Kindle Store

How to fill your Kindle with free and discounted titles

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 19, 2015 // 4 Comments

No, this isn’t the obvious call to go to Gutenberg and download out-of-copyright titles, handy as that is. But it is a testament to how useful a good grasp of the deal alert resources out there – and by no means only for the Kindle Store – can be if you want to build a great [...]

Rick Chapman lays into Amazon advocates, KDP pricing strategy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 18, 2014 // 13 Comments

Indie science fiction author and business book writer Rick Chapman has unleashed a long diatribe against Amazon’s pricing model for Kindle Direct Publishing, which does make some valid points – although they’re buried among a screed against Amazon’s defenders (who he [...]

Dutch treat, Dutch auction, Dutch date … Amazon dares storm of Dutch epithets going Dutch in Netherlands

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

I hope no Dutch uncle is going to get me in Dutch over all my Dutchisms (or should they be Netherlandisms?) in this article, but how else to convey the news that Amazon has opened a Dutch website, Amazon.nl, offering its wares in the Netherlands? This already includes extensive Kindle ebook [...]

Guide to How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent up for free on Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

There’s still plenty of (justifiable) debate over the need for literary agents in this post-disruption self-publishing age. Whatever your views on the value of agents, or the defensive posturing of certain senior representatives of the breed, though, you’d be a brave author or pundit to [...]

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon. And wants you to hate Amazon too

By libertyc
December 6, 2013 // 12 Comments

Next time you’re tempted to join a Boycott Amazon campaign, here’s something you might want to reflect on. An Amazon trade presentation, Tweeted by a conference attendee and spread first via Writer.ly then by an article in The Guardian, has declared that “A Quarter of top 100 on [...]

UK government to storm Amazon's gates?

By libertyc
November 27, 2013 // 2 Comments

Lest anyone think that Amazon’s encroachment into the UK book world is a wee little thing, we have Seni Glaister, CEO of UK online book retailer The Book People, to put us straight, as she did at The Bookseller’s London Futurebook Conference a short time ago. “It’s a dystopian [...]

The Kindle Paperwhite is getting around!

By Andrys Basten
February 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is definitely going global: A few weeks ago, it was Canada, where the Paperwhite could be found in the Amazon Canada Kindle Store. Now it’s (finally) not only shipping to Australia, where it’s been eagerly awaited—it’s also available (in both [...]

Breaking News: Kindle Store Live at Amazon.ca!

By libertyc
December 7, 2012 // 5 Comments

Numerous blogs are reporting that a Kindle store is now live at Amazon.ca. Before we all get too excited, I should clarify that this looks to be e-books only. While apps for various platforms are listed, there are no hardware Kindles on offer, and when I went looking for them on the main Amazon.ca [...]

The Strand Book Store Fights Back

By libertyc
September 22, 2012 // 7 Comments

If you’re a book lover who lives anywhere near the Mason-Dixon Line, you’re probably familiar with the Strand. The legendary new-and-used bookstore in Manhattan’s East Village is famous for its claim of being home to “18 miles of books.” (Full disclosure: A little [...]

In the UK, e-book sales are up, and (some) book prices are down

By libertyc
September 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, The Telegraph reported that digital sales of fiction titles in the UK were up an impressive 188 percent (by value) in the first six months of 2012, when compared to the same period last year. As for digital sales of nonfiction e-books, they’ve raised 128 percent in the UK. Sales of [...]

Access Kindle Store Mobile Sites in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain with These Short Links, by Piotr Kowalczyk

By libertyc
February 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’m a mobile freak, spending a lot of time on enhancing my daily life with the smartphone in every possible way. I also share tips on how to better experience ebook-reading with mobile phones. Many users own smartphones, but they are not aware how good their devices are for reading-related [...]

French Kindle store opens

By libertyc
October 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

Today Amazon opened a French Kindle store, joining its already existing USA, UK, and German stores. The French store will serve customers in France, Belgium, Monaco, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Along with the new store, Amazon is selling a French edition of its lowest-end non-touch Kindle (the one [...]

How did the big publishers fare in Amazon’s “Big Deal” sale?

By Chris Walters
August 2, 2011 // 1 Comment

From July 18-27, Amazon ran its second big ebook sale of the year, only this time it managed to get the Big 6 publishers on board with titles. Now that the sale has ended, Dan Lubart of eBook MarketView has parsed the publicly available data to determine whether those publishers benefited from [...]

Power of the Catalog: Kindle Undercuts Agency Model Pricing by Adding 5,000 Titles a Day, 80% Priced Between $5 and $9.98

By libertyc
May 24, 2010 // 2 Comments

It has been only 15 days since our last systematic look at the population of ebook price points in the Kindle Store, but there are two reasons why it makes a lot of sense to take a fresh look today: first, Amazon fulfilled its plan to restructure its Kindle Store bestseller lists and divide them [...]

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