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HarperCollins To Help Authors to Sell Books From Their Websites

One of the biggest benefits of self publishing is that authors can sell books directly to readers, via Amazon and the other ebook retailers. With the current kerfuffle between Hachette and Amazon, publishers are looking for ways to make more profit from books. HarperCollins is now selling books directly to readers.

More fascinating news from HarperCollins:

According to Publishers Lunch, this is just the first phase of a larger project to work with HarperCollins authors to sell books and ebooks directly to readers around the world:

Within the next couple of weeks Harper “will reach out to authors to make a concrete proposition” on how they “will be able to use the technology to sell directly from their own websites” with some simple code.

This is amazing news, and it’s about time.

Authors: make it easy for your readers to buy your books

Authors aren’t good at selling their books — big surprise. I have many favorite authors, and I’m constantly amazed that when I go to an author’s website, it’s sometimes impossible to buy the book by clicking through to Amazon, or wherever.

Yes, you can read the first chapter of an author’s new book, but authors don’t link to their books on the book retailers, so you need to copy the book’s title, and hunt for it.

It’s understandable that authors don’t know how to link to their books, but their Web developer does know. You’d think that they’d either teach the authors how to do it, or would do it for them.

I hope HarperCollins does make it easier for authors to sell from their websites. They’ll make more sales, and everyone will be happier. 🙂

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Sell More Kindle Ebooks

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Ebooks: More Writers, More Readers, More Opportunities

Ebooks offer unlimited opportunities to writers, readers and to publishers.

This article from the Guardian says: “Kindle readers buy four times the number of books they did prior to owning a Kindle. Amazon rightly talks about a “reading renaissance”.

This is wonderful.

Sadly, the opportunities are taking a while to become apparent to everyone. Authors are defensive. Mystery novelist Sue Grafton (Alphabet series) was unkind to indie writers, as I mention on my writing blog.

The publishing industry, and books, are changing. Everyone involved in publishing is nervous, if not outright scared. We’re all nervous about change. However, since change is inevitable, we might as well relax, and enjoy it.

This Guardian article, Publishing is burning bright | Comment is free | The Guardian, gets it right:

“In fact, it almost feels like a reformation. It is not just immersive reading that is on the rise, but also creative writing. The self-publishing drive (Penguin recently spent $100m on a company that sells services to DIY writers) shows that there are vast numbers of scribblers out there, just as there are vast numbers of amateur film-makers willing to make content available on YouTube. The fact that some of these indie writers become bestsellers shows that the talent pool is widening (as are the opportunities to find those readers).”

I prefer “revolution” to “reformation”, but let’s not quibble.

As E.L. James has proved to the publishing industry, there’s money to be made if they get their heads out of their fundaments.

E.L. James has also proved to “indie writers” — self-published writers, that is — that you can write, and out-sell traditionally published writers. Not only that, you can do it with the humblest raw material: fan fiction, no less.

There’s never been a more exciting time to be involved in publishing. I love all the new opportunities, and I hope you do too.

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