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More Options for Authors to Sell Their Books

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Amazon’s global competitor Kobo sells not only in Great Britain and Ireland. More countries will follow as Kobo will be soon the second-largest international online e-book retailer.  In former blog posts we covered the benefits of Kobo’s “Writing Life“.  Uploading is easy and you get 70% royalties, same as on Amazon.

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More and more bookstores will sell books in any form, on any platform, Kobo e-books is one of them. The Huffington Post published an article a while ago, how independent bookstores can survive and mentioned the iconic San Francisco bookstore Kepler’s in Menlo Park, CA, who is listed under the Independent Bookstore participants and the Kobo e-reading program.

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Indiebound offers more than 3.5 million titles. Check out these independent Bookstores in your town/State, that are participating at Indibound.org  and upload your book or e-book to Kobo.  And than for sure, you can arrange a book signing with these “brick & mortar stores”.  Indiebound.org’s website offers also a North America map, the “Indie Store Finder” for USA and Canada where you get lists of all indie bookstores in your area.
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Authors can also earn on their website from Indie books. As part of the IndieBound.org Affiliate Program, they can extend the passion and knowledge of independent bookstores into your online community, and earn generous commissions.
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Writer Molly Greene explained on her blog Kobo to her (non-Canadian or UK) writing audience and how they set up and sign in with Kobo and how to upload and sell your e-book with Kobo.
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In a recent article we reported about the great improvements for Kobo Authors.  Kobo lets you sell your e-books to readers worldwide, e.g. Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Brazil and European countries.  Kobo customers own their books for life! Read your Kobo books on any open standard device and bring your books to a growing number of Kobo eReading Apps.  Free Kobo eReading apps are offered for smartphones, tablets and computers – Kobo automatically saves your place and syncs your bookmarks across devices.
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Why sell books only to one or two companies? Well, actually, it’s not even selling, it is a kind of consignment… as online book retailers don’t pay you upfront, only when your book is sold will you get money. Upload your book not only to Amazon and Barnes&Noble, but to Kobo as well, an online retailer where your books can be sold in independent, local bookstores.

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Put Your Eggs in More Than One Basket!

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Last month I wrote already about Kobo’s expansion.  In the meantime was a lot of talk about Amazon’s removal of book reviews from innocent author pages plus their author / customer-unfriendly attitude. This is just one more reason to go with as many book retailers as possible.  What would you think if a business sells their products only through one retailer?  Economic suicide!  Isn’t it?  Why sell books only to one company?  And it is not even selling, it is a kind of consignment… because they don’t pay you upfront, only when your book is sold, will you get money!

Authors would be wise to sell their books not only through Amazon, but as well on Barnes & Noble, Apple and especially Kobo and other online book retailer websites, to have their “eggs in more than one basket”.

However, there are many more online retailers for e-books and books than just Amazon, Apple, Sony, Diesel, Kobo  or Barnes & Noble. Oh, yes, even Google sells e-books, but they pay the author / publisher a lousy royalty.
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I blogged about Kobo already:  they are paying 80% royalty until November 30, 2012, instead of the regular 70% by Amazon or Apple for books priced between $2.99 and $9.99.  Here are some of biggest online retailers for e-books:

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www.booksonboard.com/

www.ebooks.com

www.ebookmall.com

www.indiebound.org

www.powells.com/ebooks/

www.kobobooks.com/eBooks

www.rbooks.co.uk/ebook.aspx

www.whsmith.co.uk/eBooks.aspx
www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/browse/ebooks/4294964587/

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And here is a whole list of online book stores: http://www.infoagepub.com/iap-ebook-retailers.html
Get online book retailers http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/ebooks.html here too.
And if you want to sell your book worldwide, get the list for online book retailers on all continents from my German author’s blog:
 http://ebookautoren.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/compass/

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If all independent authors or small publishers, who sell through Amazon, would band together – and I am talking here about half a million individuals – we could sell e-books and books really INDEPENDENTLY !!! And if everyone would invest just $10 we could raise $5 Million, enough to set up a professional online book retail shop, including great marketing. It would not only mean business and independence, but also a competition not to underestimate by the Global Player(s).  Indie authors can and should be totally independent, not only from publishers, POD’s and vanity companies, but also have more than a single retail source.

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