What’s new in e-book publishing as December, 2012 approaches?

Gosh, where has the fall disappeared to! The e-book world seems to have been as busy as the face-to-face one I live in.

Cover for Snowmobile Challenge, an e-book by Linda Aksomitis
Cover for Snowmobile Challenge, an e-book by Linda Aksomitis

The latest in e-books just came in with my Smashwords newsletter. Apple iBooks has expanded to 50 countries around the world! That’s good news for my novel, Snowmobile Challenge, as it has that many more potential readers out there. http://blog.smashwords.com/2012/10/apple-ibookstore-expands-global-reach.html

Mind you, I’m not sure how many South American readers will actually be interested in the sport of snowmobiling! Of the latest countries added by iBooks, the majority are in South America, plus New Zealand.

For those whose books do have an international appeal, though, getting your titles on iBooks should definitely be a priority since iBooks currently has its e-fingers dipped into the most international e-markets. You can list directly with iBooks or go through a distributor such as Smashwords.

Barnes & Noble has also opened a United Kingdom bookstore at: http://uk.nook.com/ UK readers can get the Nook ereader to read these books exclusively through John Lewis — at least for now. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/aug/28/john-lewis-uk-barnes-noble-nook

Kobo isn’t sitting still either, when it comes to getting their ereaders into the hands of more ebook readers. It expanded to South Africa’s 900 plus Pick n Pay stores at the end of October. Here’s more on that story — http://paidcontent.org/2012/10/31/kobo-expands-to-south-africa-to-compete-against-kindle/

I found a number of interesting tidbits in the latest Smashwords workshop info from Mark Coker. For example, romance e-books sell roughly 2.2 times better than the average e-book on Smashwords. In other words, if you have a romance novel languishing in your computer files, now’s the time to get it out there!

If you’re still writing that book, you may be interested to know how long it should be for best sales and pricing packages? At Smashwords, they indicate the most purchased ebooks by readers are priced at 3 cents per thousand words — or, a 27,000 word book for $2.99. Sounds fair, doesn’t it?

Of course, everyone wants a best seller and a few hundred thousand dollars in income, but it doesn’t happen to everyone! Smashwords statistics show that most authors make relatively small amounts of money, but once a book shifts into the up-and-climbing situation, the $$$ can roll in pretty quickly. So instead of giving up, set realistic expectations and work hard promoting your ebooks. Smashwords even gives you a free ebook with some best practices to help you get started. Check it out at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431

Anxious to get your books into the market? It’s easy these days. Join my online class, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, taught at Community Colleges around the world: http://bit.ly/QffYQB A new section opens on Wednesday, November 14, so register now.

Or, if you like to figure things out on your own, try this resource from Smashwords to help you get started: http://www.slideshare.net/Smashwords/mark-cokers-ebook-self-publishing-workshop

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