Kudos to Author Libby Fischer Hellman, publicist Rebecca Crowley, NYT bestselling author Ruth Harris, and thriller author CJ West, who have done more than wish good things for Microsoft’s recent investment in Barnes and Noble. They’ve taken the time to analyze their experience of digital publishing through Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and write an sharing their view of how Microsoft can help make Barnes and Noble’s digital book presence better for readers, authors, and the publishing industry.
The last few years have been filled with big changes in publishing, and where authors who chose to publish their own works were once looked down upon, so many big authors have joined the crowd of “indies” (independently published authors using the readily available vehicles for publishing their own eBooks and POD – AKA Print on Demand – books) that most traditionally published authors are at least considering applying for reversion of rights and independently ePublishing their backlist. It’s hard to deny that independent publishing has become mainstream when J. K. Rowling is going the indie route for eBook releases of Harry Potter.
Amazon has taken the lead in making it easy and inexpensive for authors to publish independently with Kindle Digital Publishing and CreateSpace Print on Demand services, and supporting services and forums for indie authors.
Authors wanting to make their books available on the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Kobo, and Apple devices can go direct to the online vendors like Barnes & Noble and Apple, or they can go through Smashwords.com which offers eBook publishing and sales, and distribution services to other retail channels like Apple, Kobobooks, Sony, and Barnes and Noble. Those are only a few of the choices for indie authors
When I learned that Microsoft was investing $300 million in Barnes and Noble’s digital book business, like many others, I hoped that this would give new life to Barnes and Noble’s digital book presence, and allow B&N to offer both authors and readers better service. Frankly, Barnes and Noble’s performance in this area has been disappointing.
Competition gives both readers and authors more choices, and creates a healthier industry.
If you want to see healthy competition in the eBook world, pop over to Libby’s blog and read the written by Libby, Rebecca, Ruth, and CJ. While you’re there, take the time to use the share buttons at the top of the blog to spread the word, and make a comment yourself.
And have a good day!