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Top 5 eBook retailers

1. Amazon 2. Google Playstore 3. Apple Books 4. kobo 5. Barnes & Noble Many authors only consider selling and listing with Amazon and easily opt-in to the exclusive Amazon Select deal which prohibits your book to be listed with other retailers. Many also do not know where to sign up or how to list

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Is Amazon’s Dominance Good or Bad for Authors? 📈

First, Amazon killed off most physical book stores. Now, there’s not much competition remaining and they begin to open their own stores. I experienced market dominance first-hand when one retailer completely controlled my local market. 12 years ago, the biggest bookstore chain in Thailand took over the second biggest bookstore chain. They now had full

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Traditional, Vanity, Hybrid, Self-Publishing — What are they?

What is the best way to publish? What are your options? Traditional Publishing: Less and less common but years ago this was the only option. You hand over your manuscript to an established traditional publisher and they handle all for you (editing/cover/layout/printing/distribution/PR). You get paid a royalty per sold copy or maybe even a lump sum

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Are Printed Books Disappearing?

I started publishing in 1997 before the time of the eBook era. Getting a printed book done was pretty easy. Layout/typesetting was straightforward as was the cover design. What you saw on the computer screen as the book’s pdf file was exactly what you got when printed. But when the use of eBooks began to

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How to Publish Your Book to Apple Books?

UPDATE June 2020: Now possible without Apple computer via web browser upload – see updated info here The simple answer is yes, you need a Macintosh (Apple) computer to publish directly to Apple Books. You can easily create an account with Apple Books but can only upload to their bookstore using Apple software (iTunes Producer;

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Should You Use the Retailer’s ISBN or Get Your Own ISBN?

What is an ISBN? ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and every book should have one in order for it to be identified by retailers. The minimum information required for every ISBN is the book title, author name, imprint (publisher) name, book price and country/region/language. Let’s look at an example: 978-1-64153-269-3 978 = EAN

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Why You Should Self-Publish

Forbes estimates that more than 1,000,000 books are self-published every single year. But with all this competition, why should you self-publish? Simple – be your own boss and control every aspect of your book! You control where to sell and for which price; you will get paid directly to your bank account. You are in

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Secret of Success in Publishing

The ‘secret’ of success is the consistency to pursue. I see a lot of people overcomplicating the process and trying to get things done fast. The problem is: it’s not about intensity, it’s about consistency. Rather than looking for immediate results, focus on making the daily little choices that will lead to incremental progress toward

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My Major Lesson When Publishing a Book

One major learning curve in my self-publishing journey was the realization that it’s not always about being the best, or winning the game. Writing is all about the process. Some may disagree, but I personally believe that the rule of simply not quitting can help in so many ways. Don’t doubt yourself. Stick to a

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Why You Should Not Publish Exclusively With Amazon

Many authors only publish/sell with Amazon and add their books to Amazon KDP Select. KDP Select requires the author to sign up with Amazon on an exclusive deal (lasting always three months and automatically renews unless canceled). The author is not allowed to list/sell anywhere else, not even on his/her own website. Many novice authors

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