Amazon Sues Users of Fiverr Over Fake Reviews

Writerful Books do not charge to write books reviews on Amazon.

In April of this year, Amazon filed suit against the operators of websites that offered Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake, four and five-star reviews of their products. Most of those websites have now been closed, and Amazon took action against the sellers involved. Now Amazon is continuing its crackdown on fake reviews by

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Amazon Policy Change to End Reviews on Free Kindle eBooks?

Amazon's policy change will affect reviews on free kindle ebooks.

Amazon has recently changed it’s policy which suggests it may be considering stopping people who download free kindle eBooks from being able to write reviews. This could potentially have repurcussions for self-published authors. If you are an indie author using free eBooks to get reviews it may be prudent to review these policy changes and possibly reconsider changing tactics. Amazon’s

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The Sins of the Author

Journalist Eamonn Duff at the launch of his book The Sins of the Father. Photo copyright of Fairfax Media.

Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media In one of Australia’s most highly publicised drug cases, Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana on a flight to Bali in 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released on parole in February 2014 but so far must remain in Bali, according to Indonesian law.

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Technology’s Impact on Publishing

Technology is changing the face of the book publishing industry according to a new study from Australia.

An Australian first study of Australian authors highlights the dramatic and profound impact that technology is having on authors and the publishing industry. Technology has opened up significant opportunities for self-publishing with the study showing that 84 per cent of fiction authors are changing the way their work is published or distributed. Technology is impacting

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Independent Authors Dominate eBook Market

eBooks on various eBook reading devices.

Independent authors and Amazon-imprint authors sell more eBooks per day than the traditional publishers combined which is the uncomfortable truth that most industry observers, and those in the Big Five publishers, find it hard to swallow. Publishing industry statistics from Nielsen, Bowker, et al who all rely purely on counting ISBNs are completely blind to this fact because

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Book Review: Dublin Seven

Dublin Seven is a novel by Irish writer, Frankie Gaffney.

Title: Dublin Seven Author: Frankie Gaffney Genre: Fiction Publisher: Liberties Press Release Date: September 19, 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 260 Synopsis: And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. Just left school and keen to assert his independence, Shane loses himself in the tail end of Celtic Tiger nightlife.

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Fake Book Reviews Undermine Amazon Ratings

Writerful Books do not charge to write books reviews on Amazon.

‘Professional review writers’ are being paid to write five-star reports to push certain books to the top of bestseller lists according to a recent news report from the UK. The report also suggests that a ghost-written eBook which was riddled with errors got to the top of the bestseller list for $56 (USD$86 or AUD$116)

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Book Review: And You May Find Yourself

'And You May Find Yourself' is a memoir written by Paul Dalgarno.

Title: And You May Find Yourself Author: Paul Dalgarno Publisher: Sleepers Publishing Release Date: September 1, 2015 Pages: 261 Synopsis: And You May Find Yourself is the hilarious and harrowing account of a Scottish émigré in Melbourne, in search of a job so that his young family can live, and desperately at odds with his

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Books Like…

Searching for books like Gone Girl or books like The Martian? Writerful Books will be adding personal recommendations of books we like.

Have you finished an amazing book recently and are looking for books like the one you just read? As avid readers we know all about searching for new books. Rather than wading through a lot of crowd-sourced books from people who are looking up books like Gone Girl or books like The Martian we thought

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Why A Librarian Banned a Book

In a library access to information and books is human right so why ban books?

Since 1982, over 11,000 books have been requested to be banned from schools or libraries.. Photo by Kevin Harber In the library world, access to information is a human right, not to be tampered with or controlled in any way. The books that line the shelves have been carefully selected by a trained librarian to

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Jasper Jones to Become a Movie

Jasper Jones is a novel written by Craig Silvey and published by Allen & Unwin.

Update: Australian-British film and stage actor Hugo Weaving who starred in movies such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Little Fish, The Matrix, V for Vendetta has been cast in Jasper Jones, set to commence principal photography on 26th October in Western Australia. Jasper Jones the 2009 novel written by

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Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones is a novel written by Craig Silvey and published by Allen & Unwin.

Title: Jasper Jones Author: Craig Silvey Genre: Coming-of-Age Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: May 9, 2010 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 322 Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his

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The Future of Books is Unwritten

The future of digital and print books is uncertain. Photo shows Man Booker prize winner and innovative Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai.

Man Booker prize winner László Krasznahorkai. Courtesy of Flavorwire. News from the Association of American Publishers that digital sales have dropped by ten percent in the first five months of 2015 has prompted big publishing to build and expand warehouse space for print books. But it isn’t just the precipitous decline in sales that is

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Interview With Jane Rawson

Australian writer Jane Rawson. Author of the book Formaldehyde.

Jane Rawson grew up in Canberra and now lives in Melbourne with a bagel-baking husband and two good looking cats. For money she writes about technology and social justice for a non-profit IT company. Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (Transit Lounge, 2013) was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award

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Do You Need a Manuscript Assessment?

Writerful Books can assess and edit your manuscript.

Writerful Books provides an affordable manuscript assessment service to unpublished writers within Australia, Britain (UK) and Ireland who require the guidance of an expert editor for a professional manuscript appraisal. A professional manuscript assessment will work on the structure, content and style of your manuscript along with many other elements such as character development, dialogue,

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Book Review: The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, Sixth Edition: A Primer on Contracts, Printing Costs, Royalties, Distribution, Ebooks, and Marketing.

Title: The Fine Print of Self-Publishing Author: Mark Levine Genre: Non-Fiction Publisher: North Loop Books Release Date: 6th edition (June 5, 2016) Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 307 The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, now in its sixth edition, has been lauded by industry professionals as the go-to book for authors considering self-publishing. The Fine Print

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Floundering

Book cover for Floundering by Australian author, Romy Ash.

Title: Floundering Author: Romy Ash Genre: Fiction Publisher: Text Publishing Release Date: March 21, 2012 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 224 Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta’s returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy

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Burial Rites

Book cover for Burial Rites.

Title: Burial Rites Author: Hannah Kent Genre: Fiction Publisher: Back Bay Books Release Date: April 1, 2014 Format: Audio / Digital / Hardback / Paperback Pages: 352 Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Australian author Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is

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The Broken Book

Book cover for The Broken Book.

Title: The Broken Book Author: Susan Johnson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Release Date: September 1, 2006 Format: Paperback Pages: 324 A remarkable story of one woman’s struggle to become the writer she has passionately planned to be her entire life—this fiercely beautiful novel conjures vivid and powerful emotions. Following the stunningly beautiful Katherine

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