Amazon’s subscription ebook service launched in the U.S. this past July. Now Amazon takes it overseas to readers in the UK.
The program is similar, but at a higher relative price-point than the U.S. service. UK subscribers will pay a monthly fee of £7.99 to access a catalog of over 650,000 ebooks and audiobooks. In US dollars, that’s roughly $13.10.
But it’s uncertain whether that will matter much to UK readers. Kindle Unlimited is already the highest-priced ebook subscription service in the US.
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BookBub Also Goes British (DBW)
The email book marketing start-up, which raised $3.8 million earlier this year, sets up shop in the UK. BookBub is charging authors and publishers whose titles are selected for its discount program 5% more than its US price in order to be featured for UK readers.
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Penguin Random House Doubles Down on Movies (Pub Lunch)
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Authors United Takes Amazon Fight to DOJ (FT)
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Tweetable Amazon Wish Lists (TechCrunch)
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Google Makes Mobile Buys More Transparent (Good E Reader)
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Apple Buys Digital Publishing Platform (V3)
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BiblioBoard Adds LGBTQ Content (PR Web–Press Release)
To meet rising demand, the digital library platform brings its offering of LGBTQ-focused titles up over the 2,000-mark after partnering with Riptide Publishing and Dreamspinner Press.