Kindle Direct Publishing at London Book Fair This Week

Had I planned earlier, I think I would have gone to the London Book Fair this year. I’ve always wanted to go, and I would have been able to meet a few people from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). But I didn’t even officially decide to publish with KDP until December. For those who read this blog you know I’ve been talking about indie authors for a long time and I’ve always been curious about it. It just took a while for me to make the decision…which had to do with many contributing factors in my career I’ll eventually discuss at a later date. It should also be interesting because this year Hong Kong is taking part for the first time.

In the most recent KDP newsletter, here’s what it says for those of you who are going to the London Book Fair:

As we’d previously announced, KDP will be at the London Book Fair April 16-18, 2012. If you find yourself in London in the next few days make sure to stop by our booth (EC2-W905) to meet us and best-selling KDP UK author Rachel Abbott. We will be hosting several sessions focusing on KDP and Rachel will also be signing copies of her UK Kindle best-seller, Only the Innocent, on Tues 4/17 1-2 pm at our booth. Check out our sessions:

Digital Zone session at Digital Theatre 2
A “how-to” discussion of reaching the growing Amazon Kindle audience and a demo on how to publish your book using KDP.

Tues, 4/17 11-11:20 am

Meet Rachel Abbott at the KDP booth:

Tues, 4/17 3-5 pm

In more KDP news, one of the most recently featured books on KDP was written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the author of “Pay it Forward,” and “Jumpstart the World,” also an author I’ve written about here on the blog several times long before I even knew Hyde was self-publishing with KDP.

Featured KDP BooksWhen I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

When Nathan McCann finds, and saves, a newborn baby abandoned in the woods, he asks the baby’s grandmother to someday bring the boy around to meet him. She agrees, but by the time she brings young Nat around, the boy is an angry 15-year-old with a police record and dreams of becoming a professional boxer. And she doesn’t just introduce Nat to his namesake, “the man who found him in the woods.” She washes her hands of Nat and leaves him with Nathan. Now Nathan must learn how to be both a father and a friend to a troubled kid who doesn’t want his help, doesn’t trust anyone, and doesn’t understand his own heart or the possibilities of his young life.

For those who are interested in looking into more about KDP, here’s an interesting piece from the newsletter about the Owner’s Lending Program. I opted to do this with “Chase of a Lifetime,” and so far I’m happy with the results I’m seeing.

In the month of March, KDP Select-enrolled authors earned an impressive $2.18 per book borrowed. From our recent press release: “Every time a customer borrowed an independently-published book in March, the author earned $2.18. That’s more than many authors earn when their books are sold,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content.

Early sales data indicates that inclusion in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library not only generates additional revenue from loans for authors, but actually increases customer purchases of authors’ work as well.

KDP will also be at BEA this year (Book Expo America), which I’ll post when I hear more about it.

Amazon Press Release: Kindle Products Soar

This comes directly from the Amazon web site.

Customers Purchasing Kindles at Rate of More Than 1 Million Per Week for Third Straight Week

Kindle Fire continues to lead the way as the #1 bestselling, most gifted, and most wished for product across all of since its introduction 11 weeks ago

Kindle Fire sales increase week over week for each of the past three holiday shopping weeks

Read More Here…

Kindle Reader Now Popular In Schools

I don’t have a link to this piece. But I copied and pasted below, verbatim. It came from a local Bucks County, PA newspaper, The Intelligencer.


The Intelligencer

Students said they were more interested in reading books electronically.

Story time now begins with the push of a power button for eighth-graders at School Lane Charter School in Bensalem.

They received Kindle electronic reading devices this month.

Teachers hope the devices awaken a passion for reading in the kids, who are far more familiar with computers than the Dewey Decimal System, which libraries use to categorize books.

Kids can download reading materials onto the device wirelessly, eliminating trips to a book store or library.

Weighing about 10 ounces, a Kindle won’t weigh down a student’s backpack. School Lane paid $8,450 for 50 devices, which cost $169 apiece with protective casing.

When student Jason Flora of Bensalem doesn’t feel like reading, he said he can simply listen to a book. On command, the Kindle reads the text aloud.

Student Daniel Nelson of Bensalem said he “barely ever read anything” before he was given a Kindle. Now he’s actively searching for electronic books to read.

School Lane principal Karen Schade said almost all the eighth-graders are requesting books, which can be downloaded only with the permission of parents and teachers.

Although the students’ Kindles are used in the classroom for story hour a few times a month, they are used much more often at home, school officials said.

Meanwhile, educators continue to weigh the Kindle’s usefulness in the classroom.


A Kindle pilot program at Princeton University significantly reduced paper cost and waste by college students. But some students complained that printed materials are more easily compared, highlighted and referenced than electronic materials.

Some research suggests that the brain processes electronic and print text differently, with electronic text digested in a more cursory manner for the collection of quick information. And as reading becomes easier, it also becomes easier to forget, those researchers say.

School Lane officials said they’ll continue to use print materials, such as textbooks, in the classroom.

“The bottom line for us was just to get students energized about reading,” said the principal. “One of the purposes of a charter school is to try new things like this.”

The school expects some cost savings, the principal said, because students can share books with other Kindle users, and electronic books tend to be cheaper than the printed versions. For example, the new Stephen King novel “Full Dark, No Stars” sells for $12.99 on Kindle and $33.25 in hardcover at Barnes & Noble.

Electronic versions of books also won’t get damaged like print materials.