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Bangor Named Publishing Capital of Wales


Bangor has been named as the place in Wales with the highest concentration of self-published authors according to data released by Amazon. The city, the oldest in Wales, has more authors per capita publishing their work through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) programme than any other town or city, followed by Aberystwyth, Llandudno and Newport.

The top independent publishing hotspots in Wales are: 

  1. Bangor
  2. Aberystwyth
  3. Llandudno
  4. Newport
  5. Barry
  6. Swansea
  7. Wrexham
  8. Cardiff
  9. Port Talbot
  10. St Davids
  11. Neath
  12. Merthyr Tydfil
  13. St Asaph

The rankings were released in conjunction with news that the Amazon Academy for Authors – a free event providing aspiring authors with advice and support – will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on September 11th. Writers who are keen to find out more about self-publishing can register to attend here:

Internationally renowned self-published authors including LJ Ross and Mark Dawson will be attending the event. They will be on hand to offer guidance and advice to ambitious authors, aspiring to be the next big name in literature.

LJ Ross, one of the authors speaking at the event, said: “As Wales’ oldest city, Bangor is soaked in history and culture. A walk along its streets will fill you with inspiration and it’s no surprise that the city has topped Amazon’s independent publishing charts. Writing and sharing my stories has been such a gift to me and I hope the Amazon Academy will inspire more budding authors to follow their passion through Kindle Direct Publishing.”

The free event is open to everyone and is run in partnership with Enterprise Nation, the Department for International Trade, Be the Spark Wales and Be the Business. In addition to insight on how to write a bestseller, the Amazon Academy for Authors will also cover best practice for publishing books in print and digital via KDP, Amazon’s independent publishing programme.

“Wales is a country steeped in literary history. It’s the birthplace of Roald Dahl and many other world-famous authors who have fuelled the imagination of readers for many years, so we’re incredibly excited to be bringing our Amazon Academy for Authors event to Newport in September,” said Darren Hardy, Manager, Kindle Direct Publishing UK, Amazon. “We hope the event will offer local writers the opportunity to obtain valuable advice from established authors who were once in their shoes and learn how to get their work read around the world through Kindle Direct Publishing.”

Commenting on the benefits of Kindle Direct Publishing, author Mark Dawson added:

“Kindle Direct Publishing has helped me build a successful writing career. It’s simple to use and a great way to get your books into the hands of readers fast. I look forward to sharing my experiences using Kindle Direct Publishing at the Amazon Academy.”

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a programme that allows authors to reach a potential audience of millions of readers both digitally and in print. KDP enables authors to retain their copyrights, keep control, distribute globally, get to market fast and do it for free. With royalties of up to 70%, thousands of authors now earn a living through KDP. All books published through KDP are available on Kindle and Fire devices as well as the Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets.

The Amazon Academy for authors will take place alongside an Amazon Academy for small businesses in Wales, which will offer free practical advice to help them boost their export sales and grow their revenue through e-commerce.