Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions Amazon Marketing Publishing

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make. The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below. The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select – Amazon’s program which offers various additional marketing tools in exchange for exclusivity. Author compensation will be similar to borrows under the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – Read More…

15 Ways Amazon Can Improve Kindle Direct Publishing Amazon Marketing Publishing

At the London Book Fair in April, I had the opportunity to meet representatives from Amazon and present a list of feature requests and complaints (from the comments of this post with an assist from KBoards). I spent quite a bit of time going through the list and felt that everything got a fair hearing. Amazon said that a lot of this stuff is in the pipeline in one form or another (although judgement will have to be reserved until we see how it’s implemented) and the rest of the issues and feature requests would be passed along to the relevant department. This isn’t the full list I presented, but it’s the issues I’d like to focus on today: 1. More Read More…

Amazon Opens Japanese Kindle Store Amazon Publishing

Amazon will open a Kindle Store in Japan tomorrow – October 25 – after months of speculation (and the summer entrance into the Japanese market of up-and-coming rivals  Kobo). According the the press release from Amazon, customers in Japan can now pre-order the Paperwhite for an extremely competitive 8,480 yen ($106), with the 3G version costing 12,980 yen ($163) – although neither will ship until November 19. US customers will notice that makes the Paperwhite marginally cheaper in Japan than America. The new Fire won’t ship to Japan until December 19, but it can be pre-ordered with similarly competitive pricing – 12,800 yen ($160) – with the HD version coming in at 15,800 yen ($198). The Japanese Kindle Store will open tomorrow Read More…

The Indian Kindle Store Isn't The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

The Indian Kindle Store Isn’t The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

How To Query Amazon: The Little Goat That Could Amazon Writing

This wasn’t supposed to happen to George Berger, especially when he was this close to throwing in the towel. You see, George made a (rather public) vow after two years of tepid sales – he would give it one more shot, and, if his latest story was also universally ignored, he would hang up his quill, for good. His next release wasn’t overflowing with obvious commercial potential. It was, after all, a coming-of-age story about a goat. On top of that, it was a defiantly literary story – and fans of same have been relatively slow to switch to digital. And, being a 12,000 word novella, only an e-book edition was planned. Undeterred, and with his vow to quit fresh in Read More…