In the News – The Amazon Jungle


Nobody knows the trouble we see…except authors.

Here is an informative blog post written by USA Today bestselling author Suzan Tisdale to Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon.  She makes a startling introductory statement, and I can attest to the fact that I also lost 90% of my income because of Kindle Unlimited.

So what other problems are plaguing authors in Amazon land?  Read it and be informed. It’s really a jungle of survival in a world of scammers and thieves.  The landscape can be discouraging for authors.  It makes you wonder why bother to write when there are snakes slithering through the Amazon jungle.   Nonetheless, when you have the gift and urge of storytelling, it’s difficult to stop in spite of it all.

Readers read and be informed.  As an author, I’m thankful for strong voices such as Suzan’s in the author community who speak for us all.

This is the letter that I have sent to Jeff Bezos regarding the problems with KU Book Stuffers, Scammers, and thieves. Take from it what you will. Dear Mr. Bezos, I am Suzan Tisdale. I began my sel…

Source: An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos

Top 10 Historical Romance Authors as of April 11, 2018

It’s that time again.  So who bumped who out of first place from last month?  Frankly, this list changes daily.  Regardless, it’s interesting to see the authors that maintain the top-ten spot from month to month.  A recent release from a well-known author has hit the bestseller list.  Here’s the breakdown of the top ten authors with burgeoning sales thanks to advertising, fan base, and overall popularity. Their bestselling book is listed below.

  1. Christi Caldwell – The Hellion
  2. Bridget Barton – A Soulmate for the Heartbroken Duke
  3. Eleanor Meyers – The Games the Earl Plays
  4. A. S. Fenichel – A Lady’s Honor
  5. Eva Devon – If I Were a Duke
  6. Kathryn LeVeque – A Wolfe Among Dragons
  7. Samatha Holt – Bluestocking Brides
  8. Caroline Fyffe – A Heart of Eden
  9. Eoin Dempsey – Finding Rebecca
  10. Leah Laurens – Mail Order Bride: A Bride for the Boss

 

Amazon Won Arbitration That Addresses The Six-Figure ‘Book Stuffing’ Kindle Scam

An interesting read about scams on the Kindle platform – book stuffing.  No, it’s not a book stuffed into a turkey cavity.  It’s something entirely different where cheating authors make $100K per month abusing the KDP platform.  Read how they scam you, the reader, and steal profits from honest authors.  Amazon is putting a stop to the abuses of the system.

Last Tuesday, an Amazon subsidiary filed in federal court seeking to confirm an arbitration award against a self-publisher alleged to have abused Kindle’s terms by “combining selections of works they had already published into purportedly new books,” a practice called book stuffing.

Source: Amazon Won Arbitration That Addresses The Six-Figure ‘Book Stuffing’ Kindle Scam

Walmart is Teaming Up With One of the World’s Biggest E-Commerce Companies  

Walmart is diving into the business of selling ereaders, ebooks, and audiobooks through a partnership with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten.

Well, here is a bit of news – Walmart selling eBooks?  Sure, why not?  They can do so online and also sell Kobo eReaders, as well as romance books.  Frankly, Amazon’s domination is huge and retailers are starting to take bold moves against the big A.

“The deal will give Walmart access to the massive ebook market, which is largely dominated by Amazon. Amazon is responsible for roughly 83% of all ebook sales in the US…”

Source: Walmart is teaming up with one of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies to take direct aim at Amazon

Smashwords Unveils Publishing Predictions for 2018

Each year, the CEO of Smashwords (a distributor of eBooks for authors), writes his predictions for the coming year. Most of the time, so I’ve read, he’s pretty well spot-on right.

This year’s predictions for authors (and readers who wish to be in the know) is well worth the read. Though readers enjoy a proliferation of great deals and more books than they can possibly read, the market is becoming bleaker for publishers and independent authors alike because of the growing monopolization of Amazon in the marketplace.

I encourage you to take a moment and read Mark’s post. Be informed of how everything works besides the dashing duke you’ve fallen in love with between the pages.  Each time you flip a page in Kindle Unlimited, the author’s work you read is being paid at less than a penny a page.

All my best, your HR Admin.

Smashwords’ CEO and founder Mark Coker has once again unveiled his annual predictions for the publishing industry, and to say this year’s edition is dark would be an understatement. Coker continues his longtime tradition of decrying all things Amazon, but this year…things are different. For too long, it was easy to dismiss Coker’s predictions as…

Source: Smashwords Unveils Publishing Predictions for 2018