How To Get Difficult Books Into The Media

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In an increasingly commercial and competitive media-sphere, getting media coverage for ‘difficult books’—books not written by established authors and not published by well-known publishers—might strike independent authors as mission impossible. However, many creative ways can be found to reach your desired audience. … [Read more...]

KWL price scheduling tool now live

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You can now schedule price promotions and permanent prices in KWL.  Just set it and forget it! On the Set the Price screen, you’ll now see a Set promo price button (you can also set a permanent price for a future date with the Set regular price button): This will take you to the Set Promo Price screen, where you can set the price and the start and end dates of your promotion:   Once set, your KWL library will display a badge to show which books have a price change scheduled. If you’re a forward-thinking individual and like to plan things far enough in advance, you’ll receive a reminder email 2 days prior to when your book is scheduled for a price change.  Remember to add Kobo Writing Life to your email client’s white list so these important reminders don’t get caught in your … [Read more...]

A letter to our KWL authors and self-publishing partners

As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies. In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps: We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform. We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement … [Read more...]

KWL new feature: free download tracking

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Kobo Writing Life is pleased to announce that as of a recent October 2013 update you can now track your free book downloads!  Up until now, all reports were sales reports, and free books downloads weren't captured in that data.  Now, however, you can also stay informed of which of your free books are being downloaded and where.  (Remember, with Kobo Writing Life, you can make your eBooks FREE whenever you wish for as long as you want - no strings attached) You can view total free downloads on your dashboard under Sales at a Glance: If you want to measure the number of times a particular title has been downloaded for free, you can drill down to the book level under Sales by Book: Or, to see where your eBooks are being downloaded for free, you can see a summary of total free … [Read more...]

Making sense of the KWL terms and conditions

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All KWL authors received an email recently regarding a small change to the terms & conditions of the KWL agreement which will be in effect Oct 17, 2013. Here’s a quick plain-English rundown of what those changes are and why we’ve made them. The Kobo Writing Life team is constantly on the lookout for ways to help you succeed, and that means keeping an eye on trends and valuable high-end data.  One of the trends we’ve noticed is the Dead Price Point as we recently posted about.  We are keen to pay attention to these types of purchasing trends and do what we can to encourage authors to think of price as a verb rather than as a noun, to experiment with pricing models for different territories and to be careful not to devalue their work. We’re still trying, for example, to … [Read more...]

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