Outrage in France Over Book Award Winner


The link below is to an article that reports on outrage in France over a book award winner – a self-published book winner on Amazon.

For more visit:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/15/french-bookshops-revolt-after-prize-selects-novel-self-published-on-amazon

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Self-Publishing Audiobooks


The link below is to an article that takes a look at self-publishing audiobooks.

For more visit:
https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/how-to-self-publish-an-audiobook-the-best-pc-apps

Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks


TIME

Amazon announced Thursday that it’s making it possible for authors to create and distribute digital textbooks using its self-publishing tool, Kindle Direct Publishing.

The e-commerce giant expects the new initiative mostly to be used by independent authors, particularly those who have regained the rights to their textbooks, or smaller publishers. The self-published textbooks, Amazon expects, would be purchased and read mostly by higher education students.

“A professor might have an extra packet for their class that they could upload and make digitally available,” says a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Textbook writers will be paid on Amazon’s familiar royalty scheme: for all textbooks priced under $9.99, authors will earn 70% of the royalties. For all textbooks $10 and over, authors receive just 35%. That model helps Amazon encourage authors to price their books under $10. However, it’s unclear whether that model will disadvantage writers of textbooks, which are traditionally much more expensive…

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Amazon launches KDP Kids, a tool to help authors self-publish illustrated books


Gigaom

A whole lot of people think they have a book in them. And even more think they could write a children’s book. Amazon made that a little easier Wednesday with a new tool, KDP Kids, that aids in the creation of illustrated ebooks.

“No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated Kindle book for kids,” Russ Grandinetti, SVP of Kindle, said in a statement. (Of course, you will still need to have the illustrations at hand and in digital format. Amazon’s not doing your artwork for you, at least not yet.)

KDP Kids largely consists of a free software program, Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, that is downloadable to Mac or PC and lets authors “import artwork from popular formats, including jpg, pdf, tiff, and png,” add text to the pages and preview how it will look across Kindle devices (clearly, illustrated books…

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