Amazon announced today via their KDP Forum that they have purchased independent book review website Goodreads.

We’re happy to announce that Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.

Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading, a love of books, and an appreciation for the authors who write them. We both work every day to help authors like you reach a wider audience and make a better living at your craft, and together with Goodreads we intend to build many new ways to delight authors and readers alike.

We’re excited to help create an even more powerful offering for all of our authors, and we hope you are too. You can read more in the press release here and the blog post from Goodreads here.

The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Flag of Brazil announced today via their KDP Forum that authors may now publish their books in Brazil.



We are excited to announce Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is now available in Brazil! Your KDP published books, where you have indicated publication rights, are available in the new Brazil Kindle Store. To review your preferences for your titles sold in Brazil, simply visit your KDP Bookshelf.

Take advantage of these great benefits:

Publish in Brazil in Portuguese – You can now quickly and easily publish your Portuguese-language books in Brazil at
Reach More Readers Worldwide – Make your books available in your native country of Brazil and in more than 175 countries worldwide.
Earn up to 70% Royalties – Adjust your list pricing in Brazilian Real and be eligible to earn up to 70% royalty for book sales in Brazil. You’ll only be eligible if your titles are enrolled in KDP Select which helps readers discover your books through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on,, and
Get paid in Brazilian Real – Receive payment in your local currency for book sales in Brazil. Simply update your KDP Account Page and save your payment preferences.

Visit KDP Brazil today.

Kind Regards,

The Kindle Direct Publishing Team has announced that they are adding a bonus of $1.5 million to the global fund for Kindle Publishers. The bonus is only available to titles participating in KDP Select.

Announced Via Email

KDP Select is adding a bonus of $1.5 million to the global fund for the holidays and we don’t want you to miss out! The bonus is on top of the regular monthly fund during the three-month period from December 2012-February 2013. In December, the global fund will be $1,400,000 in total.

You will earn a share of the global fund amount every time your book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on,, and Enrollment requires that the book be exclusive to Kindle for 90 days, and can be done on a title by title basis. Plus, you can reach more readers worldwide than ever before with millions of new Kindles being opened this holiday season.