For three years my ebooks have been available only for Kindle, for the sole reason that Amazon’s promotional opportunities worked well. But there has been one book for which Amazon has not delivered a reading audience– my science fiction (futuristic society) novel Dell Zero.
I’ve believed for a while that younger readers might buy ebooks from iTunes rather than from Amazon. With the encouragement of John L Monk, whose Jenkins Cycle novels are now doing well on iTunes, I decided to sever Dell Zero from the restrictions of Kindle’s “Select” program, and place the ebook on several other sites.
In case you’re not familiar with Select, it’s a voluntary Amazon program that makes an ebook available only for Kindle. Books in the program are granted a few promotional opportunities, and Select books are also available to be borrowed by subscribers to Amazon Prime (Kindle Owners Lending Library) and Kindle Unlimited.
I started stepping away from Select by exploring the requirements for placing an ebook on iTunes, but quickly learned the
process didn’t seem to be possible from a Windows computer. That’s when I also learned about Draft 2 Digital (D2D), an “aggregator” which will format your manuscript and send it to half a dozen sales channels. D2D takes a cut of earnings, of course, but the submission process took only a few keystrokes. Most of the sites I didn’t know anything about. So we’ll see what happens. It’s easy to “unpublish” on these sites should I decide later that Amazon Select offers more possibilities.
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