I have a daily Google alert set up for any mention of “Kindle” or “Nook” in the news. Mostly I just see boring posts about how eBooks are a thing of the past (don’t believe it!) or advertisements for selling Kindles or Nooks. But occasionally, I find a real winner. Today I saw a link that said, “Need a ghostwriter and editor for my Kindle Ebook.” I clicked on it and found the following advertisement:
Check out that budget… Yep, a $25 budget for writing a 50-page book. I thought my hard-working author visitors would get a real kick out of that. The topic isn’t even defined! The guy (woman?) who posted this, and said he was looking for an expert-level assistant, will pay you a whopping $25 to write a 50-page book for him, and you apparently even get to choose the topic.
In a quiet resolution to the eBook price-fixing uproar, eBook customers began seeing small credits applied to their accounts this month. The credits are valid for about a year.
Amazon has made it ridiculously easy to embed a book preview on your website. It’s now a one-two-three step process. Simply find the book on their site, click the “embed” link in the social media list, and add the provided HTML to your site (I can help with that). Read more on Amazon.
Thank you for visiting my newly re-designed site. Please be patient while I work out any kinks that might exist, and please let me know if you see any broken links or weird things going on!
What’s with the image of the palm trees, you ask? That’s just where I’d prefer to be right now—under a nice palm tree—compared to freezing New Hampshire! 😉
According to Nielsen, book sales have risen again in 2015, after dropping in 2012. But the real question is why? Several articles published in the last week include charts showing that book sales have risen and include data that sales of eReader devices have dropped off, but I am left wondering if it has more to do with people having a bit more money than a renewed interest in the printed word. And as for eReader device sales dropping off–eventually they have to, right? Once a family of four has six or seven eReader devices, they really don’t need to upgrade to the latest and greatest eReader every year, do they? In my profession as an eBook formatter, I own no less than seven eReader devices, including three Kindle Fires. But which device do I prefer for reading? My old black-and-white Kindle that I bought a few years ago–it’s lightweight, easy on the eyes, and convenient. And until I manage to sit on it, I won’t be buying another one for my personal use. I tend to think there are others who must agree with me, and remain unimpressed by all the naysayers claiming the end of the digital word!
Am I right? That remains to be seen, but history tells us that new technology is infrequently completely abandoned once it gains a toehold–it just gets better.
I’ve been working non-stop for the last several weeks to try to get out all the books for the holiday season, and look forward to the busy season continuing through the coming months. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
Flipkart, which has been selling eBooks in the Indian market since 2012, has decided to stop selling eBooks because the market just isn’t there in that country, where the sale of physical books still dominates. Existing customers will be serviced by Canada’s Kobo, according to an article by thetechportal.in.
Barnes & Noble reported a loss of $39.2 million in the third quarter this year, as it continues its struggle to stay in the book business, rather than the toys and art supply business… or perhaps they really do want to just become a game store. What does this mean for authors? Focus on those Kindle sales!
Read more at deadline.com.
Somehow I must have missed the news… And in case you, my reader, did too, I’m sharing it!
Amazon is selling their 7-inch Kindle Fire for only $49.99 (and I’m betting it will be even less over Thanksgiving week). This price is astonishing… I don’t remember how much I paid for my first 7-inch Kindle, in an earlier generation than this one, but I think it was in the neighborhood of $200.
So now there are no excuses, all you authors-without-eReaders! Pick up a Kindle today and see your book the way it is supposed to look! 😉 At this price point, you won’t regret it.
Barnes & Noble, according to an article by goodereader.com, appears to be discouraging their Read-in-Store program, which allowed Nook owners to settle in for an hour and read a book for free inside the store. Is this another sign that they’ll be getting rid of the Nook altogether?