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Ebook Publishing – Do It Yourself!

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by Publisher Services

Ebook Publishing – Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing


We believe self-publishers should personally manage their ebook sales and not use third party services to “publish” their ebooks.

Why? The ebook market has matured to a point where self-management is easy and there are no downsides or costs. Since Amazon represents the lions share of the market and their account setup is FREE, it is only logical that self-publishers establish their own Kindle account. Aside from detailed sales data (by week), authors should not have to pay any annual fees to “catalog” their titles. In addition, the royalty management of publishing is quite complex and the tax reporting component is crucial. Due to Amazon’s size, these components are streamlined. Be very wary of just how diligent an ebook publishing company is going to properly manage sales and report taxes, if they do not make any percent on your sales.  There is no such thing as a free lunch.

By controlling and managing your own Kindle Direct Publishing account, you get expanded visibility to sales around the globe. For most genres, Amazon now accounts for 65-75% of the market. Although you might be initially forsaking a few sales from other resellers, you get to initially focus on marketing your book. As your ebook sales increase, you can certainly begin adding additional marketplaces and have more granular sales visibility to each marketplace. With the Apple iBookstore representing close to 20% of the ebook market, a combination of both would realistically cover the majority of viable ebook marketplaces. It is for this reason, Publisher Services provides both ePub and Mobi files are part of our ebook conversion services.

For printed books, Publisher Services operates a global distribution publishing company. We have a partnership with Ingram which enables us to offer our clients marketplaces around the globe.  We now have over 350 authors using our publishing label and the number one challenge we have is providing detailed sales data.  Ebook publishing is so now so much easier and authors can only benefit by managing this component themselves.

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