Departure and Other Stories is now available from the following digital stores in addition to Amazon:
Barnes & Noble (for Nook)
I like the fact that the book’s page in the Scribd store shows the number of page views and shows me an attractive image of what the book would look like in hardback.
It would be useful for authors/publishers if all digital stores provided figures of how many page views have accrued, how many times the ‘look inside’ feature has been accessed, and how many times a sample has been downloaded. I’m sure the retailers have good reasons for keeping those figures to themselves, but I imagine it would be fairly simple for them to make it a feature alongside the sales reports.
I set up an account with Draft2Digital yesterday evening. As I don’t intend to put Departure and Other Stories into Kindle Select (more on this decision in a future post), I can make it available for distribution through other channels in addition to Amazon. This will increase the book’s visibility and, hopefully, bring in more sales.
The publication process was very simple: D2D converted my Word document to an epub for distribution via Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBooks, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, and tolino. I downloaded the epub file for review and it looks good on the first attempt with no formatting errors. Hooray!
As with KDP one can either just set a US $ price and have the prices for other currencies set automatically or there’s the option to set those prices individually. With D2D there’s the option to pick up to five BISAC subjects for the book (although it says many vendors only support the first one or two). Keywords/phrases are not limited to seven as with KDP, so I added fifteen in total! So far, my only complaint has been that, unlike with Amazon, the IRS form I need to fill in so that tax is not withheld on any royalties (I’m a UK resident) has to be submitted by e-mail. So I need to print it out, fill it in and sign it, then photograph or scan it so I can send it to D2D.
D2D has no up-front charges for any of their formatting and distribution services. According to the FAQs, they take a fee of approximately 10% of the retail price (technically 15% of the net royalties). Unlike with KDP, D2D assigns the book a free ISBN number. Authors can submit their own ISBN if one has already been purchased elsewhere.
I have to admit, I’d never heard of Page Foundry or tolino before. It will be interesting to see if I get any sales through those outlets. Apparently, it can take between two hours and two weeks for a book published through D2D to show up in the digital stores. When I got up this morning, the book was already live in the Kobo store. When it goes live on all platforms I’ll update this blog with the relevant links.
Last night, I finally hit ‘save and publish’ to launch my first book, Departure and Other Stories on Amazon. Waking up this morning to find the book available in the Kindle store has left me feeling elated. At the same time, I’m a little nervous that my book – which, to date, has only been read in full by myself and my wonderful editor – is now viewable to millions of people across the world.
I hope readers will find it both thought-provoking and entertaining. You can sample the beginning of the book here. In my next article, I’ll be posting an excerpt from ‘Carnival Day’, the second story in the collection. Follow this blog to be notified of this and future posts.