TikTok's new creator pool the latest move to cap creator earnings from subscription while Kindle Unlimited paid indies $450m in 2021.
Amazon launches Kindle Vella offering serial subscription publishing and reading, and London Book Fair 2021 announces it will be digital.
Today's authors can be creative business owners building independent publishing enterprises based on intellectual property (IP). Yet many independent authors forgo their independence, and compromise the value of their IP, by signing or assigning their books exclusively to another business without due diligence. This post explores the important principle of publishing inclusivity for authors and the dangers of going exclusive with one publisher or one self-publishing service.
Bookshop.org is coming to the UK, Disney Plus goes large on subscription, and ALLi holds its Self-publishing Advice Conference.
Audible Captions settles its dispute with publishers, Kindle Unlimited pays over $250m for the second year in a row, and piracy is in the news.
Unsure of the best distribution strategy for your books - to go exclusive with KDP Select or to go wide with other distribution platforms? John Doppler explains the concepts, with helpful input from Mark Coker and Joanna Penn.
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.
Amazon Prime raises the price of its full year Prime membership, Barnes & Noble adds new features to its self-publishing dashboard, and the Young Writer of the Year Award is open once again to indies.
Amazon has taken action against manipulators of its Kindle Unlimited programme, as well as more hapless terms and conditions violators. They have also launched Great on Kindle, a scheme for non-fiction ebook authors.
A glitch on KDP's site revealed a surprise: an option for an as-yet-unimplemented 50% royalty rate. What does this mean for indie authors?
This week's top self-publishing news stories for indie authors, including Amazon's crackdown on fraud, Kobo's new audio service & falling ebooks sales.