“Rights holders” are holding the line on stopping you from lending your Kindle books to friends and family, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview this week at Amazon headquarters in Seattle.
Monthly Archives: September 2013
All authors’ hearts break a little when negative reviews show up on their books’ sales pages. But a book with lots of reviews has real legitimacy and gives browsing shoppers a range of perspectives, making them more likely to buy it. So seeking lots of reviews is a good thing. But how do authors handle the inevitable bad ones? Here are five techniques for dealing with customers who pan your book.
Evidence from Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Writing Life, suggests that $1.99 is a bad price for ebooks. That’s corroborated by recent data from self-publishing site Smashwords.
Ebook readership in Canadian families is already high—41% of parents and 27% of teens have already adopted digital reading—and another surge in ebook reading is coming soon, predicts a newly released study by BookNet Canada.
It ain’t easy to turn a book into a bestseller. Harder still is for a first-time author to reach the heights of the charts. But is bookselling success a nebulous, magical achievement “ultimately in the hands of the book gods”? That’s the way Morgan Entrekin, the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, described it in the recent New York Times article “Long Odds For Authors Newly Published” by James B. Stewart. The first part of the quote in that article quotes Entrekin stating, “A publisher can only do so much.”
The new Kindle Paperwhite, a back-lit black-and-white e-reader, has new features, like integration with the recent Amazon acquisition Goodreads, the leading book-focused social networking site. This software integration and others, however, will be coming at a later date in a software upgrade this year, the company said. The next-generation of Kindle e-readers also comes with a sharper display, improved back-lighting technology, a faster processor and other technology enhancements.
Amazon introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook. Over 10,000 books will already be available when Kindle MatchBook launches in October, including best sellers like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, with many more titles to be added over time.
Customers can learn more by visiting http://www.amazon.com/kindlematchbook.