Your e-book(s) might be on Amazon.com for quite a while now, and it is certainly convenient for you to have them on the worlds’ largest e-book retailer. But why would you miss out on sales from Apple’s iBooks (best revenue!), on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, any UK bookshops or whole salers, such as Waterstones, Gardners, or the large Australian ebookstore Angus & Robertson and maybe even sales to subscription services, such as Scribd and BookMate or to thousands of libraries through LibraryThing?
Living Outside of the USA?
If you are you living outside the USA, as an independent author and you don’t want to go through all the hassle with opening a US branch for your publishing business – and if you don’t want that aggregators (who call themselves often publishers) receive a fat commission every time your book is sold – for years – consider this option: eBookpartnership, a British company with an office in New York, and representation at the BEA in NYC.
Want to Keep 100% Revenue?
This British book aggregator, eBookpartnership, will upload your e-book to on- and off-line retailers, libraries and distributors and most important: does all the “book-keeping” for you. Authors describe this global ebook distribution network as a “fast, efficient and friendly service”. Their website is very detailed and informative. Authors are charged a standard low annual fee per title no matter of how may retailers you choose to distribute your books to. Per title and per year it will only cost you a flat fee between: £20 and £50, depending on how many titles you give them to distribute.
Consider these Benefits:
- Straightforward pricing and no commission
- An extensive distribution network
- Online sales and royalty reports
- Flexible royalty payment options
- No charges for metadata and pricing changes
- No minimum tie-in
- No need for exclusivity
- Avoid withholding tax on US sales (for non-US residents)
- You certainly can choose to sell through Amazon yourself
More About Distribution Through Aggregators:
Aggregators handle distribution, sales, accepting payments, and are managing your account with the online retailers. Avoid those who take a 10 or even 15% commission for every book sold. Read also about the experience of an author, detailed with all his sales numbers, costs associated and his comparison of revenue on several online retailer sites from Amazon, Apple (best revenue!) and Kobo to sales on his own website.
Not everyone has a Kindle, many folks are die-hard Apple iBook fans or using a Nook, or order from Kobo. Why forego these sales? Good to know: there are alternatives to aggregators who don’t reduce your revenues – no matter how many books you sell.