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Curtis Brown launches digital programme with Kindle Direct Publishing

Agency Curtis Brown has launched a digital self-publishing programme through Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, in a venture primarily aimed at breaking UK authors into the US market.

Writers including Tony Parsons, Adele Parks, Colin Bateman, Emily Barr and Rosie Goodwin are among those with books in the launch programme, set to be released as e-books and as print-on-demand by CB Creative Books. The publishing programme includes over 200 titles and begins this month (December).

Curtis Brown’s joint c.e.o. Jonny Geller said: “We are excited to work with Amazon on this initiative to reach new audiences for our authors. Primarily geared toward breaking UK based authors in the US, we are able to work with our authors to find new ways of getting to the readers they so richly deserve.”  

The move will make the entire backlist of novelist Adele Parks available on Kindle for the first time in the US. She said: “I'm so delighted to be part of this evolutionary opportunity... My US fans have been continually calling for an e-book offering, so fingers crossed they'll be as pleased as I am.” 

CB Creative Books follows other initiatives, including the new Curtis Brown Creative website launched this year to take submissions online, and the start this week of a six-month course for novelists with Tony Parsons as guest tutor.

 Anna Davis, Director of the Curtis Brown Creative Writing School said: “Curtis Brown Creative is all about empowering writers, both new and established. It’s great that Amazon has enabled us to help our clients launch their fantastic backlists into territories where they have not previously been published and to promote their books effectively to readers.”

Already available on Amazon.com from CB Creative are titles including Colette Caddle's Between the Sheets (UK e-book with Simon & Schuster), Stranded by Emily Barr (UK e-book by Review) and Zoe Miller's Rival Passions (UK e-book with Hachette Digital). All are being priced at $7.99.

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I am curious. Does this mean the author's works will not be available on other readers such as the Ipad, the Nook, Kobo and other readers? The announcement appears to imply an exclusive arrangement with Kindle. If there is an exclusive arrangement it doesn't say how long the other companies with eReaders will be left out of publishing these authors.

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Hi Robert, yes, there is a period of exclusivity. We are told its length is not uniform, but varies from book to book, and is individual to the various authors' own arrangement with Amazon. No details therefore have been released.

Interesting. So what is the financial advantage Amazon is offering in exchange for not allowing the authors works to appear on other eReaders?

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I'd be interested to know how this affects Curtis Brown's relationship with publishers, and why these books weren't released as US ebooks by their original publishers. Also how Curtis Brown will split the 70% Amazon KDP royalty with its authors.

My books are in KDP Select, and the advantages are a) inclusion in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, b) the option to make a book free five days out of ninety, and c) 70% royalty on sales in India.

This is a great launch for the readers and the writers. Writers can reach out to a bigger target audience while readers will be able to read their favorite titles from their favorite writers. On top of that, e-books are accessible from all over the world, creating a bigger platform for writers to reach out to potential readers worldwide.

I am curious. Does this mean the author's works will not be available on other readers such as the Ipad, the Nook, Kobo and other readers? The announcement appears to imply an exclusive arrangement with Kindle. If there is an exclusive arrangement it doesn't say how long the other companies with eReaders will be left out of publishing these authors.

Robert Gottlieb
Chairman
Trident Media Group, LLC
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www.tridentmediagroup.com

Hi Robert, yes, there is a period of exclusivity. We are told its length is not uniform, but varies from book to book, and is individual to the various authors' own arrangement with Amazon. No details therefore have been released.

Interesting. So what is the financial advantage Amazon is offering in exchange for not allowing the authors works to appear on other eReaders?

Robert Gottlieb
Chairman
Trident Media Group, LLC
Like us on Facebook
www.tridentmediagroup.com

I'd be interested to know how this affects Curtis Brown's relationship with publishers, and why these books weren't released as US ebooks by their original publishers. Also how Curtis Brown will split the 70% Amazon KDP royalty with its authors.

My books are in KDP Select, and the advantages are a) inclusion in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, b) the option to make a book free five days out of ninety, and c) 70% royalty on sales in India.

This is a great launch for the readers and the writers. Writers can reach out to a bigger target audience while readers will be able to read their favorite titles from their favorite writers. On top of that, e-books are accessible from all over the world, creating a bigger platform for writers to reach out to potential readers worldwide.