Draft2Digital Adds Oyster Subscription Service to Its Distribution Channels

Digital distributor and self-publishing service provider Draft2Digital has added Oyster to its distribution channels. Oyster is a growing e-book subscription service with more than one million titles in its library. Draft2Digital itself has shown substantial growth in the e-book services and distribution market  over the past year considering it is up against competitors like Smashwords and Bookbaby. […]

You Want To Publish Your Book – Where to Start? A Step-by-Step Guide | Jessica Millis | Guest Post

It’s said that ‘everyone has one good book in them’ but before there was an Internet and self-publishing, there were publishers, who were rightly selective about the books they published and would need a lot of convincing before they’d publish any book let alone your book. After all, if they guessed wrong they lost a […]

Smashwords Introduces Assetless Preorders

Self-publishing platform Smashwords has introduced what it calls ‘Assetless Preorders’ for e-books. While the platform has allowed authors and small press publishers a preorder feature for nearly two years, it required the load up of finalised e-book files. Smashwords founder Mark Coker revealed in a blog post last week that fewer than 10% of e-books released on […]

The Unreal Cost of Self-Publishing

Blueink Review is a resource and paid-review website for self-published authors founded by literary agent Patricia Moosbrugger and award-winning former book review editor Patti Thorn. It describes itself as ‘the gold standard in reviews of self-published work.’ While fee-based, all BlueInk reviews are honest appraisals, written by professionals drawn largely from mainstream media outlets or editors who […]

Pronoun (Vook) Announces $3.5m Investment of Capital

Last month we reported that digital publishing platform Vook had rebranded and relaunched as Pronoun. Combining the digital technologies of Byliner and Booklr, which it owns, Pronoun describes itself as an ‘author-friendly’ and ‘author-centric’ book publishing platform with a freemium business model for authors. The platform will provide authors with book creation tools and distribution to all major […]

Amazon Changes the Payout Rules on Kindle Unlimited

  From next month Amazon has decided to change how it pays authors for books enrolled in its Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Previously Amazon paid authors based on whether a reader read more than 10% of a book, or what it referred to as a ‘qualified borrows’. Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that allows readers to discover […]

Publishing Service Index: June 2015

This is the PUBLISHING SERVICE INDEX for June 2015. IngramSpark continues to occupy the top spot ahead of CreateSpace and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). In fact the top nine positions remain unchanged from last month. Kobo Writing Life enters the top ten for the first time ever and it comes at the expense of Lulu.   Kazoo Publishing […]

German Publishers and Booksellers Association Fears ‘monopolistic’ Amazon

Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, revealed 2014 sales figures for the German book market. The overall market saw a 2.2% fall and a slight increase in e-book sales. The Association’s Managing Director Alexander Skipis cited a significant decline in bestseller titles (down more than 20% on 2013) and growing ‘monopolistic companies like Amazon’. The German book industry’s economic […]

Beyond Beginner Twitter Marketing Tactics for Writers | Matthew Yeoman | Guest Post

Twitter can help any writer increase their online profile and find new followers that turn into new fans that read your books. Twitter has done a lot to help small time writers build their audience. There are still examples like George RR Martin tweeting out this: I don’t tweet all that much, please check out […]