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Amazon adds four new Kindle Worlds platforms
June 27, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle worlds logoKindle Worlds is expanding by adding four new platforms, Amazon announced on Thursday. Kindle Worlds allows writers to create stories based on licensed worlds. The new worlds are (based on the Amazon press release): • Barbara Freethy's The Callaways--The hit series from the best-selling Kindle Direct Publishing author of all-time on Amazon • Bella Andre's Game for Love--The sizzling series about the superstars women lust after from the New York Times best-selling author • H.M. Ward's The Arrangement--The steamy, sexy New York Times best-selling new adult romance series with over a million copies sold • Lucy Kevin's Four Weddings and a Fiasco--The sweet, contemporary romance...

Smashwords adds daily sales reports
June 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

swchartsSmashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote on his blog. “Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.” This type of information will help authors and publishers learn what marketing campaigns work best. Blog tours, discounts and or...

The Guardian names the winner of its first monthly self-published award
June 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

9146LOKgNIL._SL1500_The Guardian announced the first winner of its new monthly self-published book contest. The winner was “Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers,” a debut novel from Tom Moran. On Amazon, the book’s summary reads: “Enter the mind of Walton Cumberfield, an amateur gas and electricity meter-reader who is about to discover a cow that is independent of the space-time continuum. The debut novel by comedian and writer Tom Moran, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers is like nothing else you'll ever read - beautifully bonkers and bizarrely brilliant. It has to be read to be believed.” But that doesn’t really say a lot about the book....

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction
June 6, 2014 | 6:17 pm

afterFan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan fiction based on Twilight. Now, One Direction fan fiction has gotten attention. Simon & Schuster has signed a deal with Anna Todd for her After series, it was reported last week by Publishers Weekly. The books will start to appear in bookstores in November. Todd began writing...

Novelry looks to be the online bookstore when it comes to discoverability
June 5, 2014 | 1:39 pm

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the kind of book you want. Without a title or an author, searching by topics isn’t as easy as it should be online – not as easy browsing the shelves at a bookstore or a library. Digital start up Novelry is hoping to make that easier....

Next Big Book wins inaugural BookExpo Startup Challenge
June 1, 2014 | 1:33 am

BEA_logo_starburstNext Big Book won the BookExpo Startup Challenge at BookExpo America on Thursday. Seventeen digital startups showcased their companies in front of thousands of industry members. From there, six finalists were picked to present their companies on stage. Next Big Book won the debut challenge and a prize of $10,000. Second-place Qlovi, a digital education content platform, received $3,000. Next Big Book is a marketing analysis tool. It pulls in information from social media, web traffic, sales, trends and other data to provide information. Next Big Book will be able to tell which efforts are most effective and which need help. Next Big Book...

Target to offer ebooks through Librify
May 29, 2014 | 9:24 am

librifyTarget has announced it’s going to start offering ebooks through a partnership with Librify, according to USA Today. Even though the new service is still a few months off, the announcement of the program seems interesting. First, BookExpo America is this week, so companies tend to make their big announcements around the event. However, we can’t get away from the Amazon vs. Hachette news – and customers looking for easier ways to get their books. Partnering with Target gives Librify a big get, especially when it comes to marketing and reach. From USA Today: Librify, which started beta testing with select users in March,...

Feedbooks acquires Aldiko ereading app
May 28, 2014 | 11:25 am

logo_feedbooksFeedbooks announced the acquisition of Aldiko, an Android ereading app that has more than 20 million downloads. Feedbooks began in June 2007 and has added a number of initiatives over the years such as a web e-book creation tool, and offers a distribution channel. Now it will have its own ereading app. Considering Feedbooks offers more than 800,000 titles in its own store and Aldiko works with a number of publishing formats, the match seems like a good one. Feedbooks allows customers to stay within its system from start to finish with its new purchase. “We are thrilled to join Feedbooks with whom...

Headed to BookExpo America, who do you want to read about?
May 27, 2014 | 11:25 am

BookExpo America BookExpo America is this week and I’m headed to it. Last year’s BEA was my firs time. It was overwhelming to say the least (read about it here). I feel a little more prepared, however. I know what to wear. I know to bring a bigger bag, and I know it’s going to take all three days to make my way through that huge set up. But here is something I want to know from our readers – what do you want? Is there anything of particular interest you would like me to see or write about? Do you want me to post a...

BookExpo America announces companies to compete in Startup Challenge
May 24, 2014 | 2:24 pm

BEA_logo_starburstBookExpo America has announced 18 startups to be featured in BookExpo Startup Challenge and Startup Alley. The companies will get a chance to win prizes and pitch their ideas to venture capitalists during the event. They range from subscription-based companies to book discovery tools and interactive e-books to retail marketplaces. The winner will receive $10,000 for first place, sponsored by Ingram Content Group, and $5,000 for second place, sponsored by Sourcebooks. They will be announced on Thursday, May 29. The selected participants include: • ACTIVE SPUD (http://www.activespud.com) is a ‘page to life’ company that publishes experience-based fitness and wellness books for children. • ALTA EDITIONS...

Bookmate raises $3 million in Series A funding
May 24, 2014 | 9:49 am

3platform-2-1024x527Bookmate has raised $3 million in Series A funding, the company announced this week. Bookmate has been making noise over the last couple of months, winning the 2014 Publishing for Digital Minds Innovation Award at the London Book Fair. It’s an e-book subscription based service based in Russia. It has more than 400,000 titles on its service with more than 1.5 million users worldwide. Ulmart, a large retail outlet in Russia, has funded Bookmate for it to be used to accelerate the global expansion of BookMate, starting with Turkey, Scandinavia and Latin America this year. Funding for Bookmate comes as part of...

Smashwords partners with Overdrive
May 20, 2014 | 9:15 am

SmashwordsMany successful self-published authors and small presses have found success using Smashwords' distributions network. They are able to get their e-books on about a dozen platforms. Smashwords has just announced one more. E-books on Smashwords have the opportunity to be checked out through local libraries using OverDrive, the companies announced on Tuesday. "This is huge news," Smashwords founder Mark Coker said in a phone interview. "It's difficult for self-published authors to get distribution on OverDrive. They (OverDrive) can't take on titles one-by-one. OverDrive would have to invest millions of dollars in technical aspects. "This is something we can offer with an aggregator like Smashwords.” More...