Kindle Unlimited

Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

Fun reading vs. research: The Kindle Unlimited angle

By Joanna Cabot
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I can just press a button on my Kindle, type in a subject and download a book without paying tons of tiny fees. Until recently, however, I hadn’t noticed how little Kindle Unlimited time I was actually spending on novels. So many ‘short, quick [...]

J.A. Konrath doubles his earnings from the new Kindle Unlimited payment scheme

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The other day I discussed what Hugh Howey thought of the new Kindle Unlimited. Here’s a similar post from J.A. Konrath. Konrath reports that his Kindle Unlimited earnings went from $5,700 in June to $11,600 in July, while his Kindle digital sales went from $9,300 to $10,550. Konrath discusses his [...]

Doing the math on Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

There has been much grumbling about the Kindle Unlimited payment terms change, though folks like author Hugh Howey have pointed out that it probably didn’t affect the payout by a huge amount in the grand scheme of things. But now that it’s been around for a month or so, there’s been time for [...]

What can we learn from a ‘Kindle Gold Rusher’?

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 11 Comments

Here’s a story that’s been getting some play over the last couple of days. There’s a piece on The Hustler from a fellow named Sidd Finch who reportedly makes $150,000 a year by gaming the system on Amazon as a “Kindle Gold Rusher”. (Found via The Passive Voice.) He started out by looking [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Find Kindle Unlimited Books

By Joanna Cabot
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here is something which took me longer than it should have to figure out how to do: filter a Kindle search result to show only books which are available on Kindle Unlimited. Ready? On Your Computer 1) Go to and do a search for a Kindle book. 2) In the sidebar, a little checkbox will pop [...]

Writer Inc: Month 2

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

It has been an exciting first month for me on the Kindle store. I sold 5 books, and released my latest title just before the weekend. I am learning a lot about the eBook business as I go! Here are a few insights from my second month on the Kindle store: 1) Kindle Unlimited has its uses. After [...]

Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If [...]

Morning Links: Instapaper Opens API. Gaming the System

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Instapaper Opens Its API, Gives Free Users More App Options (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instapaper announced on its blog yesterday that it was loosening a restriction on the Instapaper API, finally making it possible for free Instapaper users to use any 3rd-party app which supports Instapaper. [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Return a Kindle Unlimited Book

By Joanna Cabot
June 9, 2015 // 4 Comments

Welcome to a new Teleread feature—Tutorial Tuesday! Every week, we’ll post a quick little how-to for all you eBook fans out there. Want to learn where to get new content? How to get it onto your reader? How to optimize your reading experience, no matter which app or device you are [...]

Kindle Unlimited, Two Weeks Later: The Netflix-ization of Books (For Me)

By Joanna Cabot
April 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

I am two weeks into my Kindle Unlimited free trial, and already, I am noticing that this service is having the same effect on me that Netflix had on my TV and movie viewing—I am caring less about consuming media that isn’t there. Let me give you an example. When I moved in with the [...]

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