OK so what does ‘Kindle Unlimited’ author payment by the page really mean?

I’m not sure yet what to think of the Amazon plan to pay authors enrolled in their Kindle Unlimited programme on a page-basis. This system doesn’t replace the sale model –it runs alongside it and makes books available for Kindle readers, free. Amazon pays authors instead from an undefined ‘pool’. This latest amendment simply changes the… More OK so what does ‘Kindle Unlimited’ author payment by the page really mean?

And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…

This week’s news that a previously unsuspected magnitude 8+ mega-quake could hit central New Zealand and then douse the place with tsunami isn’t too surprising to me. I wrote the most recent pop-sci book on our earthquakes. It was published by Penguin Random House last year. While I was writing the book I had a chat… More And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…

Can we sell books with suggestive gibberish?

The other day I tried to buy a little smackerel of something from a fast food joint. When I went to close the deal the fellow behind the counter suddenly said “Wuddawuddabopbopbop.” Hilarity ensued. Me: I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Goon: WUDDAWUDDABOPBOPBOP. Me: Sorry, still don’t get it. Can you repeat it slowly, not louder? Goon:… More Can we sell books with suggestive gibberish?

Announcing ‘Western Front – The New Zealand Division 1916-18’

My book Western Front – The New Zealand Division 1916-18  is being re-released this week – precisely a decade on from its original print publication – by Intruder Books. With an all-new cover. This was an important book for me, the first of three I wrote exploring the psychology of warfare through the lens of the… More Announcing ‘Western Front – The New Zealand Division 1916-18’

Anticipating the next trend in book cover styles

I recently dug out some of the military histories I wrote in the late 1990s-early 2000s, largely because Intruder Books are reissuing some of them and I wanted to check out the old cover designs. Not to use those covers again – the license isn’t available – but to remind myself how they looked, way back when,… More Anticipating the next trend in book cover styles