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Sometimes I feel very torn on Amazon – should I love it or hate it? Most of our book sales currently come from Amazon, and I have to admit that most of the books I buy come from Amazon – whether through Kindle or hard copy. I also love their Kindle Lending Library program, which for the most part, our books participate in. It’s a really innovative program that manages to benefit publishers, authors AND readers all at once – a rare feat. But if the popularity of Amazon means brick and mortar stores are shutting down, well…

In any case, their announcement in March that they’ve bought Goodreads left me wondering and waiting. Last month they announced the new Paperwhite Kindle will integrate Goodreads. It’s available now.

goodreads-kindleI haven’t gotten my hands on one yet to see the integration (still using an ancient Kindle, circa 2010, which my eyes appreciate is not backlit. It will be a sad day when that device dies). But the potential for integration between browsing, reviewing and buying seems exciting. I often have trouble looking for new books or music on Amazon, as there is SO MUCH to choose from. But if I can navigate my choices through a friend’s recommendations or books I’ve previously marked as “to read” – that is a good setup. I have a Goodreads account, which, admittedly, has gone unused for a while. It got to be a pain to log in separately to review and bookmark books to read (in turn I started using my Amazon wishlist sporadically, which isn’t as social or interactive as I’d like it to be). The new Goodreads integration seems like it will solve that.

There are some screenshots of the integration here.

Thoughts? Have you noticed any changes in Goodreads since the announcement in March? Do you have the new Paperwhite Kindle and are already using Goodreads on it?

P.S. Publisher’s Weekly is reporting growth trends in the number of independent booksellers – a good sign for print books and the physical act of visiting a neighborhood bookstore.

 

What if you could lend the electronic version of your book to readers for free, while pocketing a royalty?  Sounds crazy, right?  Well, perhaps it would be, if not for Kindle’s ever-adapting platform.

KDP Select” is a program that enables Amazon Prime members to check out a limited amount of books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library at no cost, and read them at their leisure (there’s no due date). The best part, for authors and publishers, is that royalties are paid by Amazon for each copy borrowed. The amount per copy changes monthly, based on a fund that Amazon sets aside every month as incentive for publishers or authors who list their books this way, and is determined in part by how many books are borrowed overall (among all the titles listed in this program). But in general, the royalties are comparable, or sometimes better than, the royalties that would typically be earned by an eBook sale.

The catch? KDP Select requires that the book is released as an eBook through Kindle exclusively for a period of three months. Afterwards, it can be released as an eBook everywhere else (for the Nook, Sony e-readers, and so on), and after the three-month exclusivity period is up, the book will still be enrolled in KDP Select, forever, it seems (or until they end this innovative program). The good news is that the restrictions do not apply to print versions, so the book can be released in print and in the Kindle format simultaneously.

Books published by Scribe Publishing Company will always be made available for Kindle and will participate in this program as long as it lasts. Like book reviews, signings, and other promotional efforts, allowing readers to borrow your work for free is another way to expose potential readers to your work.  Word of mouth travels fast, and if someone borrows your book and likes what they read, they may decide to tell all their friends.

Publisher Jennifer Baum will serve as a judge in Dan Poynter’s 2012 Global eBook Awards. The contest accepts self-published or traditionally published eBook submissions from authors, publishers, illustrators and photographers. Any eBook with a copyright date of 2012 or earlier that was listed for sale on a website prior to March 11, 2012 is eligible. Submissions are being accepted until March 12 and finalists will be announced July 10. Find out more.

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