Where to Publish Your eBook – Some Under-appreciated Options.
When self-publishing an eBook, there are millions of things to consider – how to begin self-publishing, how to format your ebook, how to create a cover, how to market it… All that jazz. But what happens when your eBook is finalized and it’s time for the actual publishing? What digital distributor should you choose?
Amazon’s self-publishing program has all but monopolized the business. Author TC O'Reilly, like many authors, chose Amazon’s Kindle Publishing when publishing The 8th Round – a Sci Fi zombie thriller with an interesting dose of time travel. While Amazon is absolutely a top-notch choice, there are many other untapped audiences that Amazon simply isn’t reaching; and as an author looking to share your book with the masses, why leave a stone unturned?
Why Use Anything Other Than Amazon?
Well, the first answer is, “Because you can.” And the second answer is, “Because it broadens your audience.”
While KDP requires you to pledge the full loyalty and exclusive use of your book to them, this blood oath only lasts for 90 days. If you’re not currently enrolled in KDP, you can broadcast your ebook to Amazon readers and a collection of other readers.
Here are eBook vendors/distributors to consider, and what makes them worth choosing:
and Noble. For a considerable amount of time, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook was
rivaling even the Kindle – and there still are many readers with stone-cold
loyalty to this alternative eBook reader. By publishing your book on Barnes and Noble’s eBook site, you can
connect to all those Nook readers who wouldn’t read your Kindle eBook out of
principle – or simply because they didn’t know it existed, since the Nook
won’t read Kindle eBooks.
A fan favorite among authors, Smashword
is all about eBooks. What makes this site appealing is the way it allows
authors to give free coupons to readers of their choosing, so they can get a
book for free rather than being forced to pay. This works great for friends,
family, and potential reviewers – who definitely play a vital role in an
eBook’s success. It’s known for having a strict set of formatting requirements,
but this also means its published material is pretty top-notch, collecting a
trusted group of readers.
Apple’s bookstore is another untapped well of potential, since those who never
caught the Kindle or Nook wave likely own an iPad or a similar Apple device. By
having your book on the Nook, Amazon, and
iBooks, your chances of finding that perfect niche of readers for your eBook increase.
can visit here to get more specific information on the publishing process.
You can follow the path of debut author TC O'Reilly, and many other authors, by publishing on Amazon, by why limit yourself? By broadening your range, you have the chance to reach a completely different group of readers who might otherwise never enjoy your book – and readers are really what it’s all about.
Hope you found this helpful. Happy writing!