After a brief hiatus, valued contributor Ray Rhamey is back! We’re so pleased to have him share insights on both editing and the rapidly changing world of publishing. Welcome back, Ray!
Here are some of the options available for distributing your ebook:
Upload directly to ebook retailers.
The top ones include:
- Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
- Barnes & Noble Pubit!
Amazon. Amazon is the elephant in the library, and the best way to get your ebook there is to create an account, create a Kindle format version (.mobi file), and upload it. The technically savvy can manage this with good results, others can call upon folks like me for an assist. Amazon has tools for creating the .mobi file on your account page. You can get it done with a properly formatted Word document (but it can be tricky). You will need a high-resolution cover image. ISBN not required. Go to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I’ve posted an article on techniques for cover design that work best on the web here.
Mind your price on Amazon. You can get a 70% royalty on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99–and that price must be at least 20 percent below the lowest list price for the physical book. Outside of that price range, your royalty is 35%. You would make more on a Kindle ebook priced $5.99 than you would for one priced at $10.99.
Amazon’s price adjusting can affect your royalty, too. Amazon searches for prices, and if it finds your book in any ebook format listed on the Internet for less than your Amazon Kindle price, Amazon will drop the price to match the lowest one out there.
Barnes & Noble. You use the Barnes & Noble self-publishing site, Pubit!, to upload your .epub file for sale on the B&N website. They, too, have pricing variations similar to Amazon’s. B&N pays 65% of list for books priced between $2.99 and $9.99. However, it pays only 40% of list on books below $2.98 or above $10. You have to provide an .epub file that you create elsewhere. ISBN not required. You will need a high-resolution cover image. [Read more…]