This Week in Indie Publishing


Depositphotos_8292496_original.jpgGlobal Publishing Market 2018-2022: Market will Register a Revenue of Approx USD 356 Billion – Rise in Number of Independent and Self-Published Authors

The “Global Publishing Market 2018-2022” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The global publishing market will register a revenue of about USD 356 billion by 2022.

Global Publishing Market 2018-2022, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

One trend in the market is growing popularity of POD. POD refers to the printing of books only after the order is received. With the growing penetration of the Internet, publishing companies are focusing more on printing limited copies of new titles.

According to the report, one driver in the market is growing impact of e-books. The publishing landscape and reading behavior of readers has been restructured by the usage of advanced technologies. The restructuring process has enabled the rapid publishing of content in a lesser turn-around time. This in turn, will help in considerable savings in terms of time and money.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is low revenue from newspapers and traditional book publishing. The newspaper publishing market has benefited from digital advertising, but only to a certain extent. The digital platform provides ample space for advertising, which has reduced its value and revenue generated from it.

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Kindle Unlimited Book Stuffing Scam Earns Millions and Amazon Isn’t Stopping It

What would you do if you knew that scammers were cheating your company and your customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars every single month? If you’re Amazon, apparently not much. You might tweak your algorithms slightly and make a public example of one scammer. Then let the others continue as usual, perhaps because their scam is profitable for you, too.

That’s what seems to be happening with a distasteful practice called “book stuffing” by some Kindle Unlimited authors. Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon program that works like Netflix for books: You can read as much as you want for a flat monthly fee. Amazon requires that books on Kindle Unlimited are published nowhere else, which means that traditional publishers and big-name authors don’t use it. Instead, Kindle Unlimited is filled with books written and self-published by independent authors, many of them in the romance genre.

How do authors get compensated when readers pay a flat fee for the service? Amazon has created a pool of funds that authors are paid from, currently around $21 million. Up until 2015, authors earned a flat fee for each download of their books. But the company noticed that many of these Kindle Unlimited books were very, very short. So instead, Amazon began paying a bit less than 1/2 cent for each page that was actually read. That’s how book stuffing was born.

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2018 IndieReader Discovery Award Winners Have Been Announced

As indie authors continue to make headway in an industry that only a few years ago shunned their very existence, more and more opportunities continue to open for them. However, recognizing some of the key players who’ve been their for small press publishers and self-published authors all this time is vital, as these entities have evolved along with the ever-changing industry.

One of these entities is IndieReader, an organization that has served the indie author community for years. Eight years ago, IR launched the IndieReader Discovery Awards to help highlight some of the top works in an increasingly crowded sea of titles. These awards encompass a wide variety of genres and categories within those genres, and are open to independently published titles published in the previous year.

According to Amy Edelman, founder and president of IndieReader, “IndieReader launched the the Discovery Awards eight years ago to help elevate the profile of books by self-published authors, via the stamp of approval by an extraordinary panel of judges, with the ultimate prize being submission to a top New York-based lit agency.”

The awards have been announced each year in conjunction with BookExpo, and this year’s announcement at BookCon included the following list of winners:

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Morality clauses: are publishers right to police writers?

Offensive opinions. Bullying. Sexual misconduct. As the literary world is rocked by scandal US publishers are asking authors to sign contracts with ‘morality clauses’. Are they really the answer?

When the American Libraries Association awards its Andrew Carnegie medals in New Orleans later this month, there will be no winner for excellence in non-fiction. Sherman Alexie, the poet and novelist who was due to receive it for a memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, has declined the award following allegations of sexual harassment.

Last month, the novelist Junot Díaz withdrew from the Sydney writers’ festival and from chairing the Pulitzer prize board after being confronted by his own accusers. As the allegations swept through social media, another writer, Mary Karr, joined the fray, tweeting of her distress that her testimony to DT Max, the biographer of her one-time partner David Foster Wallace, about Foster Wallace’s abusive behaviour had been marginalised. “Deeply saddened by the allegations against #JunotDiaz & I support every woman brave enough to speak. The violence #DavidFosterWallace inflicted on me as a single mom was ignored by his biographer & @NewYorker as ‘alleged’ despite my having letters in his hand,” she wrote.

Such high profile cases are far from rare as the #MeToo movement spreads across the creative industries. They come at a time when writers are facing increasingly draconian attempts by publishers to police their behavior, calling into question centuries old assumptions about the desirability – or even the possibility in today’s networked world – of separating writers’ lives from their work.

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Amazon criticized for removing online book reviews from website

Amazon has drawn criticism from authors, bloggers and publishers for removing reviews from its online book listings, reports the Bookseller.

According to reports, some Amazon customers have had all their reviews removed or are blocked from posting further reviews on the website. Amazon has blamed temporary ‘technical issues’.

Author Isabella May told the Bookseller that she had had a ‘hellish week’ of losing reviews for her two novels, published by the small independent press Crooked Cat Books. She explained that the experience of losing 11 reviews of her books listed on Amazon was ‘quite upsetting’, adding: ‘For a high-profile author who may no longer feel the need to check their reviews, this is but a drop in the ocean. But for a new voice, it’s everything, and very distressing—particularly as my publisher retail solely online and solely via Amazon’.

Amazon has developed tools and policies to combat fake reviews amid problems over ‘reviews for hire’—a practice where individuals post fake reviews on Amazon product pages in exchange for money.

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