Indie Authors: An Overview of Book Distribution Options

By Zufrieden (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Zufrieden (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
When it comes to selling books, most people think of Amazon and Kindle. Although Amazon may be the biggest ebook distributor, it’s not the only option for indie authors.

Ebook Retailers

For more information on how exactly to upload and sell your ebooks on the major retailer platforms (Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo), see my article “Ebook Distribution for the Indie Author” on EPUBZone.

Ebook Distributors

Ebook Sampling

Discoverability is one of the biggest issues indie authors face today. There are a number of companies working to help with that.

  • OPDS. An open and decentralized place for content.
  • ValoBox. Share samples of your book online.

Print Distributors and Retailers

Hybrid Publishers

Lists of Ebook Distributors and Publishers

Future Monetization

It’s hard to say how ebooks and the model for selling them will evolve, but there are a lot of exciting ideas. Publishing Perspectives has even said that we need innovation to increase books sales. Joe Wikert wrote in Digital Book World about downloading ebooks for free, but unlocking chapters by filling out surveys. Publishers can then earn money from the surveys.

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared August 2016.


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