Current news stories from the independent book industry

Too Cheap to be Popular? – Amazon Algorithm Changes

If your self-published eBook is featured on Amazon, you are keenly aware that the only thing constant is change. For those grappling with last month’s ranking adjustments, one of the best explainers is offered at Indie Jane, where Jennifer Becton walks us through the confusion:

One of the advantages indie authors have over our traditionally published counterparts is that we can choose to sell our ebooks very cheaply.

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Smashwords Partners with Baker & Taylor

Big news on the Smashwords front:

There are two components of the agreement. The first is distribution into the Blio online store and e-reading app. The second part of the agreement gains Smashwords authors and publishers distribution into the library market through Baker & Taylor’s Axis360 service.

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Welcome to the New Self-Publishing Review

The site may look the same, but it’s not.  Step right up for a long and boring tale.  Around 3 months ago, registrations stopped working for no reason.  I tried everything to fix it – deleting plugins, adding plugins, messing with code. …

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Self-Publishers in the Kindle Lending Library

If you went to your KDP account this morning to (obsessively) check your stats, you might have seen this:

After a bit of confusion whether or not self-publishers would be part of the Kindle Lending library, they now can be.  However, this isn’t a perfect deal for self-publishers for this reason:

When you choose KDP Select for a book, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP.

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The Next Big Thing: Kobo?

David Gaughran has a comprehensive post about Kobo’s recent buyout by a Japanese firm. In the U.S., Kobo doesn’t get a lot of love – sales are slim on Kobo compared to other outlets, and the Kobo reader doesn’t really stack up to the Nook or the Kindle. …

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Smashwords Accepting New Formats in 2012

This is pretty huge news. The biggest mark against Smashwords is their meatgrinder – it’s necessary to submit a bare bones files or else the meatgrinder will convert it with myriad formatting problems, and the file won’t be eligible for distribution.…

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Problems and Opportunities with Kindle’s Automatic Pricing

A cautionary tale this week about a writer whose book was set to free for the Kindle by mistake. Amazon saw a free preview on Barnes and Noble as being a complete book – and so given Amazon’s policy to never have a higher priced book than any other outlet, they matched the price of the free preview.…

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