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Things that have changed in the last year: (not necessarily in this order)
Tags and likes disappeared form Amazon pages..
Amazon introduced the Select Program
Amazon stopped websites from offering free books through their associates program.
Amazon gave free books to readers willing to report typos, and then told authors to fix them..
Amazon opened stores in other countries.
Amazon introduced a program that looks for typos in the document when uploaded.
Amazon is beta testing a cover designer in their upload platform.
B&N introduced a new upload platform using cloud to write, edit and format new books (which I have not tried yet.)
Amazon bought GoodReads
Goodreads reviews disappeared from Kobo? (so far just a rumor.)
Apple opens stores in other countries
B&N opens a UK store
Kobo opens the door to direct publishing for authors
A new website offers "better and faster" publishing with monthly payments in direct competition with Lulu and Smashwords. (Still in beta testing)
Amazon's select program proves not to be a good thing for all authors. Many back out, while new authors join.
New books with an abundance of typos will be rejected by all of the booksellers.
More free days for Amazon Select authors and readers.
Amazon will begin to format books on upload to fit all their readers.
B&N will develop a cover art maker.
Kobo will rush to catch up.
Amazon will revise their report system.
More people will try to lure authors into their small publishing companies to take advantage of the ebook profits authors are now receiving.
A price war will develop between booksellers
Apple will develop a way for PC users to upload without using a MAC.
The cost of reader devices will continue to drop as the world becomes more digital.
More people will read on their phones.
All booksellers will move away from free books or offer two for the price of one.
More traditionally published authors will turn Indie to take advantage of higher returns and monthly payments.
Traditional publisher will use Amazon as their slush pile and offer more contracts to tried and true Indie authors.
Some traditional publishers will go under.
Literary Agents will begin to solicit more Indie authors, promising great things they may not be able to deliver.
So what do I know? Not a lot, except that it's becoming hard to keep up.Feel free to add your changes and predictions. I'm sure I've missed some.
Marti Talbott is the author of the Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, the Carson Series and the Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series.) Her books are available in Kindle, Nook, iPad Kobo, and paperback. Visit her website at www.martitalbott.com