Kindle Ebooks: Visually Gorgeous, New Format Coming Soon

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Kindle Publishing will soon have a new format: goodbye MOBI, and hello to Kindle Format 8 (KF8).

Amazon says:

KF8 enables publishers to create great-looking books in categories that require rich formatting and design such as children’s picture books, comics & graphic novels, technical & engineering books and cookbooks.

Updates to Kindle Gen and Kindle Previewer are coming soon — exciting. :-)

And no, you won’t need to provide two formats. Amazon handles it all. See the Q and A on the above announcement page.

For Writers: Make Money From Kindle Authors

Ebooks are the hot new market for writers, specifically, ebooks for the Kindle and other ereaders.

As you can see from this image, almost 38,000 new ebooks have been uploaded to the Amazon Kindle ebook store in the past month.

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That’s a lot of ebooks, and ebook creators.

You may not want to write your own ebook and publish it on the Kindle, although you should. Even if you don’t however, there’s money to be made from Kindle authors.

Why not set yourself to earn some of the cash that’s floating around?

Let’s look at two ways you could do that.

1. Offer proofreading and editing services

I buy lots of Kindle ebooks, and I see errors — formatting and other errors. You could offer a variety of services to Kindle authors: proofreading, basic line editing, right up to comprehensive editing.

Set your fees to start at $200 per ebook. For comprehensive editing, depending on the length of the ebook, you would charge much more.

Join Kindle Boards to become familiar with this market, and get clients.

2. Offer ebook writing services

Why not offer to create Kindle ebooks for others?

For this service, I suggest you charge upwards of $1,000…

Here’s a way to write an ebook in under 8 hours

Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours

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Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.

I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.

Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.

The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?

PLR Bites The Dust At Amazon’s Kindle Store

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It seems that Amazon’s finally taking a big stick to Private Label Rights (PLR) material at the Kindle Store, and it’s about time.

I love the Kindle Store; I’ve bought many ebooks there and I’ll continue doing it. I love having lots to read. It annoys the heck out of me that people want to stuff the store with rubbish.

This article, Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’ – NYTimes.com, reports:

“The Kindle Store on Amazon has been inundated with spurious or duplicative ebooks issued under a retail concept known as “private label rights,” or P.L.R.”

The whole idea of “private label rights” is that PLR content is a foundation; it’s meant to be edited, and turned into fresh content, rather than being presented as-is.

Unfortunately, if people can take advantage of what seems like a loophole in a system, they will.

I’m not against the concept of PLR, per se, as long as it’s used solely as a foundation.

If you want to use PLR as a foundation for a Kindle ebook:

* Start with quality PLR. Most PLR is illegible junk, and there’s little point in washing garbage;

* Edit the PLR completely. Make sure that fresh content’s added, so that you end up with more original content than the PLR you started out with;

* Make sure that the final product is something that YOU would pay to read. Ask yourself these questions: Does the content provide real value? How much value? Why?

Remember that a Kindle ebook can keep selling for years. It’s in your own best interests to make sure that people want what you’re selling.

* Focus on your presence at the Kindle Store. Remember that each ebook you sell, will encourage sales of your other ebooks. If even one ebook you upload is total crap, it will hurt the sales of your other products.

Introducing: Kindle Gold Rush — Auto Pilot Income For Writers

The Kindle platform is the hot new market for writers. Discover it today.

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Amazon Sells More Kindle Books Than Print Books

Amazon says that since April, Kindle ebooks have out-sold print books. It’s selling 105 ebooks for every print book. Tellingly, free ebooks have been excluded from the statistics.

From Amazon Media Room:News Release:

“‘Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,’ said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com.”

I know that when I’m looking for a book, I check to see whether there’s a Kindle version, and over the past few months, I’ve bought many more ebooks than print books.

If I’ll be using a book as a reference, I buy the hardcover version as well. Friends have told me that they do the same.

The more books sold, in any format, the better. :-)