Current news stories from the independent book industry

Smashwords Releases 2014 Indie Author Survey

Smashwords 2014 Indie Author SurveyVia the Smashwords blog comes the 2014 Indie Author Survey. Some key findings:

Readers prefer longer ebooks – We observed this in the prior surveys.  Longer books sell better, and when you view the data through the prism of the power curve, it becomes clear why longer books give authors such a huge sales advantage.

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Red Room Shutting Down – Bought by Wattpad

Redroom Announcement, a popular destination for authors looking to network, is shutting down on July 8 and being absorbed into Wattpad. The announcement doesn’t exactly make clear how this will work, as Wattpad and RedRoom provide entirely different functions. Wattpad is a place for narrative work, while RedRoom is more of a blogging platform.…

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SPR Launches Jump Start Book Promo Package

SPR Jump Start Your BookSelf-Publishing Review has today released a new book review package, SPR Jump Start, aimed at those with a budget in mind who need to get their book seen fast.

The Jump Start review package costs $59, a fraction of the cost of many professional review services on the market today.…

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SPR Partners With BookBaby’s BookPromo

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SPR is proud to today announce a partnership with BookBaby!

BookPromo, a set of promo tools that come free with every BookBaby publishing package, today announced the expansion of “BookPromo to be an even more powerful promotional tool”, reaching thousands of targeted readers with incredibly affordable advertising.…

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Self-Publishing Boosts Sales 79% in the U.K.

nielsenbooksVia the Guardian and Neilsen:

Self-published books’ share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013, with 18m self-published books bought by UK readers last year, according to new statistics.

With print sales falling by 10% last year, and book purchasing as a whole down 4%, ebook sales continue to grow, according to Nielsen’s comprehensive tracking of book purchases, up 20% in the UK in 2013, with 80m ebooks bought by UK consumers, to a value of £300m.

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Smashwords Adds Daily Reporting for Book Sales

swchartsOne of the more cumbersome interfaces on Smashwords is its reporting of book sales. Unlike KDP, which has a very obvious interface, it’s possible to miss Smashwords reporting page entirely. Given that it has been updated intermittently, it wasn’t always necessary to access the page even if you know it was there.…

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Apple’s iOS 8 Will Come Pre-Loaded with eBooks

ibookssoloVia Smashwords, which calls this a “Game Changer for eBook Retailing,” Apple’s new mobile operating system is going to come pre-loaded with the iBooks store app. What this means is that people who maybe weren’t so ebook friendly are going to have ebooks as part of the billion iPhones and iPads currently floating around.…

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