Manchester is an ‘Indie Publishing Hotspot’

Manchester has recently been identified as "an indie publishing hotspot".

Manchester has recently been identified as “an indie publishing hotspot” according to Amazon which has revealed statistics from its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) programme. The city of Manchester is home to more independently published authors per capita than any other town or city in the UK, based on Amazon’s ranking of the highest concentrations of

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New Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon Direct Publishing is a platform for self-published authors.

Update: BookCon has announced Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown for June 3 and 4 as panellists. Judges are to be announced soon, and will comprise industry specialists both inside and outside Amazon. The shortlist is to be announced in early June, with an announcement of the winner at an event in central London in July. Amazon

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Kindle Instant Previews

Kindle Instant Book Previews allows customers to read previews of kindle books anywhere for free.

Amazon has launched a new widget called Kindle Instant Previews which allows authors, publishers and Amazon associates to embed samples of books onto their websites and blog pages allowing the customer to read a preview of the book anywhere for free. This simple widget allows authors and publishers to increase views of their books and

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Amazon’s New Bookstore

Amazon has opened a new bookstore called Amazon Books.

Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it’s predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying

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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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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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Ebook Sales Decline Following Amazon Change

Amazon kindle image courtesy of Wall Street Journal.

WSJ: When the world’s largest publishers struck e-book distribution deals with Amazon.com Inc. over the past several months, they seemed to get what they wanted: the right to set the prices of their titles and avoid the steep discounts the online retail giant often applies. But in the early going, that strategy doesn’t appear to

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