Here’s how much Smashwords authors will get paid through ebook subscription service Oyster


In the past couple of months, two ebook subscription services — Oyster and Scribd — have launched. Both aim to be a “Netflix (S NFLX) for ebooks,” providing unlimited access to ebooks from a variety of publishers for a set monthly fee.

Both Oyster and Scribd have been fairly circumspect about how authors are paid when their books are accessed through the apps — in part because the terms may vary slightly by publisher. Now, though, we’re getting a little bit more information on how author payments through Oyster work.

Self-publishing distributor Smashwords is letting its authors include their ebooks in Oyster. On Friday, Smashwords CEO Mark Coker sent authors and publishers an email explaining how the financial terms of the arrangement will work:

“As a Smashwords author or publisher, you’ll earn 60 percent of your book’s retail list price whenever an Oyster subscriber reads more than 10 percent of…

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On the Books: World’s largest Shakespeare collection to go online; Whiting Writers’ Awards winners announced

Article: How to create Kindle Collections on your Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle iOS App

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Article: Nubico

The link below is to an article reporting on Nubico, yet another ebook subscription service, this time from Spain.

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28-Year-Old Eleanor Catton Just Won the Booker Prize


Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize for fiction for her 832-page murder mystery titled The Luminaries.

At 28, the author is the youngest person ever to receive the prize, which was established in 1969. To be eligible, authors must be a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Nations or Ireland.

Catton is the second New Zealander ever to win the prestigious $80,000 prize.

READ:Who Will Win the Man Booker Prize? Here’s the Shortlist


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Beautiful Library Chairs for Literary Abodes


The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, is very particular about its chairs. Only three different designs have been offered a place at the Bodleian’s tables: the 1756 Curator’s Chair, Giles Gilbert Scott’s 1936 design, and a new work from designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The duo competed for the coveted spot and won with their contemporary design that gives a nod to tradition. Never one to resist an opportunity to fantasize about making our home libraries more beautiful, we searched for innovative, stylish, and cozy library chairs that we’d love to lounge in with a great book. See if you can envision any of these pieces earning a spot in your literary abode.

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Not My Review: The History of Tom Jones – A Foundling by Henry Fielding (1749)

The link below is to a book review of ‘The History of Tom Jones – A Foundling,’ by Henry Fielding.

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Not My Review: Red Fortress – The Secret Heart of Russia’s History by Catherine Merridale

The link below is to a book review of ‘Red Fortress – The Secret Heart of Russia’s History,’ by Catherine Merridale.

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Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History by Catherine Merridale – review | Books | The Observer.