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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
12 Sep 2013, 02:39 PM | Post: #21

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

I can't speak for D2D as I use Smashwords, but I can state confidently that it has largely been a complete waste of time putting my book up for sale on non-Amazon venues. I have made a grand total of eight sales outside Amazon since December. I even sell more paperbacks direct by email than I do through Nook, Kobo and iTunes combined.

For me, the only incentive in publishing future books through Smashwords or D2D is that a tiny number of my more enthusiastic fans read using iBooks on their iPad (the number in question being three). The question for the next book will be: do I publish outside Amazon to keep these good people happy, or do I cut my losses and get involved with Select?

I have never enrolled OGJ in Select and still don't believe in putting the book on free promo, but I must admit that my resolve has been shaken in recent months. All I can say for certain is that when my next book is published I will take a good look at my strategy.
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12 Sep 2013, 02:48 PM | Post: #22

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

I'm still not sure about D2D. It's really just an experiment on my part.
Although everyone has heard of the dreaded Smashwords meatgrinder, I have already noticed a few advantages in going via Smashwords as opposed to D2D, as follows: (a) you can sell directly from the Smashwords site as well as through the other vendors, although the number I've sold directly has been quite small (b) you can generate a coupon to give people a free copy and © I like the Smashwords account page with its detailed information.
There is also a new 'series manager' there which looks as if it might be useful.
It took me a while to build up anything in my Smashwords account so I wasn't bothering to ask them to pay me for a long time but I suddenly realised I had over USD500 in there and should really get hold of it!
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12 Sep 2013, 03:11 PM | Post: #23

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

This post was last modified: 12 Sep 2013 03:14 PM by Katherine Roberts.
I've only had my books through D2D since April, so think it is too early to make any kind of judgement. I go direct to Amazon myself, and use D2D for Nook, Kobo and Apple. I have made a few sales via them, mostly at Apple, a handful at Nook, nothing much at Kobo - in total these were around 20% my Amazon sales over the summer months.

Promotion-wise, I have the first book of my Seven Fabulous Wonders series "The Great Pyramid Robbery" free at Apple and Kobo (it's 99 cents Nook and Amazon - which has not price matched yet). I think that must account for most of my Apple sales, since people seem to buy the omnibus afterwards.

Is it worth it? Well, I find the epub conversion and upload process at D2D very easy, and they sorted out my W-8BEN paperwork via email within a day. Payments arrive in my bank when they should. Occasionally updates do get stuck, but seem to work through the system eventually. There was a nasty moment when Barnes and Noble unpublished all their books, and half of my titles did not make it into the Nook UK store until I updated the files and pushed them through again... but I don't know how much of that was D2D's fault, and how much Barnes and Noble.

Remember D2D are still officially in beta, I think. There are bound to be a few teething troubles. I don't know how easy Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Apple are to deal with if you go direct?

(11 Sep 2013 11:37 AM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  But I repeatedly have to email them because the price screws up, or Kobo didn't bother to change something, or Nook arbitrarily set a UK price out of whack with everyone else (why can't you specify the UK price in D2D? It would save me no end of hassle!)
Agreed! I would also like to be able to fix UK prices, since had to lower my Amazon UK prices to match Apple's.

(11 Sep 2013 08:04 PM)DavidHaynes71 Wrote: Wrote:  
(11 Sep 2013 01:00 PM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  I've just remembered that KUF has a sister site for Nook and Kobo owners! Has anyone signed up to http://www.nobooko.com ?
Yes, I signed up and posted there. I haven't for a while so perhaps I should revisit. There's also this one - http://www.nookboards.com/forum/

There's also the Kobo Book Hub for promotions:
http://kobobookhub.com/about/
I entered my freebie earlier this month but have no way of telling if anyone downloaded it, since Kobo do not appear to report free downloads.
Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
12 Sep 2013, 05:02 PM | Post: #24

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

(12 Sep 2013 02:39 PM)alexroddie Wrote: Wrote:  I can't speak for D2D as I use Smashwords, but I can state confidently that it has largely been a complete waste of time putting my book up for sale on non-Amazon venues. I have made a grand total of eight sales outside Amazon  since December. I even sell more paperbacks direct by email than I do through Nook, Kobo and iTunes combined.

For me, the only incentive in publishing future books through Smashwords or D2D is that a tiny number of my more enthusiastic fans read using iBooks on their iPad (the number in question being three). The question for the next book will be: do I publish outside Amazon to keep these good people happy, or do I cut my losses and get involved with Select?

I have never enrolled OGJ in Select and still don't believe in putting the book on free promo, but I must admit that my resolve has been shaken in recent months. All I can say for certain is that when my next book is published I will take a good look at my strategy.
A lot of young people (my children's generation) read books on their Androids and iPhones. Could be a trend.
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
12 Sep 2013, 05:47 PM | Post: #25

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

I've had 3 books on D2D since about the middle of August. Sold 7 copies in the first two weeks and nothing since. Going to stick with it though and see what happens. Feels nice knowing that at least people, whatever their device, can download the books if they hear about them!
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12 Sep 2013, 05:50 PM | Post: #26

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

(12 Sep 2013 05:02 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  A lot of young people (my children's generation) read books on their Androids and iPhones. Could be a trend.
But with what app? Could still be Kindle, or Nook or Kobo (or iBooks, but obviously not on the droid)

I use the Kindle app on my iPad *way* more than I use my actual Kindle...
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12 Sep 2013, 05:54 PM | Post: #27

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

Considering you can get a Kindle app for any smartphone or tablet, and that they are far more widespread than the Kobo or Nook, I'm wondering if it makes sense to sell your eBook on other platforms at all? If you've got a smartphone or tablet, you've got access to Amazon's Kindle bookstore which is by far the largest and cheapest.
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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

(12 Sep 2013 05:47 PM)Stu Ayris Wrote: Wrote:  I've had 3 books on D2D since about the middle of August. Sold 7 copies in the first two weeks and nothing since. Going to stick with it though and see what happens. Feels nice knowing that at least people, whatever their device, can download the books if they hear about them!
I had quite good sales last year on Apple, when Amazon wasn't so hot. It has reversed this year. Amazon has been better to me, while I've sold nothing on Apple the last couple of months.
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

I didn't realise that - being somewhat out of touch with all these device thingees! It does feel kind of good though to be out from the Amazon yoke and the temptation to give away books for free. I guess my books were never destined to appeal to the majority so spreading my wings in order to find the minority seems a sensible way to go. They are becoming increasingly endangered though!
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12 Sep 2013, 08:38 PM | Post: #30

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RE: Pulling the plug on Draft2Digital?

(12 Sep 2013 03:11 PM)Katherine Roberts Wrote: Wrote:  There's also the Kobo Book Hub for promotions:
http://kobobookhub.com/about/
I entered my freebie earlier this month but have no way of telling if anyone downloaded it, since Kobo do not appear to report free downloads.
Thanks for that link. I haven't sold anything at Kobo since my promo, so I've just listed my book there to see if it does anything.

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