Two recent developments help to pave the way for you to be a more successful and profitable e-book writer and seller. Of course you may not think of yourself as a writer…much less a book author or publisher. But if you stop to think about it for a moment, your appetite for the written word may be just the ticket to take you on a journey into creating your own books.
The World’s Best Writers are Devout Readers
Ask the world’s most highly acclaimed movie directors to explain their passion for making films, and invariably they will talk about their love of watching movies. Just as avid moviegoers often convert that interest into a career behind the camera as movie director or producer, similarly many of the world’s most famous authors were first inspired as avid readers. Without a doubt, reading voraciously is one of the greatest assets of any writer…and oftentimes the best readers become the best writers.
Authors Can Now Earn More in Europe and the UK
To make a living as an e-book author, you have to be compensated…and up until now that was a bit more challenging for those whose books are in libraries across the European continent. While authors of traditional, printed books got paid every time one of their books was loaned out by a library, e-book authors were not afforded the same opportunity. That’s because laws related to that compensation, which are called Public Lending Rights, didn’t include e-books. But now that’s changed and e-book authors will now earn their fair share.
Court Rulings on Author Compensation
The Court of Justice of the European Union determined recently that the lending of books by public libraries should also include electronic books that are borrowed via downloads. Another piece of legislation, the Digital Economy Bill, has been amended to include compensation for library e-book lending. Under the new rules of Public Lending Rights, authors in the UK can earn as much as £6,600 per year, while other countries such as Ireland do not have a limit on how much can be earned. The Public Lending Rights compensation will be determined based on the estimated number of times a book is borrowed.
Amazon Lifts Pricing Restrictions
Meanwhile the biggest seller of e-books in the world, Amazon, has established new contractual terms with publishers in the European Union, following a government investigation. The investigation began about two years ago when publishers complained that Amazon’s contracts were limiting their ability to set prices when selling books through non-Amazon platforms. Amazon had been mandated that publishers had to offer their best, lowest price in the Kindle store, and couldn’t sell books for less elsewhere. Thanks to the newly negotiated terms of agreement, Amazon cannot demand the lowest price. That will enable publishers to charge more on Amazon and on other sites, if they want to…and can potentially mean that authors will, in turn, earn more money for the books they sell through publishers or on sites like Amazon.
Reading is the Gateway to Writing and Publishing
So whether you’re looking for a new hobby or a new career, you may want to try your hand at writing. Never before in history has it been easier to write, produce, and distribute books to a broad, diverse, global audience…thanks to e-book technology…and to make a living doing it. It’s easy to see how the best musicians on earth gravitated into the role of playing music by initially developing a love and passion for listening to music. That love of music motivated them to become musicians and play those favorite songs themselves. Ultimately, it created a career opportunity for those who kept going in that direction to become professionals in the field of music. Similarly, if you are already a fan of reading books that is a wonderful prerequisite for transitioning to the role of author and e-book publisher.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
For those who have been considering the purchase of a Fire Tablet, now may be the time. Amazon issued a press release in mid-May announcing a flurry of news about the extremely popular Fire tablet lineup. As you may know, these gadgets come in various configurations and sizes, and they combine the convenience of a portable e-reader with other features. There are Fire tablets especially designed for children, for instance, as well as Fire devices that allow you to not just read but also shop online, play games, send and receive email, and even watch videos.
A 20% Discount
On Amazon’s website it announced that if you buy any three all-new Fire tablets, you can use the promo code FIRE3PACK to receive a big 20% discount on your purchase. There are no details yet on how long the sale prices will last, but Amazon does say that the brand-new Fire models will be ready to ship on June 7th. So that definitely gives you some time to snag one of the first ones off the production line, at a great discount price.
New HD 8 Upgrade
The new next generation Fire HD 8 boasts 12 hours of batterly life, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 gig of RAM, and Dolby audio. It comes with 16 gigs of memory, and the Alexa voice-activated Amazon virtual assistance feature. You can also upgrade to as high as 256 gigs of extra storage, because it has a special slot for adding memory if you decide to buy more. You can read all your favorite e-books, run apps, play games, and do Netflix, Facebook, and more…even watching TV. There are also FreeTime parental controls for parents who want to share their device with their kids.
Discounted Current Fire HD 8
If you don’t want to wait for the newest models to be released in June, you can buy a brand-new Fire HD 8 in its current model, for a $10 discount. Apparently Amazon is taking a page from the auto dealership playbook, and letting its current inventory go out the door at a cheaper price to make room for the latest and newest models that will soon be delivered.
All-New HD 7
The HD 7 is the best-selling Fire tablet, and this new version weighs less and has a significantly improved battery life and enhanced display. Plus it is even more durable that the newest iPads on the market. With a fast 1.3 GHz processor and eight hours of battery life, you can watch movies and TV, play games, catch up on social media, and – of course – read your favorite e-books while also shopping for news one to read.
Kids Editions of Fire
Two new kinds of Fire for children are also being introduced. One is an update to the Fire 7 Fire 7 Kids Edition, and the other is a totally new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition. The children’s tablets also come with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited parental control software.
For more info about the new Fire tablets about to be released, visit Amazon’s Fire page, where you can browse through the whole lineup.