Pay-per-page for KDP Select

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Amazon announced they’re going to change their KDP Select programme so that it pays authors for every page of their novels that was read. For those who don’t know KDP Select, it’s a Netflix-style book programme from Amazon, where a reader pays a monthly subscription for the Kindle Unlimited service and gets to read whatever they want from the list of books on KDP Select.

So what does this mean and how does it work? Continue reading “Pay-per-page for KDP Select”

Epub-to-mobi conversion

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As a Kindle owner, I regularly have to convert epub files to mobi files. There’s an application called Kindlegen for that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work, because some epub files have settings that Kindlegen doesn’t understand, or the file ends up having a strange title.

With some knowledge of epubs you can fix these errors yourself. I’ll look at two problems I ran into:

  • The author name or book title is not correct.
  • The language isn’t set.

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In the trenches of the format wars

EpubVsAZWIt is the age of the e-reader. Or rather, the start of the age of the e-reader. The printed book isn’t going to go away, whatever some believe, but e-readers are taking a prominent place in our world. I used to lug books everywhere. Now I just have to drag my Kindle. Unfortunately, with the rise of the e-books, comes the rise of a format war. Continue reading “In the trenches of the format wars”