KDP expands into The Netherlands

Amazon have opened Amazon.nl, expanding now into The Netherlands, and with that comes another KDP channel. The pricing band to receive the 70% royalty is the same for the rest of the Eurozone, namely between €2,60 and €9,70. According to the fall 2013 edition of Global eBook, the Dutch were slow to embrace the ebook format but things began to change in 2011. The momentum gained further traction in 2012 when Apple, Google, and Kobo launched localized platforms, with Kobo partnering with Dutch bookseller Libris BLZ. The market has shown Read More …

KDP Select ups the ante for authors’ exclusivity with All-Stars perk

Amazon have announced the continuation of KDP Select All-Stars, a perk for authors who enroll in KDP Select in the U.S., UK, and Germany: the chance to earn bonus cash if you or your book falls in the top 100 for the month of October. The top 10 most-read authors on Amazon.com will each be paid $25,000; the top 10 on Amazon.co.uk will receive £2,000; and the top 10 on Amazon.de will receive €3,000. In theory, an author can be top selling on all three sites, and be paid for Read More …

Kindle Unlimited expands again, but is it worth it to enroll?

[UPDATE December 2014: Now available on Amazon Brazil. UPDATE February 2015: Available on Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico. UPDATE September 2015: Available on Amazon India. UPDATE November 2016: Available on Amazon Australia.] Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited has expanded to Spain and Italy, adding to its availability in the UK, U.S., Germany, France, and Japan. Titles enrolled in KDP Select are automatically enrolled in Unlimited, and authors do not have the ability to remain in Select but opt out of Unlimited. This is problematic for authors who support the concept of the Kindle Owners Lending Read More …

Third edition of The Global Indie Author now available in Canada

Well, after much trial and tribulation, the third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in Canada. Readers can find it on Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.ca. By the way, that “Usually delivers in 3-5 weeks” declaration on the Amazon.ca website is nonsense; the book delivers in less than a week. The extended delivery time is just part of Amazon/CreateSpace’s strategy against competitor Lightning Source, which, incidentally, is covered in detail in the book. If you want to avoid supporting Amazon, buy from the Chapters/Indigo website, where the book is Read More …

Third Edition of The Global Indie Author is now available in U.S. and Europe

The third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in print on Amazon U.S., UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. All other territories coming soon! eBooks are also on the way. As mentioned in my previous post, the third edition features a new cover, new subtitle — to reflect the truly global phenomenon that self-publishing has become — and a great deal of new content (over 80 pages). The technical chapters have been completely overhauled to deal with the complexities of image handling, the increasing frustrations of font Read More …

Unpacking Amazon’s propaganda

As the dispute between Amazon and Hachette ramped up earlier this year, Amazon tried to exercise some leverage by delaying the sale of Hachette titles as well as increasing print book prices and changing Amazon’s algorithms to Hachette’s disadvantage. Hachette authors took to social media, and Amazon customers, accustomed to finding what they want at prices they like, were similarly annoyed. In an attempt to counter the barrage of bad publicity, on 29 July Amazon posted their version of events on the Kindle Forum. The delivery of the message on Read More …

Significant changes to Kindle image requirements

Updated 31 May 2014: Amazon have upped the maximum pixel limit again for ebook covers and are now asking for cover images to be “2820 pixels on the shortest side and 4500 pixels on the longest side” for best quality. Maximum file size is still 5MB. Minimum pixel dimensions for covers are 625 x 1000 pixels. This new size strikes me as overkill. The highest resolution device that Kindle produces is 2560 pixels; why would Amazon want 4500 pixels? Your guess is as good as mine. For internal images, the Read More …

Amazon removes minimum payment thresholds

Amazon announced today that they have removed the minimum payment thresholds for all sale jurisdictions except Brazil; the amount for Brazil remains at R$20.00 for Brazilian publishers and $100/£100/€100 for non-Brazilian publishers. Note this new payment schedule applies only to authors receiving KDP royalties by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Authors with below-minimum royalties currently held in trust will receive payment shortly. This comes just as I was preparing to look into the legality of Amazon withholding payment after the year in which royalties are earned. This practice placed authors in Read More …