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Amazon Publishing to Expand in US, UK, Germany

March 20th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, publishing news → 2 Comments

While many AmazonPublishing_thumb.jpgin the press have framed Amazon’s publishing efforts as being in retreat, or a failed effort, or having been stymied by B&N, Amazon doesn’t see it that way.
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Amazon Publishing Expands German-Language Publishing Imprints

March 12th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Germany, publishing news → No Comments

It’s been someAmazonPublishing.jpg 9 months since Amazon Publishing announced the launch of Kindle Singles in Germany, and on Wednesday Amazon expanded their efforts with a new German-language publishing imprint.
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Open Road Media Buys eBook Distributor E-Reads

February 10th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · E-Reads, Open Road, publishing news → No Comments

Open RoadORlogo1[1] Integrated Media announced this morning that they are acquiring E-Reads, one of the early ebook distributors. E-Reads was founded in 1999 by Richard Curtis, and currently distributes 1,200 (mainly mid-list) titles. This acquisition brings Open Road’s catalog to around 5,700 titles, including original works from a number of authors.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Open Road did indicate that it was financed by existing funds, including the $11 million in capital raised last year. Curtis will continue to run E-Reads after the deal is finalized. It’s expected that the tees will be dotted and the eyes crossed by the 1st of April.

This deal is but the latest sign of an industry in flux. Digital publishing has seen any number of high profile mergers over the past few years, including 3M buying txtr in 2011, Penguin getting into bed with Author Solutions in 2012, and Firebrand Technologies acquiring eBook Architects in 2013. And given the heightened state of flux following the decline of the Nook and the end of agency pricing, 2014 promises to be a big year for mergers.


Amazon Expands Their Content Licensing Arm With Veronica Mars, GI Joe

February 5th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Kindle World, publishing news → No Comments

Amazonkindleworldslogo._V383881373_[1] Publishing announced this morning that they had secured new licensing deals with Warner Brothers, Hasbro, Valiant Entertainment, and best-selling authors Marcus Sakey and Theresa Ragan.
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Amazon Launches New Christian Publishing Imprint

January 23rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Christian, publishing news → No Comments

Amazon AmazonPublishing_thumb.jpgexpanded on their publishing efforts today with the launch of a new imprint. Brilliance Publishing, the audiobook publisher that Amazon acquired in 2007, will take another step into print publishing with the launch of Waterfall Press.
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Let the Merger-Mania Commence – Kensington Publishing Buys Digital Indie Lyrical Press

January 2nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Digital-First, Indie, publishing news → 1 Comment

Kensington-logo-300x193[1]Kensington Publishing is kicking off the new year with an acquisition.

They’ve just bought Lyrical Press, a digital first indie publisher that focused on romance and erotica (with a dash of SF and YA). The deal includes Lyrical Press’s 250 title backlist, and Lyrical will continue to operate as one of Kensington’s dozen imprints. Renee Rocco, who founded Lyrical Press in 2007, will be Managing Director of the imprint.
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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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eBook Royalty Calculator Tells You When You’ll Get Paid And How Much

December 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · ebook sales, ebook tools, Indie, publishing news → 4 Comments

Indie authorsebook royalty calculator are used to making back of the envelope calculations on when and how much they’ll be paid, but thanks to a nifty new royalty calculator a lot of the guesswork is over.
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Indie Authors Are Getting Clobbered by Big Name eBook Discounts – But Not For The Reason You Think

December 10th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · ebook sales, publishing news → 47 Comments

If you’ve ebook-best-seller-pricing-aug-2012-to-nov-2013[1]been following ebook news over the past 6 months then you’ve noticed that ebook prices have tended to drop. In fact, the average prices of ebook bestseller lists have shown a fairly consistent downward trend for the past year as more and more titles exit agency price controls and enter the free market.
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Amazon Doubles Down on Short Fiction Publishing With the Launch of StoryFront

December 4th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, publishing news → 1 Comment

Flush with thestoryfront early success of their Day One literary magazine, AmazonĀ  announced today that they are expanding their efforts with the launch of a new publishing imprint which will focus on short fiction.
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