Welcome to the Roundtable Roundup, our third weekly podcast where we go back to our roots and have brought back the Roundtable aspect. Each Sunday (American time) we’ll invite a guest or two to join us live to discuss the latest news and views from the self-publishing and indie industry.

Onwards, to our third podcast…

Patrick Stemp from the To Be Read podcast joined Erica and Xavier to discuss the below topics:


Kobo partners with ListenUp to give authors a discount on audiobook production

The partnership offers authors a $100 per hour discount off of professional audiobook production services. ListenUp distributes to Audible, iTunes, etc and also provide audiobooks to OverDrive. No idea yet on availability for authors outside of America.

Note: Kobo has also partnered with Bowker to provide authors with single ISBNs for $100 as opposed to $125. I assume this is only for those in countries where it costs you money to get an ISBN.
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According to German Court: sharing your Amazon purchases online is spamming

A German court has ruled that Amazon’s ‘share’ functionality, which encourages users to promote links to products that they have just purchased via email or social networks, is unlawful.
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A call to bust Amazon ‘monopoly’

Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and Authors United held a recent event where Mark Coker (Smashwords) spoke on a panel via Skype, entitled: Amazon and the Author.

If Amazon’s business practices continue unchecked the result could be a “nuclear winter” for book publishing – Mark Coker

Other panels went on to discuss Amazon’s dirty tactics, including that of the 2014 dispute with Hachette over e-book pricing. Concern over business practices [by Amazon] that have been harmful to the future of books and some with legal backgrounds believe there is an argument to be made for antitrust legislation against the company.
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Plagiarism: K-Reports is using Book Report’s source code

From Liam the creator of Book Report: K-Reports, an Author Marketing Club tool, is using Book Report‘s source code. I did not give them permission to do this, it’s my intellectual property, and I’m sending a cease and desist letter. To protect myself in the future, I have decided to obfuscate the Book Report source code. I will be making this change shortly, but as a regular Book Report user you won’t experience any differences.

Liam has also said he has a lawyer and sent DMCA letter to Author Marketing Club.
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