Current news stories from the independent book industry

Kobo Now Offering Author Services

Kobo is expanding into author services, separating itself from Amazon KDP. From the Kobo blog:

Many of you have noticed a new “Author Services” tab popped up in your dashboard. This is a project we’ve been working towards for several years: offering a list of recommended professional services – cover design, editorial help, print on demand, and more – that we trust and believe offer good value for independent authors.

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Amazon Announces New Author Earnings Model And $7.8 Million Bonus on KDP Select

KDP Select Announces New ModelAmazon today shared a new model for KDP Select Earnings, along with multi-million dollar bonuses for the next few months. What this means for authors isn’t clear yet, but you can read more on Amazon’s site on the link below.

Today we have a few exciting announcements to share related to the KDP Select global fund.

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Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus

If you’ve tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when reviewing a book via drop-down menus.

Amazon Reviews - Overall

Here are the choices:

Amazon Reviews - Writing Amazon Reviews - Violence Amazon Reviews - Sexual Content Amazon Reviews - Narration Amazon Reviews - Plot Amazon Reviews - Mood


At the bottom of the page it says: “Write your reviews using the traditional review authoring page” so this is a beta system.…

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Romance Authors Get 15% Off At SPR Until Valentine’s!

We’re giving a loving gift to all of you who create romance, love, passion and titillation for readers everywhere by offering a checkout code especially for romance writers! All you have to do is buy a review, marketing package or editing package for your book, and use the code HEART15 at checkout!…

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SFWA Opens Doors to Self-Published Authors

SFWABig news from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America that’s a long time coming. Self and indie-published writers are now eligible to join the organization:

In a referendum with a third of voting members participating and over 6 to 1 in favor, the membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has approved bylaw changes that enable SFWA to accept self-publication and small-press credits for Active and Associate memberships in the organization.

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BookBaby Launches Print on Demand Option

bookbabyToday, BookBaby sent out a press release about its new POD option to go toe to toe with Createspace and Ingram Spark. Previously, BookBaby only offered print run publishing, which in this day and age doesn’t make sense for most self-publishers who are unaware of a book’s demand before it’s published, especially since the cost per book for a print run is twice that of print on demand.…

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