If it’s indie author news, ALLi has it. Welcome to our new fortnightly look at what’s happening in the global self-publishing community, including platforms and services, competitions and funding, industry movers and shakers - and the odd snatch of (reliable)…
Rakuten sells Overdrive to the same equity firm that bought audiobook platform RB Media, and Romance Writers of America implodes.
Educational publishing offers opportunities for indies, as does the changing way people are reading - more on mobiles, less on ereaders.
Many more people are reading books than announced sales figures suggest, and China has become the largest book market in the world.
Walmart is going into the ebook market in a big way including audiobook subscription, thanks to a new partnership with Rakuten's Kobo and Overdrive. And Amazon has finally merged KDP Print and Createspace.