You've written a great book. You've laid all the groundwork. Your plans are in place. Now it's time to publish. It's time to make some decisions.
EbooksKindle Unlimited vs Going Wide
- Kindle unlimited requires Amazon exclusivity but can be an excellent revenue stream
- Risk of losing your account
- Know your genre
- See how others are doing
- Limited "wide" periods?
- Have to be a Mac user?
- Poor customer service experiences
- Lack of commitment?
- Kobo Writing Life
- Can take advantage of advertising options
- New lending program
- Sales reporting limitations
- Google Play
- Discounting policies
- Open to new authors?
The advantage of these services is you can upload a single set of files and they will publish it to a variety of platforms on your behalf. The trade-off is you will get a slightly lower royalty, although at certain price levels you might make out better.
- Draft 2 Digital
- Easy to use
- Can go free to Nook
- Sometimes get better Nook customer service through D2D
- Reaches a few vendors others do not
- Advertising and promotions
- Distributes to five majors including Amazon
- Better Amazon royalty on books below $2.99 and above $9.99
- Also reaches a few vendors D2D does not
- Variable compensation depending on the type of purchase.
- Doesn't support co-authors
- Limited success.
- The average customer values convenience over price.
- Better for non-fiction?
PaperbacksLikelihood of selling into bookstores.
- Free setup and revisions
- Pricing for expanded distribution
- No flexible discounting
- No annual listing fees
- Poor quality gloss covers
- Expensive setup and revision fees
- Flexible discounting
- Annual listing fees
- Good quality product
- Makes returns possible, but...
- Only accepting publishing houses?
- Accepting individuals
- Very similar to Lightning Source
- Lower setup fees. Coupons.
- Same listing fees.
- Fewer discounting options.
- Still developing, working out the kinks.
- Doesn't seem to be as good a deal as CreateSpace
- Run in the opposite direction as fast as you can
- Overpriced, no distribution, not a good deal.
- Basically an expensive printing service.
- Connects publishers with narrators/producers
- Distributes to Audible, Amazon, iTunes
- Whispersync program
- Pay for production vs Royalty Share
- Exclusive vs Non-exclusive
- May provide your own files
- Flat percentage
- Promo codes
- No gifting
- Problem finding narrators
- Works like ACX.
- Is the translator any good?
- Promo/marketing limitations.