Category: Publishing

Google Changes Images Policy

Google recently made a subtle change to its image search — but one that may have big repercussions for copyright. The company has now removed the “view image” button from image search, which will make it trickier to save copyrighted images directly. Once a direct link to a high-resolution version of your chosen image, the “view […]

Infographic: Amazon’s Extraordinary History

In just 23 years, Amazon has gone from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more. What it is the most famous for, however, is that it is undeniably the world’s largest bookstore. A fun fact is that when it made this claim in 1997, Barnes & […]

KDP Print Makes Changes. What Does That Mean For Authors?

A lot of authors, especially Indie ones, have been using CreateSpace for years now to publish their works. Createspace, which makes books, CDs, and DVDs on demand, was initially known as BookSurge, a startup that Amazon bought in 2005. Back then, few imagined that Amazon would gradually roll the company’s services into its own. But that’s […]

Amazon Steps Up Its Anti-fraud Efforts

Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. Foremost among these are fake reviews, but a couple of months ago it stepped up its anti-fraud efforts by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals. According to the company, these offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading […]

Amazon Kindle Is 10-Years-Old Today

Ten years ago, on November 19th, 2007, Amazon introduced Kindle to the world, for US$399. It sold out in five and a half hours, even though there were just 88,000 books available for download. The device remained out of stock for five months. However, that’s hardly Kindle’s greatest success: that honor goes to the fact […]

Is The Ebook Market Shrinking?

I was talking to the lawyer of a big publishing house the other day. We were discussing ebooks, and he made the claim that ebooks were just a fad, and one that is dying off at that. Obviously, this surprised me, so I asked him about his sources. “Sector publications,” he said, somewhat vaguely. He was right: several […]

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