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Become an eBook Author before Christmas

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What content is sitting on your computer, just waiting to become an e-book or a Kindle Single?

Do you have written a novel or full-length non-fiction book that is ready to be edited, copy-edited and could be finished soon, cover and layout design ideas are already in place?

Have it ready for the holiday season!

Authors who have had Kindle e-books available on Amazon, reported that last December sales numbers started to sky-rocket, and they haven’t stopped since then.  

It seems that both, the lower priced Kindle, as well as the new Kindle Fire will be this year’s top holiday gifts and will lead to record e-book sales.

Kindle Singles
An ebook doesn’t have to be what is traditionally thought of as book length. It can be any length:

  • a short story or collection of stories
  • an article or collection of articles
  • a transcription of an interview
  • a compilation of your best blog posts on a particular subject

10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a Kindle Single idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated–whether it’s a business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.

Amazon said that Kindle Singles will be priced “much less than a typical book.” Amazon will also grant authors and publishers the same royalty split for singles as for Kindle e-books: 70% on books (costing between $2.99 and $9.99) – even if the Single is priced below $2.99

Individual writers may benefit the most from the program, as it makes it easier for them to self-publish works that precisely for reasons of length can’t find support from traditional publishers.

To be considered for Kindle Singles, interested parties should contact
digital-publications@amazon.com.

P.S. 
Short books can be very successful as traditional paper books: In 2005, philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit became a surprise bestseller. His “book” was a reprint of a journal article that had already been collected and published in a longer anthology. It sold over half a million copies, despite being just 67 pages long!

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Bravo ! Amazon ! Finally !

Suddenly e-books are much better looking…

Amazon is releasing “Kindle Fire” by mid-November, and the company is already working on tweaking its immense collection of e-books for maximum compatibility with the Kindle Fire.

Amazon is actually retiring their MOBI format in favor of the new .KF8 format (or Kindle Format 8), this includes support for 150 new formatting tags, supporting HTML5 and CSS. This is quite a shift in direction for the eCommerce giant from supporting MOBI 7.  HTML5 is quickly becoming the new web standard and Amazon is moving in this direction.

They will convert all existing content into the .KF8 format, and users also have the option of updating existing titles they have on their Kindle ebook readers and Kindle readers on other mobile platforms.

 

 

KindleFire

KindleFire

 

Amazon is also releasing a new set of Kindle Publishing Guidelines, which ebook authors and publishers should take into consideration when building their content for distribution via Amazon.

This is where a professional formatting/conversion company gives helpful support to authors and self-publishers.  Publishers will need to update their titles in order to use the new format.

The new Amazon Kindle format will ideally support a wider array of devices, and not just Amazon’s proprietary Kindle ebook reader. The new format also allows for more versatile formatting, as well as a more portable format. The company is said to be looking for a replacement for its .MOBI format, and this seems to be it.

 

 

 

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Kindle FIRE Tablet Computer / e-Reader

KindleFire

KindleFire Tablet / e-Reader

 

Amazon.com introduced its eagerly awaited tablet computer / e-Reader on Wednesday with a price tag that could make it the first strong competitor in a tablet market that has been dominated by Apple Inc’s iPad.  Apple dominated the North American tablet market so far, with 80 per cent of the 7.5 million units shipped during the second quarter of 2011. The new Amazon device, priced at only US$199, may have the biggest impact on other makers of tablets and e-readers – and also on the overall success of e-books.

The Kindle Fire tablet has a seven-inch screen, free data storage over the Internet and a new browser called Amazon Silk. Amazon expects shipments to start on Nov. 15.  Amazon also introduced the Kindle Touch, an e-reader with no buttons and a touch screen starting at $99.  And it also cut the price of its basic Kindle e-reader to $79 from $99.

Amazon’s cloud computing service, known as EC2, supports Internet browsing on the Kindle Fire, a feature that will speed loading of websites and isn’t available with rival tablets.  Although, the Fire has only one button and no volume controls, which may be “a bit annoying” for consumers.

Analysts had expected Amazon’s tablet to be priced around $250  – roughly half the price of Apple’s dominant iPad, which starts at $499. The Nook Color e-reader costs $249.  Amazon is expected to sell at least three million Kindle Fires over the U.S. holiday season – the company is willing to sell hardware at a loss to boost sales of their e-books, news magazines, music, games, video and TV.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in eReaders, Publishing News

 

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