If you’re planning to self-publish an ebook, and don’t have the skills, you’re in luck. Amazon’s experimenting with an automated ebook cover generator (on the lines of CreateSpace’s cover generator. And it’ll be free.) About time, I say.
The Digital Reader has more details on this.
Kobo, the Japanese counterpart to Amazon, is running a limited time promotion. Between September 1 and November 30 all ebooks priced between $1.99 and $12.99 will earn their authors 80 percent royalty (vs. Amazon’s 70%).
If the book is priced outside of this range, the author will earn 45% royalties (vs. Amazon’s 35%).
Kobo, anyone? kobobooks.com/KoboWritingLife
So you think Amazon is a monopoly? Now comes the news that Microsoft is set to enter the ebook space. Click here for the story from the Apple Insider.
With the rise in popularity of ebooks comes the need for electronic autographs. Kindlegraph’s been around for a bit, but only now do I see enough people using it. For a primer on Kindlegraph, click here.
Amazon’s KDP Select seems to inflame passions on both sides of the divide. There are authors who hate that Amazon forces on you a 90-day exclusivity clause (you have to have your book down from absolutely everywhere, including your own website), vs. those who’ve built name recognition and moved to the top of the heap.
Check out Carolyn McCray’s experience in Publishing Perspectives. Click here for the article.
According to a Business Week article, Barnes and Noble has decided not to stock books published by Amazon.com. The article, unfortuantely, does not discuss what happens to the hapless author while the two giants battle it out. Click here for the article.
Like previous news from Penguin about its subsidy press ‘Book Country’ wasn’t bad enough (see my previous posts), now comes news that Penguin is refusing to participate in ebook lending citing priracy concerns. For more details, refer to this story in mashable.com.
Not a good week for Penguin publicity-wise.
Amazon has launched a digital book lending library which, as you might imagine, isn’t making the big 6 NY book publishers too happy. The program is called Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. None of the big 6 is participating because they fear a loss in sales, especially from their back lists (ie.e older titles). Only 5000 titles are available at this time, and only to the subscribers of the Amazon Prime program who are also Kindle owners.
Wonder what this’ll mean for indie publishers and the self-published.