As Amazon now accounts for 49 cents of every $spent online in the US, what does that mean for indie authors? Plus an update on GDPR laws in Europe.
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A new paper from Frankfurt Book Fair makes the case that in a digital world, publishing will move in the direction of subscription and serialisation. The European Union rolls back on legislation to require us all to police every guest post we upload, and Amazon announces this year’s Prime Day.
Figures show that author incomes continue to fall. Now is the time to make your website secure or fall foul of Google’s algorithms, while you may already be falling foul of Facebook and Amazon’s.
Industry figures show both audiobook sales and ebook library borrows continue to grow rapidly, while the figures on diversity in publishing are less promising.
34% of people listened to a podcast last month, and most of them listened to nearly all of it – audio really is the future. And Wattpad remains a great way for authors to develop loyal fans and sell their work.
Amazon has taken action against one of the worst offending Kindle unlimited scammers, but in a disappointingly limited way. They are also causing a major headache for Australian customers.
Amazon has introduced new rules aimed at stopping the abuse of Kindle Unlimted, and authors fighting back against Faleena Hopkins over Cockygate score an initial win in court.
In the first week of GDPR there has been general disruption. The Cockygate incident continues to rumble on with further lawsuits being issued. And Amazon’s review policies continue to confuse.
GDPR is coming and indies need to understand what it means for them. A big breakthrough for indies is the vote by the Romantic Novelists’ Association to grant full voting rights to self-published members.
A date has been set for an end to net neutrality rules, Open Library launches an embed feature for bloggers, and Amazon considers expansion into the Arab world.