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The number of ebook distribution options is nearly unlimited. Independent publishers and authors may take on the work of distributing titles themselves directly through key channels like Amazon’s ...

The number of ebook distribution options is nearly unlimited. Independent publishers and authors may take on the work of distributing titles themselves directly through key channels like Amazon’s KDP and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!. Or they may instead choose to go through an ebook aggregator that offers to handle placing ebooks into a much wider range of distribution channels. In this presentation, Michael Cader will outline the options available and the value proposition for each approach.

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  • 1. Pathways to Market
  • 2. Pathways Self- Digital Distribution Publishing Distributors Services Services Direct eBookstore Digital Digital AssetPrograms Imprints Distributors
  • 3. Pathways: Publishers Self- Digital Distribution Publishing Distributors Services Services Direct eBookstore Digital Digital AssetPrograms Imprints Distributors
  • 4. Pathways: Agents Self- Digital Distribution Publishing Distributors Services Services Direct eBookstore Digital Digital AssetPrograms Imprints Distributors
  • 5. Pathways: Authors Self- Digital Distribution Publishing Distributors Services Services Direct eBookstore Digital Digital AssetPrograms Imprints Distributors
  • 6. Complete Digital Distributors• Bloomsbury Connect• Bookmasters• Constellation• Ingram
  • 7. Complete Digital Distributors• Bloomsbury Connect (new)• Bookmasters• Constellation• Ingram
  • 8. Distribution Services• Book Baby• Book Brewer• eBookIt• INScribe Digital• MintRight• Smashwords
  • 9. Distribution Services• Book Baby [No Commission]• Book Brewer• eBookIt• INScribe Digital [Five-Title Minimum; Client Services Team; Not Self-Service]• MintRight[Not Self-Service]• Smashwords
  • 10. Self-Publishers• Blurb• Book Country• CreateSpace• Fast Pencil• Lulu• Worthy Shorts
  • 11. Self-Publishers• Blurb [iBookstore Only; Only $1.99]• Book Country [Coming Soon]• CreateSpace• Fast Pencil• Lulu [iBookstore + Nook]• Worthy Shorts
  • 12. Direct eBookstore Programs• Amazon KDP• Amazon Kindle Singles• Barnes & Noble PubIt
  • 13. Direct eBookstore Programs• Amazon KDP• Amazon Kindle Singles• Barnes & Noble PubIt• iBookstore• Google eBooks• Kobo
  • 14. Digital Imprints• New Ventures for New Works• Out-of-Print; Reverted; Never Digital• Digital Imprints from Traditional Houses
  • 15. Digital Imprints: New Works• Amazon Amazon NY; Crossing; Encore; Montlake Romance; Thomas & Mercer; 47North• Diversion Books• Ebook Extreme• Open Road• Scholastic Ruckus• Paperless Publishing
  • 16. Digital Imprints: Older Works• Bloomsbury Reader• DzancrEprint• eReads• Macmillan Bello (UK)• MysteriousPress.com (Mysteries)• Open Road Iconic eBooks; Children’s• Red Wheel Weiser e-Collections (paranormal; psychic phenomena; westerns)• Rosetta Books Crimescape• SF Gateway (sci-fi; horror; fantasy—Gollancz/Orion)
  • 17. Digital Imprints: Traditional• Avon Impulse (HarperCollins)• Carina Press (Harlequin)• Digital First (Tyndale)• InterMix(Berkley/NAL-Penguin)• Loveswept(Random House)• Rouge (Ebury-Random House UK)
  • 18. Digital Asset Distributors• CodeMantra• Firebrand Content Services• Ingram CoreSource• LibreDigital
  • 19. Reaching Specialized MarketsLibraries…• Baker & Taylor• OverDrive• 3M• More Soon
  • 20. Reaching Specialized MarketsIndependent Booksellers…• Google eBooks• Ingram
  • 21. Reaching Specialized MarketsAcademic Markets…• AcademicPub• ebrary• EBSCO/NetLibrary• Questia
  • 22. Reaching Specialized MarketsCorporate Markets…• Books24x7• Copyright Clearance Center• Safari Online
  • 23. Reaching Specialized MarketsSpecial Markets…• Romance = AllRomance.com, others
  • 24. Reaching Specialized MarketsGlobal Markets…• Need to know your rights• Understand if your partner(s) reach them• Use your metadata (international pricing) appropriately
  • 25. Business Terms• Some Partners Are Wholesale, Some Are Agency• Using KDP Direct and PubIt Can Yield Better Returns—If You Meet the Price Points and Conditions
  • 26. Business Terms• Sell Direct from $2.99 to $9.99;Receive roughly 65% to 75%• Sell Wholesale, DistributedGross 50% of List Price; Deduct 25%Commission, Yields 37.5%• Sell Through Imprint Partner, WholesaleReceive 50% of 50% (Yields 25%)