BookBaby throws open the doors to the electronic publishing and distribution world for independent authors, offering the highest pay-out rate for eBook distribution in the industry. Authors will receive 100% of their net sales revenue -- paid weekly -- generated through all BookBaby's retailer network, including all the major retailers including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, and soon, Google.
To celebrate its debut in the eBook world, BookBaby is offering worldwide eBook distribution for an introductory price of $99, a $50 discount off the regular price of $149. More details can be found on BookBaby's website: www.bookbaby.com
Focusing on products and services for the independent author community, BookBaby is a new division of parent company CD Baby. Over the past decade, CD Baby has paid out over $120 million to indie musicians worldwide, and has helped level the playing field between DIY musicians and major labels by opening worldwide distribution channels to unsigned artists. Now, with their recently launched BookBaby division, they're doing it again for the publishing industry.
"In just six months since our soft launch, BookBaby has established itself as THE destination for authors looking for a simple, comprehensive solution to their digital distribution needs," says BookBaby president Brian Felsen. "We make it easy: our sign-up includes a free EPUB conversion to ensure your eBook is distributed to all of the largest retailers."
BookBaby's services are priced to be affordable to independent authors – both established and new – as well as small and medium-sized imprints that need an easy solution for eBook distribution to all major retail outlets. Since the company does not collect a royalty or commission on sales revenue from its authors, it's as if those authors went directly to the retailer to sell their eBooks, with the added convenience of consolidated sales reporting across all retailers, one simple title submission process for all retailers, and weekly payments to authors.
Book Baby will digitally distribute your work to the biggest eBook retailers in the world, making your eBook available to be read on all of current -- and future -- devices:
Apple iPad (through the iBookstore)
Barnes & Noble Nook
As part of its simplified eBook program for independent authors, BookBaby offers format conversion services, helping clients to convert .doc, .html or .txt files into ePub, which is rapidly on its way to becoming the new standard format for electronic publishing.
At last! A single entry point for all of the "biggies" in the digital publishing world. I can't wait to try it out. Thank you, thank you!
Smashwords has been offering the same distribution partners (and others) for a while now.
And it's free to publish there, though they do take a small percentage of each sale (about 18%).
Still, pretty sure that doesn't add up to either $99 or $149 a month - unless an author is selling huge numbers of ebooks.
Scath, the $99/$149 is a one-off per-title setup fee, not per-month. After the first year, there's a $19 annual storage fee.
For serious publishers, another advantage over smashwords is that if you wish, you can submit an epub directly, rather than relying on the meatgrinder (which works okay, but it won't do the job as well as a skilled human could).
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