - unless the UK government steps in. Last time I read English prose, a dystopian disaster was something like George Orwell's 1984, or J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World. But obviously Amazonian...

The Kindle Paperwhite is getting around!
February 8, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readerAmazon's Kindle Paperwhite is definitely going global: A few weeks ago, it was Canada, where the Paperwhite could be found in the Amazon Canada Kindle Store. Now it's (finally) not only shipping to Australia, where it's been eagerly awaited—it's also available (in both the Wi-Fi-only model and the 3G/Wi-Fi model) for shipping to countries including Madagascar, Poland, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, and to most developed areas of the world not in (cold or hot) war zones, and which don't already have their own Kindle Stores. Continue reading on Andrys Basten's A Kindle World blog......

Breaking News: Kindle Store Live at Amazon.ca!
December 7, 2012 | 12:36 pm

Numerous blogs are reporting that a Kindle store is now live at Amazon.ca. Before we all get too excited, I should clarify that this looks to be e-books only. While apps for various platforms are listed, there are no hardware Kindles on offer, and when I went looking for them on the main Amazon.ca page, I was redirected to the American mothership. But there are some welcome content offerings this new store brings to Canada: We can access the Kindle Singles now, and there is a reasonably large and well-organized selection of French e-books, which some of us have long been coveting....

The Strand Book Store Fights Back
September 22, 2012 | 8:28 pm

The Strand Book Store displays Kindle price on price tag If you're a book lover who lives anywhere near the Mason-Dixon Line, you're probably familiar with the Strand. The legendary new-and-used bookstore in Manhattan's East Village is famous for its claim of being home to "18 miles of books." (Full disclosure: A little over a decade ago, I briefly worked as a Strand employee.) I can't remember where I found this photo, but it strikes me as admirable. Instead of simply wilting beneath the power of Amazon, the Strand has apparently decided to strike back by revealing its cheaper-than-Kindle Store prices, of all things. Obviously, this is a bit of a gimmick. And as anyone...

In the UK, e-book sales are up, and (some) book prices are down
September 19, 2012 | 10:33 am

Yesterday, The Telegraph reported that digital sales of fiction titles in the UK were up an impressive 188 percent (by value) in the first six months of 2012, when compared to the same period last year. As for digital sales of nonfiction e-books, they've raised 128 percent in the UK. Sales of children's e-books, meanwhile, have increased 171 percent.           Also yesterday, The Guardian published an interesting piece about the e-book price war currently underway in the UK. Some ebook discounts from Sony and Amazon have reached as high as 97 percent, including digital fiction titles from authors including Jeffrey Archer and James Herbert, which...

Access Kindle Store Mobile Sites in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain with These Short Links, by Piotr Kowalczyk
February 14, 2012 | 10:21 am

I’m a mobile freak, spending a lot of time on enhancing my daily life with the smartphone in every possible way. I also share tips on how to better experience ebook-reading with mobile phones. Many users own smartphones, but they are not aware how good their devices are for reading-related tasks. A phone is extremely well-suited to shop for ebooks on the go. You don’t need to have a tablet or ereader with 3G for that. Shopping in Kindle Store is very easy, as it is optimized for small screens. It’s obvious that the major Kindle Store, the one which is a part of Amazon.com...

French Kindle store opens
October 7, 2011 | 6:28 am

frenchkindleToday Amazon opened a French Kindle store, joining its already existing USA, UK, and German stores. The French store will serve customers in France, Belgium, Monaco, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Along with the new store, Amazon is selling a French edition of its lowest-end non-touch Kindle (the one that sells for $109 ad-free in the US) for 99 Euros (US$133). The devices will ship on October 14th. I notice that the French Kindle store has a number of works by French author Maurice Leblanc available quite cheaply. It’s almost enough to make me want to learn French. ...

How did the big publishers fare in Amazon’s “Big Deal” sale?
August 2, 2011 | 1:49 pm

From July 18-27, Amazon ran its second big ebook sale of the year, only this time it managed to get the Big 6 publishers on board with titles. Now that the sale has ended, Dan Lubart of eBook MarketView has parsed the publicly available data to determine whether those publishers benefited from participating. In terms of gaining list share on Amazon's Top 100 list—what Lubart calls "one of the new digital equivalents of premium retail space in the front of the store"—the only winner was HarperCollins. Harper also placed more titles for sale than the other publishers, which may indicate...