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Smashwords Introduces Assetless Preorders

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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Vook Relaunches as Pronoun – A Free Self-Publishing Platform

Vook originally launched in 2009 as a digital content creation platform for e-books. Over the past year Vook has acquired  boutique e-publisher Byliner  and e-book data analysis engine Booklr. Vook has decided to combine the digital technologies of Byliner and Booklr and relaunch itself as an ‘author-friendly’ and author-centric book publishing platform called Pronoun. The

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Author Solutions Due to File More Papers in New York Lawsuit

Dorsey & Whitney, the law firm representing Author Solutions in a class action lawsuit currently lodged with the Southern District of New York, is due to file more legal papers by close of business today, 14th May 2015. Lawyers at Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart (GSAS) are representing several authors who contracted services from Author Solutions and the law firm has so

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FastPencil Back in the Hands of Founder Steve Wilson

Courier Corporation, a large US book manufacturer and content management provider, has agreed a deal to sell its self-publishing service provider and writing community FastPencil back to former owner Steve Wilson. Wilson and Michael Ashley founded FastPencil in 2007, but sold it to Courier six years later for $5 million. While outwardly FastPencil has grown — providing the publishing

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