Amazon has been slowly edging out its own competition by morphing authors over to the newer KDP Print platform instead of the original CreateSpace platform for print-on-demand books. Initially, the KDP Print upload process was just another avenue for self-published titles that were already making their way to ebook via KDP. The only benefit at the onset was the you had one … [Read more...] about KDP Print launches expanded distribution to bookstores
According to a report from a local newspaper, Amazon is the latest major company to plan ahead for an uncertain economic front by laying off employees. Unlike major corporations like Walmart/Sams's Club, Carrier, AT&T, and Comcast, Amazon's layoffs were very specific in nature and could be more a sign of the times than an economic struggle.Amazon-owned Createspace is laying … [Read more...] about Amazon Layoffs in SelfPub Division
Amazon owns CreateSpace, the print-on-demand solution that allows indie authors to produce print editions of their work and then seamlessly integrate them into Amazon's online bookstore. CreateSpace started out as an independent company before being bought by the online retailer some time ago, and as such, CS has kept its own online bookstore in operation all this time. But … [Read more...] about CreateSpace Is Closing Its Online Bookstore
Never one to be a naysayer, we at GoodEReader ordinarily go fan-girl level crazy over a new startup that innovates anything to do with digital publishing. But a new beta program from Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing seems to solve a problem that no one has.Until now, authors who wished to create an ebook for sale on Amazon went through a fairly straightforward upload … [Read more...] about Does KDP Paperback Publishing Really Solve Anything?
A number of authors have been delighted and/or perplexed to find a new designation next to their books' titles in their KDP dashboards, and that's the option to create a print version of their ebooks. With some authors taking to publishing forums to find out more, the consensus seems to be that Amazon may be shifting its print arm to this model rather than … [Read more...] about What Is KDP Print?
Amazon has announced a fall-themed event sure to get any book lover to set down the pumpkin spice latte and snatch up their Kindle. The Powered by Indie event is a celebration of the great books that self-published authors and small press publishing houses have released, and Amazon is offering some pretty incredible opportunities for readers and writers alike."Throughout … [Read more...] about P.K. Tyler and the Power of the Indie Author
The end is almost near for this year's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, hosted by Amazon and CreateSpace. A contest that began in January with 10,000 entries from authors across a spectrum of genres has now been whittled away to just five finalists. At each stage in the contest, the field of entries is narrowed dramatically, leading up to today's announcement of the five … [Read more...] about Five ABNA Category Winners Annouced
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards have reached the next stage in the process, the quarter finals. Here, the overwhelming number of entries was cut down to 100 entires in each of the five categories, and in this stage, the authors who have made it this far receive something a little extra for their accomplishment: a Publisher's Weekly review.Author Kelly Stone Gamble, … [Read more...] about ABNA Awards Reach Quarter Finals
It's been quite a month for the publishing industry. We could actually argue that 2014 has already been quite a year for publishing, but truth be told, we'd have to be really honest and say that the 21st century has really had some fun with publishing. We've seen mergers between major publishing houses, intense growth at the world's largest ebook retailer, daily rumors … [Read more...] about Author Russell Blake on the Publishing Climate
When self-publishing first began to take off as a viable option for authors (at least in terms of publishing and book sales, if not exactly for acceptance and respect), a typical scenario involved "resorting" to self-publishing after disappointment from the traditional industry. But that is rapidly changing, with more and more authors not even considering traditional publishing … [Read more...] about The “New” Self-Publishing