Category Archives: Bookselling

The subscription services step up their game

E-book subscription services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited or 24symbols were the big e-book news item of 2014. Particularly the introduction of Kindle Unlimited in July caused a lot of uproar among indie authors. It continues to cause uproar, now … Continue reading

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A few words on VAT and pricing

As you may or may not know, from January 1 on, the European Union has changed the way that VAT (value added tax, similar to sales tax in the US) is calculated for cross-border transactions, including online sales. Previously, VAT … Continue reading

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Tolino hits the coffee shops

The Tolino e-reader, which was developed and marketed by an alliance of German bookshops, has just passed Amazon’s Kindle with regard to market share in the (still tiny) German e-book market (well, sort of) and now Tolino has landed a … Continue reading

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Tolino passes Kindle – or does it?

This Friday, the news dropped that the Tolino, an e-reader developed and marketed by an alliance of several German, Austrian, Swiss and soon Dutch booksellers, had passed Amazon’s Kindle with regard to market share. According to the report, Tolino now … Continue reading

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Familienkutsche featured at Kobo Next and other news

Familienkutsche, the German version of my crime short Family Car, is a featured selection at Kobo Next, Kobo’s own promo site, this week, along with a whole lot of other good books such as When the Music’s Over by German … Continue reading

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Try an app and get Mercy Mission for free

The good people of Page Foundry who sell e-books via various apps as well as via the Inktera and Versent Books online stores, are running a promotion for their e-book apps. And one of the books you can get for … Continue reading

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Free 3-month Scribd trial available via Teleread

The e-book subscription service Scribd has been a very pleasant surprise for me so far. My books have only been available at Scribd for a little over two months (via the good folks at Draft2Digital) and yet Scribd already makes … Continue reading

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Yet more Amazon bashing from Germany

I’ve been planning this post for a few days now, gathering links, when Amazon decided to escalate its battle with Hachette by sending a rather strange e-mail to everybody with a KDP account. At first, I actually thought this was … Continue reading

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Kobo Next in German – with Pegasus Pulp e-book/Kobo Next jetzt auch auf Deutsch – mit einem Pegasus Pulp Buch

Kobo Next, Kobo’s own indie e-book discovery platform, is now also available in German. And one of the books featured is none other than Die Liebe in den Zeiten des Frischkornmüslis, i.e. the German edition of Love in the Times … Continue reading

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Reactions to Kindle Unlimited from around the Web and a look at subscription services in general

Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited subscription program continues to dominate the debate in the online indie publishing community. I already explained why Pegasus Pulp e-books won’t be available via the program. Now let’s hear what some other authors, indie, trad and … Continue reading

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