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Matador Calls Time on Poor Book Covers

Matador Calls Time on Poor Book Covers

One of the challenges for self-publishing service providers is to offer both flexibility and control for the author while still maintaining the quality of the final published book to the marketplace. Many authors who choose the self-publishing path, and find a suitable service provider, may have strong ideas on how their book cover should look. Indeed,

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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New EU VAT Law Hurting Self-Published Authors

This week the Guardian UK highlighted the effects of a new European Union (EU) law which was introduced in January this year across all 28-member states. The law addresses VAT paid on e-books and other digital services (including broadcasting and telecommunications). Up until last year VAT rates on digital services and products were applied according to the VAT rate in the country where the

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The Authors Guild Ends its Partnership with Author Solutions

The Authors Guild — a US-based organisation that supports working writers — has become the latest in a growing group of publishers and organisations to end its partnership with Author Solutions (currently the subject of a proposed class action lawsuit). The Authors Guild formed a partnership with iUniverse in 1999 to offer publishing services to its membership as part of

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Bloomsbury Set to Remove All Author Solutions’ Imprints from its Service Comparison Database

Back in September 2013 UK publisher Bloomsbury launched a resource and service comparison database for new writers and self-published authors. The database is part of Bloomsbury’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website, and its accompanying yearbook brand which provides information, articles and resources for writers. At the time of the launch Eela Devani, digital development director at Bloomsbury Publishing UK,

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