One of the great advantages of self-publishing is speed to market. In the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest author survey, this was found to be in an important factor for authors when considering publishing options.
But can that advantage sometimes be a disadvantage?
The marketplace is the ideal testing ground for writing, some authors say, but producing an inferior product and establishing a poor brand among readers could hurt one’s career.
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Big Authors, Movie Tie-ins, Reissues and More (DBW)
Penguin Random House gets on the ebook best-seller list every which way. This week, the publisher has 17 books out of 25 on the ebook best-seller list. More.
Value Added to Ebooks (Pub Lunch)
A European court has ruled that it’s okay for different countries to have different value-added taxes for ebooks. The ruling is rendered meaningless for ebook retailers headquartered in countries where VAT is very low (allowing them to charge readers less). Starting in 2015, VAT will be based on where the reader is located – not the retailer.
HarperCollins to Help Indies Over Holidays (DBW)
A new expedited shipping program from HarperCollins is aimed at helping indie bookstores close the speed gap with competitors.
Libraries Angry at OverDrive Changes (PW)
In a letter to OverDrive, librarians are protesting a change that would hand over the ebook reader relationship to OverDrive, taking it away from the library.
Kindle Launching in Netherlands? (The Digital Reader)
Rumor has it that Amazon plans on launching a Dutch Kindle Store next month.
Vook Deal Good for Byliner Authors? (Pub Perspectives)
In short, yes.
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Amazon Adds to KDP Select Pot, Skews Toward Top Authors (The Digital Reader)
Amazon has added nearly $3 million to the payout pool for Kindle Direct Publishing Select authors, who earn additional revenue when their ebooks are borrowed from the Kindle Owners Lending Library or from Kindle Unlimited. The payments will skew to the top performing authors, with the top 100 indie authors and top 100 titles getting bonuses.
Read an Ebook This Week (L.A. Times)
The first-ever “Read an Ebook” day is Thursday. Are you ready to curl up with your favorite electronic device? Or, better yet, are you taking advantage of the new holiday by engaging readers?