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The Great Canadian Amazon.ca Upgrade
March 31, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon.caI did something a little momentous today---I finally caved to Amazon's repeated suggestions that I move my account over to Amazon.ca. I did it in part because the Canadian dollar isn't so strong right now and I didn't want to get dinged on the exchange rate, and in part because I want to sell on the Kindle store and figured that a .ca account may simplify that process for me. But mostly, I did it because I wanted to try out Kindle Unlimited. There is a 30-day free trial option, and I wanted to look. And...how did it go? Smooth, very smooth....

Morning Links: 8 Apple features you might not use. KU payouts up; lending down
March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

appleHow Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books? (Personal Creations) We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute. *** Eight Apple Features You Probably Never Use (Re/Code) This week, I rounded up eight examples of these to make sure you remember that Apple is … human. *** Black Authors and Self-Publishing (School Library Journal) I am a Black feminist writer committed to social justice. I write stories about Black children and teens, but within the children’s literature...

Should I Try Out Kindle Unlimited?
March 4, 2015 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Rolled Out in Canada a short time ago, and I have been contemplating trying it out. There is a free trial option, but this does not make the decision as straightforward as it might seem because in order to avail myself of the free trial, I would have to convert my Amazon.com account over to the Canadian portal, and I'm worried about doing that. So, some pros and cons. Maybe those of you who have tried this service can tell me what you think? 1) Pros - There seems to be a decent selection of books. I know people have complained...

Morning Links: Kindle Unlimited illegal in France. Tablets aren’t rotting kid’s brains
February 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Ruled Illegal in France (Ink, Bits & Pixels) In a move that surprises no one, the government of France announced today that subscription ebook services, including Kindle Unlimited, violated France's fixed price book laws. *** No, Tablets Aren't Necessarily Rotting Kid's Brains (Lifehacker) There's a lot of research out there about kids and screen time, and I also turned to Clare Smith, an early language development researcher who is also a speech and language therapist, to get to the bottom of things. Here's what you need to know. *** Kobo Unveils Digital Writing Contest (GoodeReader) Kobo has just unveiled a new literary prize to celebrate...

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media
February 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedMy Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about indigenous peoples. Poetry. *** The Elephant in the Room is a Phone (The Scholarly Kitchen) According to my log, I came across 150 references to disruptive technology this week.  Or was that 1,150? *** Will the New Kindle Unlimited Expansion Cause Another Dip in Author Payments? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The news of Kindle Unlimited expansion into Canada and Mexico may bring smiles to the faces of readers but...

Morning Links: Author uprising over Kindle Unlimited? My eReader is selling me toilet paper!
February 6, 2015 | 9:49 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Update: Author Uprising Afoot? (IndieReader) Do subscription services like KU make it impossible for authors–both traditional and indie–to earn a living wage? *** I Used Dictation and Voice Control for a Week. Here's What Happened (Lifehacker) We like to make fun of how badly it works, but I decided to dive in headfirst to see what it's like to actually use it...for everything. Here's what happened. *** My eReader is Selling Me Toilet Paper (Book Riot) But should I get a Kindle with special offers? Or pay a bit extra for one without? *** Amazon.com Releases the Top 20 Most Romantic U.S. Cities (Amazon) Love is in the...

Morning Links: Love for Kindle Unlimited. 30% of ebooks sold on Amazon lack ISBN
January 30, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedI Love Kindle Unlimited (Boing Boing) When Kindle Unlimited was announced, I was super-excited. I wanted to give it a few months, however, so I could share a real user's review. The service is wonderful. -- Amazon's Net Sales up 20% in 2014 (GalleyCat) Amazon’s fourth quarter 2014 net sales reached $29.33 billion, a 15 percent increase compared to the $25.59 billion net sales the company reported in the fourth quarter 2013. *** Author Earnings Report Reveals that 30% of eBooks Sold on Amazon Don’t Have ISBNs (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The fifth Author Earnings Report was released this week, and it tells a starkly different tale...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited and Market Scrying. Payment hardware scrambling
January 18, 2015 | 12:12 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles (The Digital Reader) Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. *** The Best-Selling Books of All Time, According to Wikipedia (Book Riot) How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? *** Digital Magazines Now Qualify for the Pulitzer Prize (GoodeReader) The Pulitzer Prize for journalism has now been extended to print...

Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?
January 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

social media is overrated?Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ Grandinetti of Amazon. These were some of the most memorable takeaways for me. *** Social Media Is Overrated, Seth Godin Tells Publishers at Digital Book World (Digital Book World) Most publishers consider social media an essential part of their marketing toolkits, but author and squidoo.com founder Seth Godin joined Digital Book World 2015 in New York City this...

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?
January 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

drm-freeApple Won't Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can't get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should Authors and Publishers Spy on Readers? (Digital Book World) Okay—that title is slightly provocative. But it’s not an unreasonable question to ask. *** Apple Raises Minimum App Prices in Europe, UK and Canada (GigaOM) As Apple promised earlier this week, minimum prices in the iOS app store have increased in Canada, the U.K. and European...

Christmas Eve Links: Kindle Unlimited Devaluing eBooks? Japan going to tax foreign retailers
December 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimited10 Public Libraries in US and Canada Surpass 1 Million eBook Downloads (GoodeReader) Ten different libraries in Canada and the United States had over one million e-Book checkouts in 2014, a significant increase from the six libraries that achieved the milestone in 2013. *** Japanese Government Moves Forward with Plan to Tax Foreign Retailers (The Digital Reader) For the past year or so the Japanese government has been exploring the idea of requiring foreign retailers to Japanese consumption tax on digital good sold to Japanese consumers, and now they're moving forward. *** eReaders Are Bad for Sleep (GalleyCat) Do you read eBooks before bed? It could be...

Thoughts on adjusting to Kindle Unlimited as an author
December 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedThis post started its life as a comment to Nate's post on how authors are unhappy with Kindle Unlimited. It quickly grew to a post in its own right. I agree that Kindle Unlimited has not been a good thing for authors. I've seen the impact on my own sales. Before KU was launched,  I was on track to triple my income from last year. Looks like instead I'm going to do a bit better than doubling. Yes, that's disappointing. However, I decided when I started that I was looking at this long term, and I'm still having a way better...