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Here’s Why Amazon Won’t be Cutting KDP Payment Rates to 35%

December 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, KDP, publishing news → 23 Comments

There’s a 6540927485_b37108f20d[1]frightening what-if nightmare going around indie publishing circles this week. It’s scaring the children, giving many heart palpitations, but actually has very little chance of ever happening.

The “sky is falling” scenario originated over at KBoards, where one author wrote:
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Debunked: No, Amazon Isn’t Banning Short-Short Fiction From the Kindle Store

April 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, KDP → 10 Comments

3446170224_b96f36178b[1]There is a report over on KBoards earlier this week that Amazon might be about to adopt a new minimum word count for ebooks sold in the Kindle Store.

According to the email that one author received, Amazon is going to remove ebooks that are less than 2,500 words long.
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Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Hits 300,000 Titles

April 25th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, KDP → 2 Comments

images-9[1]Amazon has release their quarterly statement today, and buried in among the generally good financial news were a few dribblets of info about the Kindle.
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Amazon is Now Beta Testing an Automated Cover Generator for Kindle eBooks

April 3rd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · ebookstore news, KDP, Self-Pub → 47 Comments

kindle cover generatorThe cover image for an ebook is important to its success, but it’s also a rather difficult skill to master. Not everyone has the artistic skills to design a good cover, but in the not too distant future that will no longer be a problem.

There’s been no announcement from Amazon, but I have just learned that they are working on a new tool that will help self-pub authors make book covers cheaply, cleanly, and well.

A reader sent me this screen shot earlier today:
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Amazon Expands 70% Royalty Option to Japan, Brazil – But There’s a Catch

February 28th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · KDP → No Comments

kdp-amazon[1]Here’s an old piece of news that appears to have gone unreported (I missed it at the time, at least).

Remember when Amazon launched the Kindle Store in India, and then started offering the 70% royalty option for any KDP ebooks sold there? That deal came with a catch; in addition to certain pricing restrictions authors and publishers could only take the better terms if they also agreed to put their ebooks into KDP Select and give Amazon an exclusive on the ebooks.

When I covered that story back in September 2012 I predicted that Amazon would extend the requirement of exclusivity to the not-yet-launched Kindle Stores in Japan and Brazil, and it looks like I was correct.
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Don’t be Taken in by Amazon’s News About KDP Success Stories

January 7th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, KDP → 20 Comments

kdp-amazon[1]Amazon put out a press release in the UK today that talks up the success a few authors are having in self-publishing their ebooks via Amazon KDP. They’re boasting about details like 15 of the top 100 best selling ebooks were self-published titles, and:
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What Exactly Does Amazon Mean by “High Risk Publishing Activity”?

November 8th, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, KDP → 2 Comments

It’s time to engage your mind-reading skills, folks; Amazon is sending out cryptic emails again.

A number of my readers are self-published authors so you might have seen one of these, but I just heard about it yesterday. There’s an unresolved but dormant discussion over on KindleBoards. One author reported that shortly after she adjusted the prices of one of her books, Amazon froze the book and posted a notice that it was under review.

After waiting a few days for Amazon to clear up the matter, she sent an email asking WTH was going on and was told this:
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