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Announcing The Finalists of The SPR Book Awards 2016!

2016 SPR Book Awards

It’s been a very competitive year for The SPR Book Awards, as self-publishing continues to flourish with some really nice book covers, interiors, and storytelling. This year, the SPR reviewers decided to focus on the writing skills and presentation of the words – we wanted to really enjoy to the material the authors created themselves. In a few hours, we’ll ... Read More »

New Amazon Guidelines Prevent Customer Reviews For Free/Discounted Products – Except Books

New Guidelines Oct 3

In all this election fever, you may have missed that Amazon has changed their Community Guidelines on October 03, 2016 prohibiting authors from seeking Customer Reviews by offering a free or discounted product. As website ilovetoreview.com reports, “Specifically, Amazon sellers can no longer give a discounted or free product to anyone in exchange for a review, honest or otherwise.” This ... Read More »

New SPR Book Promotion Deals For Amazon Success

SPR Promotions 2016

Self-Publishing Review’s new Amazon book promotion services give authors a great way of increasing customer sales and reviews in a safe and proven way, tweaked to be in line with Amazon’s new review and selling policies for June 2016 to ensure book success continues with our clients’ books. What changes did we make? We have changed our Best Seller Book ... Read More »

Goodreads Giveaways Now Include Kindle Books

Goodreads Kindle Giveaway

Good news on the marketing front. One of the limitations of the Goodreads Giveaway program is that it was only available for print books. Given that a growing number of authors are e-only – or at least start as an ebook before moving on to print – this offers a new way to reach Goodreads’ huge pool of readers. Via ... Read More »

Booktrope Closing Its Doors Leaving Authors Without a Publisher

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In a sad turn of events, hybrid self-publishing service, Booktrope, is going out of business. Via Geekwire: Booktrope plans to go out of business at the end of May, bringing an end to its “team publishing” platform used by ad hoc groups of authors, editors, marketers and designers to create and market print books and e-books… With the closure, Booktrope ... Read More »

Print Books Welcome! SPR Now Accepting Hardcopies For Review!

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Here at SPR we have decided we will now accept print books for our Review Packages. You can submit here. There’s been a resurgence in print book purchasing recently. Last September The New York Times reported that print was making a comeback due to strong negotiating between publishers and bookstores. “As publishers renegotiated new terms with Amazon in the past ... Read More »

Nook Press Discontinues in the UK

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This comes from the Nook newsletter. Big news: Dear Publisher, We are writing to announce an important change to our NOOK Service that will affect NOOK Press vendors publishing content in the United Kingdom. Effective March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The NOOK Store on NOOK devices sold in the UK, on ... Read More »

IndieReader and SPR Partner For Combo Deal For Authors

Combo IR and SPR Reviews 10% Off

Self-Publishing Review and IndieReader team up to give indie authors 10% discount on editorial book reviews    Top indie book review sites IndieReader and Self-Publishing Review have partnered up to provide a combo deal for independent authors everywhere. This deal saves almost $20 off the normal price for a standard IndieReader book review and an SPR Classic Book Review, and ... Read More »