Kobo Cull Self-Published Titles In Knee-jerk Response To Tabloid Clickbait Bewares Publishing

A media firestorm erupted in the UK on Sunday after a tabloid story about WH Smith selling “filth” alongside books aimed at children, which has resulted in Kobo culling huge numbers of self-published titles – most of which have no erotic content whatsoever. It’s hard to know exactly how many titles Kobo has pulled. What we do know is that Kobo has removed all 7,883 self-published titles distributed to their store via Draft2Digital, as confirmed in an email from D2D’s CEO to affected authors. However, I think that’s only a tiny fraction of affected titles. Many self-published authors who distribute via the (much larger) Smashwords service have reported their books are no longer on sale on Kobo’s UK store, as Read More…

Kobo Partners With Major European Booksellers As Global English E-book Sales Surge

On Monday, we took a look at the European e-book market, on foot of the opening of Amazon Spain in September, last week’s new French Kindle Store, and widespread rumors that dedicated Kindle Stores will open in Spain and Italy shortly. One of the commenters to that piece asked about Kobo, given that I had flagged their European expansion as one to watch during the summer. I responded that Kobo had struggled to find appropriate partners in key markets. Well, that has now changed. Yesterday also saw the beginning of the Frankfurt Book Fair which is at least partly responsible for the European focus of much of the news, as well as the flurry of announcements this week, including a big Read More…