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Growing Subscription Reads Drive KDP Select Payments Down

Amazon made their monthly report to KDP Select publishers over the weekend, electing to add $2.5 million to the compensation pool for October reads/borrows through Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library. But the most closely watched number by authors -- the amount paid per read -- declined again, to…

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"Predicting" the National Book Awards

Last month BookVibe took credit for "predicting" the Booker Prize winner and promised to return with a set of forecasts for the National Book Awards. The company monitors and evaluates Twitter discussions, which is an interesting dataset for certain things, that it can't possible tell you conclusion five judges together…

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Amazon Resumes Limited Hachette Pre-Orders and Restores Some Discounts

For the first time since late May, Amazon customers can pre-order at least some titles from Hachette Book Group -- principally Little, Brown books, set for imminent release (such as Kevin Pietersen's AUTOBIOGRAPHY, publishing December 1) as well as books not scheduled until spring 2015 (including Cathy by John Carder Bush in April, and books by Susanna Gregory in February…

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Barnes & Noble Launches Bundling Promo ("Sync Up"), and Adds POD to Nook Press

After a number of quiet experiments over the years bundling print books and ebooks together, Barnes & Noble has launched an extensive holiday bundling promotion under the banner "Sync Up," letting in-store customers add an ebook version of eligible titles for $4.99 when purchasing the print editions. Seventy "select paperbacks"…

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Amazon Wins .Book Domain Auction

Amazon's Luxembourg subsidiary has won the auction for the .book domain. The company prevailed over nine competitors, including Google and Bowker, the latter reportedly the last to drop out, according to the Register. Terms of the auction were not disclosed but it is understood to have been "between $5 million and $10 million." Though not reported…

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Scribd Adds Audiobooks to Their Subscription Plan

Scribd substantially expanded their subscription reading service on Thursday morning, adding a collection of more than 30,000 audiobooks titles, available for unlimited streaming and downloading as a part of their regular $8.99 subscription service, alongside the ebooks they have offered since October 2013. In contrast to the ebooks, which are…

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More Amazon, and Publishing

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's December issue letter is online in advance of the issue itself, in which Keith Gessen "lays out a vivid and highly original account of the almost schoolyard conflict going on now between Amazon and the French-owned publishing giant Hachette." Carter says Amazon's response to Hachette "amounts…

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Digital: Diversion Launches Romance eBookstore; More Kindle Unlimited; Start Buys Cleis; and More

Digital publisher Diversion Books has set up a new division "to go deeper into the romance vertical," EverAfter -- which has launched an ebookstore and reader app on iOS and Android. "Exclusively dedicated to romance ebooks," the store offers over 100,000 titles from traditional houses and self-published authors. They promise…

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New Google Play Features Aim to Improve Nonfiction eBook

On Thursday morning Google Play Books introduced an update to their reading app providing "a redesigned reading experience that’s optimized for nonfiction books" with feature improvements meant "to solve the ever more challenging reference book" in digital form. Their new "skim mode" makes it easier to skim across an entire…

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Blurb to Launch Recommendations for Independent Publishing Experts

In a little over a week, on November 7, self-publishing platform Blurb will go live with a programmatic answer to one of their most persistent customer requests: Recommendations for freelance publishing professionals. Known as the Dream Team, to be featured under a "Hire an expert" navigational tab on their site,…

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