Authors complain that features like Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited book-rental program are devaluing books, but it’s not Amazon that is devaluing book writing — in a very real sense, the internet is doing that, just as it’s devaluing every other form...
It might seem counterintuitive to have to travel 2,000 miles to Mexico to purchase books in the Amazon era, but Elgin librarians say that's the best way to serve the needs of their Spanish-speaking patrons.
For the past three years Amazon has sold a particular type of Kindle format called Kindle Print Replica. This is basically a PDF file wrapped in a Kindle ebook file, and it offers many of the benefits of PDFs (fixed layout, graphics, charts, discrete page numbers).
"Overall, Nielsen’s latest round of market data shows us that publishing is still very much a market in transition. The growth in digital reading has shaken up the mix of what consumers buy and where they read it, especially in the category of adult trade fiction.
The remarkable growth of adult fiction ebooks is, however, both an opportunity and a danger for publishers. As we saw in the blog post we posted earlier this week, the industry’s over-dependence on adult fiction to drive digital sales means that a disappointing performance in this category can have an exaggerated effect on its overall fortunes. Without significant uptake of ebooks in non-fiction and children’s content, it’s adult trade fiction’s responsibility to shoulder the weight of digital publishing. The knock-on effect of this is that that each quarter that goes by without a Gone Girl or Fifty Shades will be heralded in certain quarters as ‘the end’ of the ebook boom."
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#Amazon #TextBooks - Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Takes A Different Approach From iBooks Author - Amazon has a new tool for its Kindle Direct Publishing authors, via a new KDP EDU wing of the same aimed at educators and academic institutions.
It didn’t take long after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service for the outcry to begin, but unlike other criticisms the retail book giant has weathered, this one came from its most staunch supporters: self-published authors. With the announcement that all KDP Select titles would be included in the all-you-can-eat service, authors were initially excited about the prospect of a new revenue channel from the exclusive program; it didn’t take long, though, before some of the top names in self-publishing noticed a significant drop in their KDP-based income.