A few months ago I started selling kinky eBooks for the Kindle, and it's been great. I'm paying my rent doing something I enjoy! But tonight I read this Salon.com article
, and it's scary as hell. Amazon is reportedly testing Kindle Unlimited, a service allowing readers to download unlimited books for a flat monthly fee. I've spent hours tonight trying to determine how this will affect self-publishers. Can anybody walk me through the likely scenarios, and talk me down from this panic attack? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Jul 16, 2014 -
After this FPP
on Amazon's questionable tactics dealing with Hachette (and in particular, Michael Sullivan's article
on the matter, in which he mentions developing "a direct sales channel" with readers), and mathowie's comment
in the MeFi funding thread on True Fans
, help me find a better way to support authors than binging on the Kindle Book Store (where the majority of my payment apparently goes to publishers and distributors - boo!). Difficulty level: hard SF (think Greg Egan), space opera (think Banks' Culture series); ebooks preferred. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop
on May 24, 2014 -
I often find, when I go to buy ebooks for my kindle, that Amazon does not carry the ebook title I am looking for. What are good sites to buy the ebooks that Amazon *doesn't* carry?
posted by The locked room sockpuppet
on May 24, 2014 -
An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas
on Feb 15, 2014 -
So I've been downloading books to my iPad's Kindle app from Amazon, and also downloading from Project Gutenberg to my desktop PC and mailing them to my Kindle address to get them on the iPad. And I've got a small but annoying problem.
In the ebooks it sells from its site, Amazon lists the author as, for example, "Doyle, Arthur Conan," while the .mobi files from Project Gutenberg list the author as "Arthur Conan Doyle."
Thus the Amazon files sort under D for Doyle while the Project Gutenberg files show up under A for Arthur.
Is there a way to edit the .mobi files to change the author's names to match Amazon's format and get everybody's works to come together in the same place?
posted by Naberius
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for warnings or limitations for publishing adult/mature erotic fiction through Kindle Direct Publishing, and I'm worried about pitfalls and I haven't yet found any direct language about content or rated content or the like. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 30, 2013 -
I've had a Kindle Keyboard with lighted case that I've been pretty happy with for a couple of years. However, I'm thinking of upgrading to the Paperwhite for the improved display. Is it worth the price, and is there any trade-off in battery life? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on May 10, 2013 -
Years ago, I wrote a novel. I am not interested in seeking out a publisher for it - rather, I'm hoping to sell it on Amazon as an e-book for a few bucks. From someone who has done it, how can I transform my Word file into an Amazon e-book listing which I can direct my friends to? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Mar 11, 2012 -
I'm considering purchasing a Kindle DX, but the current version is two years old and two hardware generations behind the regular Kindle. Is there functionality in the newer versions of the regular Kindle that I would miss when using the Kindle DX? Is it likely to be replaced or discontinued in the near future? Is there anything else that I should know about before buying a Kindle DX?
posted by theclaw
on Feb 28, 2012 -
Can I use an iPad for something I haven't purchased? Specifically, do the ebook apps only work on content I've bought or obtained through either Amazon or the iBookstore? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on May 5, 2010 -
How do you like your kindle? Knowing what you know now, would you buy it again? How can I make a kindle/ebook experience better? [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Feb 24, 2010 -
I bought a Kindle 2. Amazon lists a paltry selection of covers and skins. I want a good one. [more inside]
posted by dbgrady
on Feb 16, 2009 -