Kindle Ebooks: Visually Gorgeous, New Format Coming Soon


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.

PLR Bites The Dust At Amazon’s Kindle Store


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’ –, 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.

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