It might seem like common sense: reading makes you smarter. But it's actually a lot more complicated than that. Studies have proven not just the fact that the information contained within books can make readers into more knowledgeable, well-rounded learners, but rather that the active process of reading can alter the … [Read more...] about Reading Is Good For Your Brain…Who Knew?
The Amazon UK website has quietly been testing an ebook gifting system. This will allow users to purchase an ebook and gift to another person, as long as you have their email address. There are further options to establish a date in which the email will be sent and a little room for a custom message. The ebook gifting … [Read more...] about Amazon UK experimenting with ebook gifting system
You'd think Simon & Schuster might have thought twice about trying to get political after the fiasco of attempting to publish the vapid, pointless, hate-mongering memoir of the self-professed creator of the alt-right movement, but luckily for the publisher, their latest venture didn't tank like the Milo Yiannopoulos … [Read more...] about After Milo Fiasco, S&S Hits It Out of the Park With ‘Fear’
Ah, the good old Amazon review saga... no, it's not authors buying mass blocks of five-star reviews. Oh wait, no, it's not authors bullying reviewers for leaving bad reviews, either. Nope, it's not authors buying one-star reviews for a rival author's book. Nuh uh, it's not Amazon removing any and all reviews that seem … [Read more...] about Amazon Employees Accepting Bribes to Take Down Bad Reviews
Boersenverein and GFK have just given us an indication on the overall health of the German ebook market. They have found that in the first six months of 2018, ebook sales have risen by 16.4% and 16.7 million units have been sold. The number of customers who purchased at least one ebook increased by 6.1% to 2.7 million … [Read more...] about German ebook sales increase by 16% in the first 6 months of 2018
Never trust a skinny cook, as the old saying goes, and at the risk of body shaming anyone, Instagram "influencer" Johnna Holmgren is--to be honest--not the best source of information on how to live a healthy, robust life. Along with her chalk artist husband, the blogger's fondness for eating poisonous berries and wild … [Read more...] about Crown Publishing Recalls Cookbook Due to Poisonous Recipes
When it comes to getting the word out about their books, indie authors need all the tools they can get their hands on. It might be in the form of blog tours, book swaps, ARC giveaways, or other types of meaningful promotion, but any mechanism for putting a book in front of readers is welcomed.Amazon has now quietly … [Read more...] about New “Gift” Option for Authors to Share Books on Amazon
Whether you're a fan of the books and movie franchise or not, there's little doubt that 50 Shades and its complete line of products has made an impact. Some can argue that it brought not only indie authors but also fan fiction into the more respectable mainstream, although a growing number of critics are pointing to … [Read more...] about Fifty Shades of Bad for You?
Indie authors who took a browse through their KDP dashboards this week might have noticed a tiny new "unclickable" feature: a 50% royalty. As reported by the Alliance of Independent Authors, there are a ton of reasons why Amazon might be prepping to make 50% an option instead of the two current choices, 70% and 35%, … [Read more...] about Amazon Accidentally Drops a 50% Royalty Bombshell
Michael Wolff gained unprecedented access to Donald Trump during the past year, and the results of that access are now on sale in the form of a no-holds-barred tell-all book, Fire and Fury. The title, published by Henry Holt/Macmillan and originally slated for a January 9th release date, was pushed up to the 5th due to … [Read more...] about Trump Tell-All Fire and Fury: “It’s Like Harry Potter Mania…for Adults”
Milo Yiannopolous has made waves for years, but more recently, he made news in the publishing world for losing out on a book deal that included a $250,000 advance. A number of people assumed that Simon & Schuster cancelled his book deal for his manuscript, Dangerous, following the release of a taped interview in which … [Read more...] about Full Milo Yiannopolous Manuscript Released With Editor’s Comments
Like many other traditional publishers, Amazon Publishing has multiple imprints under its brand that specialize in different genres and categories of literature. Today, the company announced a new imprint, Amazon Original Stories, that will focus on "one sitting" fiction and non-fiction.“The goal of Amazon Original … [Read more...] about Amazon Launches New Imprint Original Stories