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1. Amazon’s best selling graphic novel for today is…Fart Wars

As you may know, I keep a little feed of Amazon's best selling graphic novels in my desktop, just to see what's charting. It's usually the same seven or eight books—Klling Joke, Watchmen, The Dark Knight, Saga, Fun Home, Persepolis and so on. But this week, along with a strong week for anything by Scott Snyder about Batman, there is a new #1 book, and it comes with a whiff of the new: Fart Wars by J.B. O'Neil. O'Neil who has self published this and several other volumes in The Disgusting Adventures of Milo Snotrocket series, has found a formula so profound it's truly astonishing no one came up with it before: mix one part Star Wars parody, one part Wimpy Kid simple drawing, and 20 parts fart humor and you have something that is smelling, er, selling briskly in the Kindle format.

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2. Amazon Sold 56K Lord of the Rings Trilogy Sets Yesterday

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3. Authors and Booksellers Seek Amazon Antitrust Inquiry

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4. Self-Published Author Challenges Amazon’s Review Policy

Jas Ward, an author who has self-published five books in the Kindle store, is challenging Amazon with a Change.org petition after one of her readers was unable to post a review of her book on the site. The petition, which has already garnered more than 11,000 signatures is calling on Amazon to change its policy.

The issue began when reader Imy Santiago, who is also a self-published author, tried to post a positive review of Ward’s book on Amazon but was rejected. After multiple attempts of trying to figure out the problem, Amazon told Santiago that they couldn’t post the review, “because your account activity indicates that you know the author.”

“I have interacted with a couple hundred authors over the past year; from events to signings, authors and writers rub elbows during networking sessions. This does NOT mean I know you personally,” she complained on her blog.

“Your current process of removing reviews that a reader has created to show their honest & sincere opinion on a book is not fair and cripples the review process more than assists,” reads the petition.

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5. ‘Mississippi Maggie’ Cheers Historic River Barge Vaulters!

Paddle-wheels and pole-vaulters shared the Mighty Mississippi on July 4th at the LaCrosse River Vault. Adding to the excitement at the 6th annual event was the fact that it was the very first time that a pole-vault competition had ever … Continue reading

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6. Maggie to Join the Fireworks at La Crosse River Vault

Fireworks will light up the sky this 4th of July and so will the pole-vaulters at the 6th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wis. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch some 65 athletes from all over the … Continue reading

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7. Amazon Now Sells Print Books in Mexico

amazon-mxAmazon has been building up its Kindle business in Mexico for the past several years. Today the company has launched its first e-commerce store across the border that sells physical books.

Amazon.com.mx, a Spanish-language e-commerce site launches with millions of print books. Just as in the U.S., the online giant will also sell everything from consumer electronics and video games to personal health care items. They are offering free shipping on orders above MXN 599 (about $38 USD).

“Our mission at Amazon is to be Earth’s most customer centric company, and we strive to be the destination where people can find anything they want to buy online,” stated Alexandre Gagnon, director of international expansion at Amazon. “With Amazon.com.mx, customers in Mexico will find more of what they want – the largest selection in the country, low prices, fast and reliable delivery, all with a trusted and convenient experience.”

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8. Take Flight this Summer with ‘Maggie’ on Audio!

Thanks to superstar voice actress Tavia Gilbert, every month is Audiobook Appreciation Month here in Grain Valley, Kansas! To honor Tavia and all the awesome voice actors and actresses out there, we’ve been giving away Downpour.com downloads of Tavia’s performance … Continue reading

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9. Amazon Makes It Easier to Share Passages From E-Books

Amazon is making it easier to share passages from Kindle books.

Kindle already allows readers to post passages from books to their social media feeds, but a new update is letting readers highlight quotes and send them to specific people through more channels. And it is easier for those friends to read the content. Essentially a reader can share highlights and quotes while they are reading a Kindle book via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email, text, etc. and determine the recipient.

The reader on the receiving end can read a free book preview from various devices be it a phone, tablet or PC without having to sign in or install an app. The new feature is now live in Kindle for Android, and coming to Kindle e-readers and other devices later this year.

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10. Amazon Picks Its Best Books of the Year So Far

H-is-for-HawkJust in time for beach reading, Amazon has revealed its Best Books of 2015 (So Far) list.

Amazon’s team of editors selected the list of 20 books. According to Amazon, the selection process included a ton of debate. However, the top book on the list was chosen unanimously: Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk. We’ve got the entire list for you after the jump.

Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

  • H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
  • An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania, Erik Larson
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, Jill Leovy
  • The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen
  • All the Old Knives: A Novel, Olen Steinhauer
  • Saint Mazie: A Novel, Jamie Attenberg
  • The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
  • The Book of Speculation: A Novel, Erika Swyler
  • Green on Blue: A Novel, Elliot Ackerman
  • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  • Golden Son: Book II of The Red Rising Trilogy, Pierce Brown
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer
  • Dietland, Sarai Walker
  • Orhan’s Inheritance, Aline Ohanesian
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Wonder Garden, Lauren Acampora
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris
  • My Struggle: Book Four, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
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    11. Penguin Random House Makes New Deal With Amazon

    penguinrandomhouse400Penguin Random House and Amazon have settled the terms of their negotiations and inked a new agreement.

    Neither company would comment on the contract, which covers print and e-book sales in the U.S. and the U.K. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop:

    Amazon, in a statement, described the pacts as \"long-term agreements.\"

    Penguin Random House, which is majority owned by Bertelsmann SE & Co., said in a statement that \"we are still in business with Amazon, and with all our retail partners, and will continue to be.\"

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    12. Kindle Unlimited Royalty Changes Are Unfavorable for Authors

    Amazon's Kindle DeviceAmazon is changing the way it pays authors royalties for participation in its Kindle Unlimited e-book lending library. The new model is less favorable for authors.

    Beginning July 1, Amazon will no longer pay royalties on books that were downloaded and read at least 10 percent through the program. Instead they will only pay royalties on pages that are actually read. “We’re making this switch in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read,” Amazon explains on the KDP site. “Under the new payment method, you’ll be paid for each page individual customers read of your book, the first time they read it.”

    Melville House points out that this is unfair to authors as “an author with a traditional publisher will receive royalties on each hard copy of the book sold to libraries (or a percentage of the e-book sold at a library rate).”

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    13. Amazon Faces Antitrust Investigation Over E-Books in Europe

    The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into how Amazon distributes e-books.

    The group will look closely at Amazon’s contracts with publishers to see if the terms are more favourable or to Amazon than to their competitors. The organization is concerned that favorable terms for Amazon may make it more difficult for other e-book distributors to compete with the e-commerce giant.

    “Amazon has developed a successful business that offers consumers a comprehensive service, including for e-books,” stated Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy. ” Our investigation does not call that into question. However, it is my duty to make sure that Amazon’s arrangements with publishers are not harmful to consumers, by preventing other e-book distributorsfrom innovating and competing effectively with Amazon. Our investigation will show if such concerns are justified.”

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    14. Amazon Names Seattle Most Read City

    Seattle is the most well-read city in America, according to Amazon.com.

    The Seattle-based retailer determined this by measuring sales for all books, magazines and newspapers sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015 on a per capita basis for cities with 500,000 residents. Charlotte, N.C. ranked No. 2 on the list and Portland, OR came in No. 3.

    According to Amazon, Washington, D.C. residents prefer print books, and at No. 5 on the most well read list outranked Seattle for print sales. California had three cities on the list and Las Vegas lied the list with the most romance titles. We’ve got the entire list after the jump.

    The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities

    1. Seattle, Wash. 11. Charlotte, N.C. 2. Portland, Ore. 12. Baltimore, Md. 3. Las Vegas, Nev. 13. San Diego, Calif. 4. Tucson, Ariz. 14. Houston, Texas 5. Washington, D.C. 15. Indianapolis, Ind. 6. Austin, Texas 16. San Jose, Calif. 7. San Francisco, Calif. 17. Jacksonville, Fla. 8. Albuquerque, N.M. 18. San Antonio, Texas 9. Denver, Colo. 19. Nashville, Tenn. 10. Louisville, Ky. 20. Chicago, Ill.

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    15. Amazon Launches Kindle for Kids Bundle

    Amazon is looking to get kids into eBooks with a new offer called the Kindle for Kids Bundle.

    The bundle includes an ad-free Kindle device with a two-year extended warranty from SquareTrade to cover replacements against accidental spills and drops. The device is outfitted with Kindle Free Time, a tool to help kids, parents and teachers track reading progress and earn badges for meeting reading goals.

    The device allows kids to check out books from the library. A parental password is required to purchase eBooks from the store. The bundle costs $99.

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    16. Field experimenting in economics: Lessons learned for public policy

    Do neighbourhoods matter to outcomes? Which classroom interventions improve educational attainment? How should we raise money to provide important and valued public goods? Do energy prices affect energy demand? How can we motivate people to become healthier, greener, and more cooperative? These are some of the most challenging questions policy-makers face. Academics have been trying to understand and uncover these important relationships for decades.

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    17. Kindle Unlimited Hits Canada & Mexico

    Amazon’s eBook subscription service, which gives members unlimited access to a select Kindle library, has expanded to Canada and Mexico.

    The service costs CDN$9.99 a month in Canada and 129 pesos a month in Mexico, roughly $8 in each country. In exchange for the membership fee, subscribers can read more than 750,000 eBooks, which range from bestsellers to self-published works.

    The service launched more than six months ago in the U.S. where it competes with Oyster and Scribd. Amazon brought the offering to the UK a few months back.

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    18. Amazon to Publish Kindle Scout Books

    Amazon has listed its first books available through its new crowd sourced publishing platform for pre-order.

    Readers from the Kindle Scout community selected the titles. These 10 titles, which include sci-fi novels, romance titles and thrillers, will be the first books published under the digital publishing imprint Kindle Press. The books will be released on March 3. Here is more from the press release:

    To date, there have been 21 titles selected for publication by Kindle Press, with more books submitted and selected daily. Today, Kindle Scout also began accepting Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Action & Adventure submissions in addition to Romance, Mystery/Thriller and Science Fiction.

    Follow this link to explore the titles.

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    19. The Audiobook is Live!!

    I’m so excited to tell you that the audiobook of WISH YOU WEREN’T is live! I didn’t realize after approving the final version that it would take Audible nearly two weeks to listen to it to make sure the quality was up to par, but I’m glad they did. Because that ensures that anyone who […]

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    20. 3 List Building Strategies for Success in Today’s Market

    You've heard it over and over, what worked before isn’t working now. I attended a webinar by online marketer Clay Collins. It was about the newer strategies for successful list building. They've been around for a while now, but many haven't taken that step forward and gotten on board. As with most marketing strategies, once they become overused they become old and tired. What used to work

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    21. A Dispute May Erupt Between HarperCollins & Amazon

    harpercollins200Rumors have been swirling that HarperCollins may enter into a dispute with Amazon.

    Here’s more from BusinessInsider: “The contract presented to HarperCollins was the same contract recently signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, our source says. If HarperCollins and Amazon don’t come to an agreement, no print or digital HarperCollins books will be available on Amazon once its current contract runs out ‘very soon,’ our source says.”

    Last year, Hachette Book Group USA had to deal with a similar issue. The publisher was locked in battle with the internet retail giant due to disagreements over eBook pricing. Several authors spoke out about the situation including Trigger Warning author Neil Gaiman, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, and David & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell. (via GeekWire.com)

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    22. HarperCollins Could Leave Amazon: Report

    Amazon’s contract with book publisher HarperCollins is almost up and according to a report in Business Insider, the big five publisher is not going to sign the contract as is.

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    The contract presented to HarperCollins was the same contract recently signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, Amazon confirmed.

    If HarperCollins and Amazon don’t come to an agreement, no print or digital HarperCollins books will be available on Amazon once its existing contract runs out “very soon,” our source says.

    Last year Hachette fought for months with Amazon over contract terms. During that time, Amazon didn’t carry popular Hachette books and Hachette author Stephen Colbert urged readers to boycott Amazon.

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    23. Jim Henson Co. Project Among Four Animation Pilots Coming to Amazon

    Amazon’s online television division has ordered pilots for four new animated programs.

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    24. Amazon Editors Launch a Young Adult Book Club

    I'll Give You the Sun (GalleyCat)The Amazon editorial team has launched a young adult book club. To kick things off, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was chosen as the May/June 2015 read.

    Participants can submit questions for Nelson from now until May 30th; her responses will be posted on June 15th. Discussions are being held at the club’s Goodreads group page.

    The editors have also compiled a list of “100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Some of the titles that made the cut include American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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    25. Amazon Reveals Prize For Spanish-Language Authors

    Amazon is looking for Spanish-language authors to use Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and to help encourage engagement, the company has kicked off its second annual Indie Literary Prize Contest for Spanish-language authors.

    Indie writers can submit their own previously unpublished works to the KDP platform for consideration from July 1 to August 31. The winner will get $2500 and have their book published in print y La Esfera de los Libros. In addition, AmazonCrossing, Amazon’s imprint for world literature in translation, will translate the book into English and distribute it worldwide in digital, print and audio formats.

    “Books will be reviewed based on several criteria, such as creativity, originality and quality of writing and five finalists will be chosen,” explains the press release.

    Follow this link for more details.

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