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tmmarie

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Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:56 PM
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Curious if anyone else has suggestions for different ebook sale sites. Since sales have dropped to nearly nothing on Amazon and my sales at B & N have almost tripled, I thought maybe I'll look into other sale sites. I currently already explored Smashwords, Kobo and all All Romance Ebooks. Anymore out there I'm missing?

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cdalebrittain

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 6:07 PM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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Sounds like you've hit most of the main ones. The only other major site is iTunes. You can get into it (with difficulty) if you have a Mac (I did, but it was an epic quest), and (theoretically) there are Mac emulators, but many authors get there via other aggregators. I believe Smashwords will put you on iTunes. If they won't, Lulu will. However, iTunes sales are not very strong; buyers go there for music more than books.

You might also consider making your book an audio book if it's a full-length novel. You can connect with voice artists through ACX, which is owned by Amazon, and they'll get your audiobook on Audible and iTunes. I'm actually seeing better sales from audiobooks right now than KDP.
tmmarie

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 6:32 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Great idea, never considered audiobooks. thanks :)
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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 6:37 PM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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Make sure your books are not enrolled in Select before you start making them available on all those other sites.
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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 14, 2013 8:55 PM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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I thought maybe I'll look into other sale sites.

One of Kobo's Associate sites (WHSmith in the UK) is in a rage over erotica being passed along with the Indie books from Kobo and has closed down their online store while they purge it all from their systems. Indie authors have been complaining that Kobo is also now removing anything that resembles erotica so you might want to investigate before wasting your time uploading there. Good luck.
tmmarie

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Oct 15, 2013 3:57 AM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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Thanks everyone. Yes I am aware of KOBOs issues but my books aren't Erotica, and I am not enrolled in KDP Select. I think KDP select is what is ruining Amazon and why I do so well on B & N then on Amazon. Sales have almost always been better there then on here. Of course who doesn't like free or cheap books. Anyway, I think I am going to check out the Audio book idea.
Lindsay Chamber...

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 4:17 PM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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Any luck on the audio book idea?

I just started with audible.com and began the process of having my book recorded for the audio book format. I really like this idea, but was wondering about others experiences?
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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 4:36 PM   in response to: Lindsay Chamber... in response to: Lindsay Chamber...
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What do they charge for an audio book?

I also sell at xin xii and Bookrix and I uploaded all my titles to Draft2Digital. Although the last two weeks have been dead, I recommend D2D. Xin xii is a German site and the royalties get gobbled by taxes but I still like it. Bookrix is also a German site but the royalties are better. You may be doubling, tripling up on Amazon but I get more royalties when I spread myself thin. You've got to keep the price the same or you could get booted out. I believe the different sites are like bookstores, can't have too many offering your book.

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Lindsay Chamber...

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 4:41 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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I won't be charged anything for the creation of the audio book. The narrator will receive royalties as the version sells.

I couldn't agree with you more! I take every opportunity I can to put my works into the hands of readers, so thank you for sharing those sites! I will definitely be looking into them!
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:11 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Cdale can you add a link to whatever it was you mentioned ACX...something?
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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:13 PM   in response to: Marcy Henshaw in response to: Marcy Henshaw
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Marcy Henshaw

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:20 PM   in response to: jm14 in response to: jm14
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Thanks!!
mixus

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:49 PM   in response to: tmmarie in response to: tmmarie
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Smash words is the way to go. they can get you into: Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble,Sony, Diesel, Page Foundary, Baker/Taylor, Flipkart, Oyster and various others.

You could also try Gumroad. Gumroad allows you to sell your titles through Goodreads and many other sites that have HTTPS in their titles, you may notice amazon has https also, and get paid into your paypal account or US bank account. By copy and pasting a special link. Gumroad takes the hassle out of creating your own website to sell your books.
Robert Stetson

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 8:14 PM   in response to: mixus in response to: mixus
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I got the feeling that gumroad is not free.

Dp they charge for publishing?
Bill Smith

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Re: Other Sale Platforms?
Posted: Dec 21, 2013 9:45 AM   in response to: Robert Stetson in response to: Robert Stetson
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Gumroad is a GREAT service. They do not charge up front. They charge 25 cents + 5% per sale, you get the rest (minimum sale price of 99 cents). So you would net a very competitive 69 cents on a 99 cent book, $1.64 on $1.99 ebook, $2.59 on a $2.99 book.

You can also set the price to free or "pay what you want" (shown on the site as $0+).

The nice thing about Gumroad is that it is easy, easy, easy for publishers and readers.

Readers just have to enter their email address and payment into to buy and download. Readers can buy from anywhere in the world with a major credit card, just buy and download. No geographic restrictions or extra charges for different countries.

No charges to authors for data transfer/file size (there is a file size limit but it is something huge like 100 megs, so for all intents and purposes, you don't have to worry about not making your book too big -- Gumroad is great for selling photo books and graphic novels.

They only accept major credit cards and do NOT accept PayPal (unlike Smashwords.) They do not offer DRM "protection" (I think DRM causes a lot more harm than good, so this is a non-issue for me.)

For publishers, just sign up, create a page for your book and upload the file (you can link to your personal website through your sales page, too). You can also create a User Profile/Author page where you can link all of your books and link to your personal website.

You have to create all of your own files on your own (use Calibre) -- there is no file conversion service of any kind.

I would encourage you to tell customers what format ebook they will get, for example: "You will get a .mobi file for Kindle" or "You will get an Epub file."

Just this week, they added the option to offer bundles of mulitple files, so you could sell the book and give readers the option to download multiple formats. (Prior to that, each different file -- epub, mobi, PDF -- had to have its own different page; the only way to offer multiple formats was to upload a zip with the files inside.)

I'd encourage you to offer Epub, Mobi and PDF at a bare minimum, but it thoughtful to also offer plain text (.txt), plain HTML, RTF (word processor) and possibly include the cover as a separate JPG.

The only downside with Gumroad is that you have to actively promote it -- nobody is going to just stumble across your book the way they will on Amazon, Smashwords, etc.
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