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Amazon Expands Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Internationally

Amazon Expands Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Internationally

This week Amazon announced that it was expanding its reader-powered publishing platform  internationally, including Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and India. Kindle Scout was launched last year in the United States and the platform allows authors to submit unpublished, novel-length English-language manuscripts. Previews of the manuscripts are made available for Amazon readers to


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


Amazon Announces First Batch of Kindle Scout Titles

In October last year Amazon invited submissions and readers for its Kindle Scout crowdsourcing program. The reader-powered publishing platform has amassed 29,000 reading ‘scouts’ in recent months and yesterday it announced the first batch of ten titles to be published on March 3rd. Authors with successful submissions received a five-year contract, a $1,500 advance and 50% digital royalties, marketing services


European Self-Publishing Providers Need to Look Beyond Localisation

 Publishing Perspectives this morning reports that German self-publishing platform, epubli, has expanded into the UK and English-speaking market. Epubli was originally founded in 2008 and is owned by the giant Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. The self-publishing platform allows works on a similar model to Lulu, Blurb and CreateSpace, only taking a share in author profits when a book


Self Publishing Podcast #45 – The Death of Free Book Promotion on Big Blogs?

One of the biggest discussions in self-publishing this week has been the changes Amazon has made to its affiliate program and qualifying criteria for paying a commission to third-party websites advertising free books on Amazon. The recent changes may have a knock-on implication for self-publishing authors opting into the KDP Select program. Johnny B. Traunt


The Meatgrinder and eBook Publishing

Mark Coker, the CEO and founder of Smashwords, calls it The Meatgrinder. So much so, he happily—and rightly—refers to Smashwords’ file-crunching e-book conversion application by the same name. It may be the bane of many self-published authors frustrations and late nights, but Coker never meant the process of loading a book file to an online


Bowker USA Launch e-Book Conversion Service for Self-Publishers

Bowker USA has extended the services on offer at to include e-book conversion for all major e-reader devices (yes, Amazon Kindle, too!). In a press release sent out yesterday, Bowker announced a new partnership with DCL (Data Conversion Library Inc) enabling it to offer an e-book conversion service through as well as ISBN allocation.


Publetariat Omnibus Edition 2008-2012 | Now Available

Publetariat is an online community, resource centre and news hub for indie authors and small press imprints. Publetariat’s founder April Hamilton is celebrating its first four years with the release of the Publetariat Omnibus 2008-2012 in an ebook Kindle edition. The ebook features the best of Publetariat’s contributed articles over the four years from many leading voices across the indie