book distribution

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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Is your book removed from Google Play? (Author News)

Many authors distribute their books through aggregators/distributor (3rd parties) instead of creating their own independent accounts with retailers. Retailers prefer authors and publishers creating their own accounts instead of going through a distributor. The first retailer implementing this new policy is Google – they now require each author/publisher to have their own Google Play account. …

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What file formats do I need for Self-Publishing?

An author asked me this question recently, and I believe it’s one that should be highlighted. Sometimes it can get confusing knowing what files are required for different publishers and retailers. So it here it is: a simple, straight-forward outline for files needed for self-publishing. File formats for eBooks:  ePub2 (.ePub): the free-flowing standard with …

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