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Authors: Have You Read This?



From useful blogs and articles I found on the Internet:

iBookstore now in 17 Latin-American countries
Christian Zibreg wrote in
“Apple has rolled out paid iBookstore content in a slew of new countries. Paid electronic books first surfaced this morning over in the New Zealand iBookstore, but subsequent reports confirmed that paid content is now live – or in the process of going live – in as much as seventeen Latin American markets such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.”
One more reason to sell your books on Apple’s iPad.

Sad News: will shut down on November 16th started as a fun side project back in 2010. Since then it has grown to help tens of thousands of people publish millions of Tweets and Facebook updates. Starting November 16th you will no longer be able to access your account.
They explained:
“When we launched Timely almost 2 years ago there were no other tools that would automatically figure out the best time for a Tweet to go out. Thankfully there are some great alternatives today such as Buffer or Hootsuite.”
Well, not as conveniently and easy to use as Timely was… I will miss it.

Book Blogger Directory
The Book Blogger Directory is a comprehensive listing of Book Blogs, separated by genre and listed alphabetically. The goal of the Book Blogger Directory is to not only to organize book blogs for users to easily find your blog, it is also there to create a link exchange for search engine optimization. Their mission: To cross promote book bloggers, provide listings by genre and increase links to increase page rank. The benefits of listing on the Book Blogger Directory:  As cross promotion occurs from one blog to the next, your Google Page Rank can increase, higher Google Page Rank means higher search engine rankings!  Higher keyword saturation on the Directory can have your listing show up on search engines.

Requirements to be on the Book Blogger Directory:
Your blog is primarily used to talk about books (8 out of 10 posts are book related). The Book Blogger Directory will not search out book blogs, it is up to users to enter their listings


Google+ (Author) Pages FREE
What more can you wish for? An authors pages that tremendously increases your Search Engine Optimization! A great tool no one should omit, at least not if you want to sell more books…

Google explains: “Differences between Google+ Pages and Google+ Profiles

  • Pages are extremely similar to profiles, but they have some key differences:
  • Pages can be made for a variety of different entities whereas profiles can only be made for people.
  • Pages can have multiple administrators.
  • The default privacy setting for elements on your page profile is public.
  • Local pages have special fields that help people find the business’ physical location.
  • Pages have the +1 button.
  • Pages can’t +1 other pages, nor can they +1 stuff on the Web. (But like profiles, they can +1 inside Google+.)
  • Pages can’t play games.
  • Pages don’t have the option to share to ‘Extended circles’.
  • Pages can’t hangout on a mobile device.
  • Pages can’t add people to circles until the page is added first or mentioned.”




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What are the e-Book Royalties in USA & Canada?


In a former post you could compare royalties for your paper book, when working with POD (Print On Demand) CreateSpace, an Amazon company. Let’s see now what you can earn with your e-books per unit. I am sure you have done your homework and promoted your book on the internet in order to receive bestseller status 😉


  Your Royalty Notes
iBookstore 70%  

Apple for iPad and iPhone

Amazon 70% or 35% 30% is the RETAILER’S SHARE if your book’s retail price is between $2.99 – $9.99.
For retail price below $2.99 or over $9.99.
Sony ReaderStore 40%  
Barnes & Noble 65% or 40% For eBooks with a retail price at or between $2.99 and $9.99, For eBooks with a retail price at or below $2.98 or at or greater than $10.00  
Chapters Canada Kobo 65%  
Google 52% Retailer’s approximate share 75% For any priced book.  The best place to send potential readers of your book
All Others 45%  

Amazon makes it very easy for authors to upload their books and with Apple’s iBookstore it is doable, yet sometimes dreadful (and hopefully in the future as easy as with Amazon). However, most other retailers require an aggregator, such as or keeps 15% of the NET profit from the books.  So for example, let’s say your book sells for $9.99 at Amazon, and qualifies for the 70% royalty.  Amazon would pay $6.99; retains $1.05, and pays the author $5.94. If you sell the same book through the sales page for your book at, you get to keep $7.49, as pays the author 75%. 

Uploading your e-book and working directly with Amazon is probably a good option, as almost all book purchasers choose Amazon as number one to order their e-books. In this case your royalty will be ca. $6.85 without having to pay between $150 and $250 for formatting, provided it is a clean easy text, such as a novel.




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