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e-Book or Paper Book – Where Do You Earn More?

As a novice self-publisher you might have started out with e-books, but at some point just too many inquires call for a paper version. Then the question comes up:  shall I use a book printer or go the POD (print on demand) publishing route?

Get as many quotes from book printers and digital printers as possible in order to compare them with prices and royalties from PODs.  Check out the quality of books printed and bound when you do your comparison of the printers.  Digital printers are often located in university areas or can be found on the internet. 

CreateSpace, POD, a branch of Amazon, offers a handy calculator:
https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/#content5

As a book example I typed in:
$9.99 as retail price, interior black&white with bleed, 128 pages and a trim size of 6×9 inches.

Result:  Your royalties could vary from $1.61 to $5.61 – depending on where and in which format your book is sold.  CreateSpace is the manufacturer and aggregator (and uploads your book to retailers) at the same time.  The sales channel percentage is deducted from your book’s list price, depending on the sales channel the book is sold: CreateSpace e-Store (e-book) 20%, Amazon 40% and through expanded distribution channel 60%.

CreateSpace has a “Pro Plan” which is an annual title subscription that provides authors with the opportunity to earn a larger royalty share on their title, reduce your book’s manufacturing fees, and gain access to the Expanded Distribution Channel (optional). You can upgrade your book to Pro Plan at any time for $39.00. After your first year, you pay just $5.00 annually for each of your Pro Plan titles.

ROYALTY COMPARISON

Paper Book Amazon:

With the Pro Plan – Royalty = $3.61 (CS share $6.38*)

Without the Pro Plan – Royalty =$1.93 (CS share $8.06*)

Paper Book Expanded Distribution (Wholesale & Book Retailers):

Only with the Pro Plan – Royalty = $1.61 (CS share 8.38*)

(*CreateSpace Share (CS) is for formatting ebooks or printing paper books). However they are not the only ones who can format and upload your books to Sony, Diesel or Chapters (Canada) and handle the payments: eBookIt.com and LuLu.com are other options. Yet for paper books CreateSpace seems to be a convenient option.

Kindle Book

What are the E-Book Royalty Rates for Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple?

Comparison of the maximum eBook royalty rates offered by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, etc. This is the percent of the book’s list price that the publisher (or you, if self-publishing) will receive if an eBook is sold through the following vendors:

List Price Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Apple
FREE 0% 0% 0%
$0.99-$2.98 35% 40% 70%
$2.99-$9.99 70% 65% 70%
$10-$199.99 35% 40% 70%

Amazon: For e-books between $2.99-$9.99, Amazon has a delivery charge. For each book sold, it subtracts $0.15 per MB of the book’s size from the list price, after which it calculates royalties. Books <$2.99 or >$9.99 don’t have a delivery charge, but they do have certain size requirements. Books $0-$0.99 are supposed to be ❤ MB, books $1-$1.99 are supposed to be 3<MB<10, and books $2-$2.98 are supposed be >10 MB in size in order to qualify for 35% royalties.

CreateSpace e-Store (e-book):

With the Pro Plan – Royalty = $5.61 (CS share $4.38)
Without the Pro Plan – Royalty = $3.93 (CS share $6.06)

Provided you have a professionally edited and formatted e-book with an appealing cover, you can upload direct to Amazon, which gives you one additional dollar more on royalty per e-book sold -always worthwhile for a successful book!

 
 

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Does Apple launch a Genuine Self-Publishing Program?



This would be a huge step forward for Apple to compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble and would tremendously benefit independent authors who want to submit directly to Apple and not be forced to go through various Aggregators in order to have their ebooks submitted to the iPad.

One of the advantages that Amazon and Barnes&Noble have over Apple, is their own self-publishing program. Even though Apple does have a little known process to publish your own books – it involves a validated ePub file, ISBN identifiers from the Library of Congress and a willingness to run the daunting work of Apple’s contracts, paperwork, and use iTunes Connect. This entire process is very time consuming and many users are even unaware of its existence.

Instead of dealing directly with Apple, self-published authors have been using official Aggregator’s such as; Ingram, INscribe Digital, LibreDigital or Lulu or Bookwire in Europe. Publishing Aggregator’s are proving to be a popular option for people to self-publish with because they help you along the entire process and normally submit to many other bookstores. But they have their downsites: Most of them appear officially as the publisher and get a nice junk out of your royalties. Be aware:  Even if these aggregators offer free upfront service to download to Apple, it will cut into your earnings, once your book is successful as they cut your royalties from Apple.

Who benefits from Apples new program?
If Apple does start their own self-pub service in the next few weeks many authors and publishers will adapt it because of Apples famous “ease of use” philosophy.  Small and medium size publishing companies and organizations right now publish rich media titles or kids books and sell them as apps. In the future they have the option to publish ebooks with their same Apple developer account while making the process more streamlined.

How Apple iBooks needs to compete with Amazon: Better author tools

Erica Sadun wrote a great article about the deficiencies of Apples current publisher program:
Apple’s iBooks program currently allows authors to self-publish ebooks. Authors create their own business built around iTunes Connect, just as they do for self-published apps.So where does Apple have room to improve?iBooks tools are frustrating. You can publish on Amazon with little more than an account, a doc file and a smile. For iBooks, you need validated ePub files, ISBN identifiers from the Library of Congress and a willingness to run the gauntlet of contracts, paperwork, and the hell that is iTunes Connect.

iTunes Connect
It’s not that iTunes Connect is so unusuable from a web page perspective, it’s that its servers are often so loaded that each request may take several minutes to complete for each region. You can lose an entire day of work just moving through paperwork details.

Amazon makes it so simple and intuitive to list books that when you have to move over to iTunes, the difference hits you right in the face. If Apple is to make its mark in iBooks, it has to simplify publishing for independents.

Read this great article doted with more valuable tips here:
http://www.tuaw.com/2012/01/05/how-apple-ibooks-needs-to-compete-with-amazon-better-author-too/

 

 

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Where Can You Sell Your e-Books?


E-Book sales will rise to almost $10 billion in 2016, according to a JuniperResearch.

Authors and small publishers gain more and more opportunities to market their book and magazin content via online publishers and e-book distributors.  But exactly where can e-books be sold, beside their own e-commerce website – which every author should have to keep 100% profits?

Ebook Stores to submit your book

Amazon (Kindle)
They offer currently over one million ebooks and audio books in various sattelite estores around the world. Royalty rates are 70 percent for titles priced between $2.99 and $9.99 that are at least 20 percent lower than the lowest list price for the title’s print version. For prices below or above, the royalty rate is 35 percent.
Supported formats are PDF, AZW, Mobipocket and ePub.

Barnes&Noble Books (Nook)
Only US-based authors and publishers can distribute through B&N’s PubIt! site.  Royalty rates are 65 percent for titles priced between $2.99 and $9.99. For other prices 40 percent.
Supported formats are PDF and ePub.

Apple iBookstore (iPad)
The Apple iBookstore lists presently over 700,000 titles. The royalty rate is 70 percent for all book prices over $2.99. To publish there you have to use a Mac device and have a US Tax ID (including non-US residents), a valid iTunes Store account among others.

Ebook Stores to submit your book via Aggregators / Author Services

Sony Reader Store
Over 1.2 million titles are currently listed at the Sony Reader Store. Selling books Sony using an aggregator such as eBookIt, FastPencil, LuLu or BookBaby, earned royalty be 60 percent.

Kobo
Kobo lists over 2.3 million titles on their own Kobo eReader Touch. Their focus is on mobile devices including cell phones.  Authors and small publishers must use the eBookIt Distributor. In addition to royalty rates, Kobo charges a conversion fee that starts at $29.
Kobo supports ePub format.

 

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Steve Jobs February 24,1955 – October 5, 2011

 
 
Steve Jobs in the 80s

Steve Jobs in the 80s

 

Steve Jobs in the 90s

Steve Jobs in the 90s

 
 

Steve Jobs introducing iPad

 
Steve Jobs 2010

Steve Jobs 2010

Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded APPLE and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.

Apple announced the death of Jobs:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple said. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations including Apple II, Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, that enrich and improve all of our lives. He had resigned as chief executive of Apple in August, after struggling with illness for nearly a decade.”

Few public companies were as entwined with their leaders as Apple was with Jobs, who co-founded the computer maker in his parents’ Silicon Valley garage in 1976, and decades later — in a comeback as stunning as it seemed improbable — plucked it from near-bankruptcy and turned it into the world’s most valuable technology company.

The Los Angeles Times wrote:
“In the annals of modern American entrepreneur-heroes, few careers traced a more mythic sweep. An adopted child in a working-class California home, Jobs dropped out of college and won the title “father of the computer revolution” by the age of 29. But by 30 he had been forced out of the company he had created, a bitter wound he nursed for years as his fortune shrank and he fought to regain his early eminence.

Once out of the wilderness of exile, however, he brought forth a series of innovations — unveiling them with matchless showmanship — that quickly became ubiquitous. He turned the release of a new gadget into a cultural event, with Apple acolytes lining up like pilgrims at Lourdes.”

 

 
 

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Your Earnings for e-Books

 

e-book on the beach

e-book on the beach


Royalties at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple (iPad) e-book distributors / sellers:

All prices in US Dollar, percentage is from the e-books list price.
None of the Distributors pay royalties for free books or those over $200.

Amazon’s relatively strict pricing structure, which is meant to keep competitive in the e-book market, encourages that digital book prices are between $2.99 and $9.99, as well as 20% cheaper than the same book in paper-and-ink form.

 


AMAZON

$ 0.99 – 2.98 = 35%
$ 2.99 – 9.99 = 70% (minus $0.15 for each MB transfer)
$ 10.00 – 199.99 = 35%

BARNES & NOBLE

$ 0.99 – 2.98 = 40%
$ 2.99 – 9.99 = 65%
$ 10.00 – 199.99 = 40%

APPLE iPAD

$ 0.99 – 2.98 = 70%
$ 2.99 – 9.99 = 70%
$ 10.00 – 199.99 = 70%

 

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700g iPad instead of 17 Kilo Paper for Pilots

Airplane landing

United Airlines, Continental and Alaska Airlines are replacing the hefty flight manuals and chart books its pilots have long used with 11,000 iPads carrying the same data.

The 0.7 kilogram iPad will take the place of about 17 kilograms of paper instructions, data and charts pilots have long used to help guide them, parent company United Continental Holdings said.

The popular tablet computer will carry the Mobile FliteDeck software app from Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary which provides navigation tools for air, sea and land.

Read more:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10747192

Heavy Pilot Case

Heavy Pilot Case

 

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The near Future of Books

Kindle Reader

Kindle e-Reader

Myriads of articles have already been written about the Kindle, Nook and iPad and how they have revolutionized the way people read. Many experts are forecasting that more than 90% of books will go straight to a digital state in the future. More interactive, dynamic literature shows up on e-Readers. Consumers flock to these devices for their ease of use, durability, portability and the fact that they clear up plenty of space on living room shelves.

Authors will grow even more media-savvy
The gap between readers and their favorite authors becomes more and more narrow. Through Facebook, Twitter, foren and blogs, writers can completely bypass the agents and managers and publishers and go straight to the readers themselves. Authors feel as if the trend will continue, they need a viable internet life. Failure to do so, they fear, compromises their chances of getting picked up for publication and capturing the interest of readers — and their money. The industry will probably experience an upswing of writers eagerly embracing social media and blogging in order to promote their work.

Memoirs expand as a genre
Autobiography and memoirs have always been around, but over the past few years have enjoyed more and more popularity — even blending with other genres such as business and travel guides, self-help and how-to books, comics and plenty more. Books will no longer have a minimum length, writers now have a platform to release the works they want people to read on their own terms.

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