Kobo Writing Life is a self-publishing platform that has been going strong for the last year and a half. It appeals to authors who want to sell their books in many different markets and establish different prices. The service excels at their sales tracking software and has just unveiled the ability to track downloads on eBooks that you flag as free.
Up until now, all reports were sales reports, and free book downloads weren’t captured in that data. Now, however, you can also stay informed of which of your free books are being downloaded and where. This is useful for free eBook promotions and to gauge how successful they are.
Authors who have never given books away for free might notice some downloads under the new free category. This is due to Kobo’s marketing and support team randomly checking titles to insure compliance on e-Readers and tablets. They normally check out formatting and other common errors to make sure a title is correct across a variety of devices and screen sizes.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.