Metadata is a constant topic of conversation in publishing circles. The more publishers I talk with, the more I hear about how homebrew metadata management systems are limiting their efforts at efficiency and longevity.
For many publishers, metadata is managed in multiple spreadsheets, Dropbox and other hacked-together tools. This leads to a variety of problems and inefficiencies, and can even result in lost information, low-quality metadata and lost sales.
Software metadata management solutions allow a publisher to avoid these issues and bring a variety of benefits to the table. Here are just a few:
1. Eliminate redundant data entry. Title management software helps you eliminate the problems that come with data entry into multiple systems, whether that’s different retailer portals or different retailer metadata spreadsheets. There is no more need to copy and paste or re-type your metadata in different spreadsheets for internal and external use.
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Ebook Sample Subscriptions and Automation (Joe Wikert)
Each time I finish a book, I end up going through the same inefficient process: I head to Amazon and a couple other sites to look for other titles on similar topics that might interest me. I usually find several candidates, and then I go through the equally inefficient process of requesting samples of those ebooks.
Amazon’s Tale of Two Borrows Continues (Pub Lunch)
Amazon announced the retroactive rate at which they will compensate Kindle Unlimited participants for books read (and subscriptions paid for) in January. The per page fell to its lowest point yet, $.00412 per page (about 4/10ths of one cent)—or 10.6 percent lower than the $0.00461 per page a month ago—while the overall pool of money paid out increased to its highest level yet, at $15 million.
The KDP Delivery Fee for Large Books (Chris McMullen)
If you price your Kindle ebook between $2.99 and $9.99, you’re eligible for the 70-pecent royalty option. However, Amazon charges a delivery fee of 15 cents per megabyte (Mb) for US sales. (It’s £0.10 per Mb for UK sales. I will focus on US sales in this article.) The delivery fee is subtracted from the list price before multiplying by 70 percent. If you’re planning to set the list price of your Kindle ebook between $2.99 and $9.99, you know that a smaller converted .mobi file size results in a smaller delivery fee. So it’s intuitive to assume that reducing the file size will lead to a larger royalty.
Startup of the Week: Book in a Box (Futurebook)
The concept behind Book in a Box—that aspiring authors can outsource the entire writing and publishing process—might be controversial, but then founder Max Tucker has made a bestselling publishing career out of profitable controversy.