Belinda Frisch, an author, reviewer and librarian at GoodReads wrote in her recent blog:
“It was only a matter of time before someone fired back. I’m not sure how I feel about this, yet. Seems to me this is aimed at KDP Select. I’m a librarian at Goodreads and can rescue titles if I can find alternate sources of information including from CreateSpace. If you’re in e-version only, you are up the creek, friends.”
Here’s the official word from Goodreads:
“At Goodreads, we make it a priority to use book information from the most reliable and open data sources,
because it helps us build the best experience for our members. To that end, we’re making a major change.
On January 30, Goodreads will no longer display book information that comes from Amazon. This includes data such as titles, author names, page counts, and publication dates. For the vast majority of book editions, we have imported this data from other sources. Those few remaining editions for which we haven’t found an alternative source of information will be removed from Goodreads.
Your data is safe. Your ratings, reviews, and bookshelves are safe, but your data may be moved to a different edition of the book. If we can’t find a matching edition, then your review will be attached to a book with no title or author.”
I asked Belinda what an author is to do. Her answer:
“The only thing to do if you want to stay included in Goodreads listings is to make sure your book is available
elsewhere (other than Amazon.) B&N, CreateSpace, Lulu, any of those site would save you. If you are enrolled in KDP Select and do not have a print edition of the book available, you can’t do anything.”
My thoughts: You still can participate in the GoodReads forum, talk about your book and have an image of it there. If it is soooo important for you to be listed on GoodReads and have your book sold on their website, get some books printed by a POD – if not, just forget the whole thing. This seems to be a stare-down between GoodReads and Amazon…
Let a small amount of books print from a POD company, such as Lulu.com, BookBaby or CreateSpace – or if you are more entrepreneurial, get quotes from digital printers. In any case create your own cover image and get your own ISBN number and be the publisher. Set your retail price not too low, at least five times the production cost. POD books will be distributed to retailers and whole sale as well.
Samples of POD book printing for you to compare with quotas of digital printers (January 2012):
5.5 x 8.5″ black & white content, $0.015 per page – for a 100page book= $ 1.50 plus $2.50 for binding.
Lulu’s commission is 20% of profit or 25% of revenue / royalty.
Basic production cost for black and white books with 24-108 pages = $2.15 per book. They have a calculator for
your royalties – between 40-80%, depending where the book is sold. Expanded Distribution Price: $25.00 These
additional sales channels make your book available for order to online retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic
institutions, and distributors within the United States.
5.5 x 8.5″ black & white, 100 books, Perfect Binding, Soft Cover, Gloss Cover Finish, Paper 60lb Natural 420PPI 94 Opacity
Price for 100 books: $440.00, Shipping within mainland USA: $49.00 = Sub Total: $489.00 plus tax. One book would then cost you around $4.89 net. There is currently no distribution program for printed books at BookBaby.