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Bookbaby has come a long way since it cut their teeth doing yet another self-publishing platform. The company has been ironing out their PR and Marketing campaigns for authors who ask the question “How do I get my book reviewed? Who are my local press contacts? Where do I begin with my promotional campaign? Most importantly: How do I let people know about my book?” One of the new components to this deal is book discovery by GoodsReads and NoiseTrade.
Bookbaby is a for profit self-publishing company that has a myriad of options to allow authors to publish and get distributed. They have various tiers of fees, dependant on an authors technical level to generate eBooks from documents or more advanced knowledge. One of the new programs the company has unveiled recently is Book Promo.
Book Promo is a set of tools that an author can employ to assist in marketing and PR. It is available with the FREE tier of publishing and also with any of the paid options, so it is worth checking out. A few of their key selling points are; Guaranteed book reviews with Readers’ Favorite and Story Cartel, Promotion through PR Newswire, Author Marketing Club, and WriterCube, and an Exclusive guide: Ultimate Social Media Marketing for Authors.
Bookbaby recognizes the power of GoodReads, the largest eBook social site in the world. “Goodreads is an essential site for all authors to use when promoting their books,” said Steven Spatz, BookBaby CMO. “Over 25 million readers use Goodreads, and all our BookBaby authors will automatically be listed on the site, where readers can link to bookstores to purchase, write reviews, and share with their friends on social media.”
Authors are normally faced with the situation of wanting to build their own marketing list or giveaway free eBook samples. Bookbaby kills two birds, with one stone with NoiseTrade, which allows authors to give away their content for free in exchange for readers’ email addresses.
“Online stores like Amazon and iBookstore are an important part of building your platform and earning an income,” said Spatz, “but they don’t provide you with direct customer connections. NoiseTrade gives authors a spreadsheet of email addresses and postal codes of everyone who downloads your eBook, which is an invaluable resource for independent authors.”
I have followed Bookbaby throughout the years when they were first known as CD Baby, and have tracked their company from when they started publishing, until now. They are a solid bunch of people who honestly love, what they do. Their service is good for first time authors or people that wrestle with the decision of publishing with Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Bookbaby basically is a better version of Smashwords, except they charge.
Pressbooks is a solid ebook creation website that allows indie authors to submit their ebook and format it online. You can choose between different templates and export the book to EPUB, MOBI, and a number of other formats. The service is free and many authors found it confusing that they could create books, but not sell them. Selling ebooks can become a tedious process, with users having to create individual accounts on all of the networks they want. To solve this problem, Pressbooks has just signed a distribution service with Bookbaby.
Never heard of Pressbooks? Pressbooks is a unique set of tools that allows indie authors to create their own ebooks using the WordPress CMS. You can add cover art, a table of contents, and then create your book, chapter by chapter. This system for creating books is super intuitive, if you have ever used WordPress before. When your book is completed, you can convert it over to an EPUB, PDF, or MOBI file to have as your own, or just refer people to your personal version of the Pressbooks website.
The new relationship with BookBaby will get your books into 11 different ebook stores around the world, including Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks. The company will do it for $99 (PressBooks users get a 10% discount!), and you get 100% of royalties earned.. You can monitor your sales through one simple interface, which many authors will love.
Honestly, it is probably better to self-publish yourself and do the legwork that comes with it. Sometimes people like taking the easy way out and paying someone to do all of the distributing and creating. As an author, it is your duty to self-publish yourself and go through all of the trials and tribulations that accompany doing something new. Of course, you will absolutely need an editor, this is the most essential factor.
BookBaby and Bound Book scanning have formed a new partnership that will convert tangible books to the digital form. Using the highest quality scanning technology available, Bound Book will convert hardcover and software books to searchable PDF and editable Word docs. From now on, Bound Books will be handling the physical conversion process and BookBaby will distribute them.
BookBaby is one of the largest distributors of books and caters to self-published and indie authors. Rather than allowing authors to upload their manuscripts for free then taking a percentage of each sale—which is after the percentage the actual retailer will also take—BookBaby charges a one-time upload fee and then the remaining royalties belong to the author, other than what the catalogs like Amazon or Barnes and Noble charge.
“We talk with so many authors who want to create an ebook, but they don’t have the necessary Word or PDF files to get started—all they have is their printed book,” says BookBaby president Brian Felsen. “We’ve found an easy solution to their problems: Bound Book Scanning, a mail-in book scan service.” He went on to elaborate that, “This partnership will greatly benefit writers and publishers who’ve been sitting on their back catalogs simply because the idea of digitizing the books themselves by hand was overwhelming,” says Felsen. “Now they can mail those books to the professionals at Bound Book Scanning who will handle it quickly, and for less money than it costs to buy a Friday night dinner.”
Bound Book Scanning is currently offering BookBaby clients a discount on their services. BookBaby authors should use coupon code “BOOKBABYD10” at checkout to save 10% on their book-scanning order.
Bookbaby has just received perferred vendor status by the USA Goverment and soon will be providing a unique ebook service for them. Recently Bookbaby worked in conjuntion with the Government Services Administration (GSA) to modify its Terms of Service and discount schedule, clearing the way for US government agencies to utilize BookBaby eBook publishing products and services for its entire catalog of brochures, reports, and information.
Bookbaby will be providing a digital publishing solution for the USA Government to allow different departments to make ebooks out of their official documents. This will allow people to make notes, annotations, and employ other features which are currently impossible with most static Word Documents or HTML variants.
“We’re now open for business with the federal government,” said Steven Spatz, Chief Marketing Officer for BookBaby.com. “By purchasing our discounted publishing credits, all federal agencies can now use BookBaby to convert publications into eBooks, from simple brochures to huge reports. They can take advantage of our easy upload process and global distribution network, just like the thousands of authors we’re already working with.”
Bookbaby is one of the leading self-publishing companies in the world that authors employ to distribute their books to many different platforms. It leads the charge in the sheer number of electronic book stores that you can opt into when you submit your books. Today the company is even more appealing because of new agreements with eBookPie, Baker & Taylor, and Gardners.
Currently Bookbaby submits published books to all of the mainstream stores, such as Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Amazon, and Sony. The real benefit is the sheer number of indie and alternative stores that could account for an author’s overall sales. Let’s take a look at some of these new companies Bookbaby is dealing with and give you some introspective on what they’re all about.
Baker & Taylor has been in business for over 200 years and is a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to more than 36,000 libraries, institutions, and retailers in over 120 countries. B&T currently has more than 1.5 million books in their database. One of the lesser known facts about this company is that it is responsible for the Bilo software suite, which is heralded as the world’s most advanced, flexible, and engaging e-reader software application. Built on state-of-the-art video gaming technology, Blio is a three-dimensional, interactive application that will bring your eBook to life.
Gardners Books is Britain’s leading book, DVD, Blu-ray, and music CD wholesaler, with over 4.5 million books and 150,000 ebooks available in their catalog. When you submit your book to the online database, your eBook will also be available in Gardners’ wholesale catalog for independent bookstores, online venders, and other 3rd party retailers. Gardners also provides an ebook lending model for a number of libraries, under which library members are restricted to one concurrent loan per purchased ebook. When your book is sold through this company, you will garner 60% of each sale you make.
eBookPie is the newest company that Bookbaby started to deal with and it has a respectable 300,000 books in its catalog. It has an innovative tool for publishers and content partners called eBookSlicer. This enables publishers to quickly and affordably split ebooks and other documents of any length into stand-alone, fully packaged content chunks, including eChapters, eSections and eArticles. Publishers can instantly extract valuable content from both frontlist and backlist titles to create new, fully formatted, and packaged stand-alone eContent. Like buying a slice of a CD from iTunes, consumers want the option of purchasing just a slice of a book, and the Chapterizer simplifies the process of creating that slice.
For example, with just a click the Chapterizer can instantly turn a 15-chapter ebook into 15 or more fully packaged eChapters. Each eChapter can include a cover, customized front and back matter, and a customized marketing page. This is great because you can sell content by the chapter instead of buying the whole book. This is especially interesting for science, math, and history books when you might be interested in a specific chapter for a report.