One of the questions indie authors ask themselves is whether to go wide with their book distribution or to publish exclusively with Amazon so they can take advantage of the perks offered by KDP Select. Some of those perks include:

  • Book availability to Kindle Unlimited subscribers
  • The ability to take part in Kindle Countdown deals
  • You can do a free book promotion – you’re allowed 5 free days out of every 90 you’re enrolled in KDP Select

But there are cons to it. The biggest one to me is that publishing exclusively with any publisher puts you at the mercy of that publisher. If Amazon changed their royalty rate (I don’t think they’d ever do this) from 70% for books $1.99 and up, to 30% across the board, this would cause a major impact on the finances of authors who have opted for exclusivity.

I’ve done both. Even right now, I have a few books exclusive with Amazon and a few book wide. It was the only way for me to see what benefits I would have from publishing exclusively with Amazon.

There are very successful author who are Amazon only authors. One of the most popular and success if Hugh Howey. But then there’s also Liliana Hart who goes wide. In the end, each author has to decide what is best for them. For the authors who choose to go wide, there’s some pretty exciting news.

Barnes and Noble Press

They’ve made some changes to more closely align their ebook store with their brick and mortar stores. They’ve also updated their royalty percentages. Here are some of the highlights, taken from their site:

  • They’ve combined and unified their eBook and print platforms under their new brand
  • Users can select subject categories for print and eBooks that more closely match those on BN.com
  • 12 month eBook pre-order capability available to all publishers
  • Increased royalty rate of 65% for eBooks priced $10.00 or higher
  • Discounting on the first 10 personal copies ordered of each print book title
  • Additional trim sizes, glossy covers, and more affordable color printing options

Check out the link above to find out more.

Kobo

Kobo has been in the epublishing game for a while. If you don’t know who they are, and you’re an indie, you need to find out.

Last week, Kobo announced some pretty major news. A partnership with Walmart. What does that look like? Here are some of the details:

  • Walmart will be offering Kobo’s catalog of ebooks through a Walmart/Kobo app
  • Audio books will be coming soon, too. This is pretty huge. Right now, Audible (owned by Amazon) pretty much owns the audio book market. It will be interesting to see how this develops and what kind of competition they offer to Audible.
  • Walmart will be selling possibly as early as spring

iBooks

There may be changes coming for the iBooks app that will making accessibility to books easier for readers. This could also include a tab for audio books. Currently, readers have to open the music app to listen to an audio book. Also, they’ll no longer have to go to iTunes to buy an audio book. They’ll be able to do it in iBooks, which makes sense.

Click the link to find out more.

All of this is exciting news for readers and authors. Whenever a reader can find books easier, that’s a win. Having more book buying options is also a win.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

Heather Elizabeth King is a novelist who lives in Virginia and writes paranormal mysteries. She's been a story teller since she can remember. Some of her favorite memories are of telling stories to her girlfriends at slumber parties when she was a pre-teen. Heather is a recipient of numerous book review awards, including: *The Gold Star Award from Just Erotic Romance Reviews *A Recommended Read from Fallen Angel Reviews *The Joyfully Recommended Award from Joyfully Reviewed *A CAPA Award nomination from The Romance Studio.

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