Because Amazon is the dominant player in the eBook marketplace, many authors wrongly assume that they should be publishing for Kindle exclusively.

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Publish and Be Entered To Win

Place an eBook or print book order during the month of November and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three awesome prizes courtesy of BookBaby:

  • 16GB 3rd generation iPad (with wi-fi)
  • 7-inch Kindle Fire HD
  • 7-inch new HD Nook
There are so many awesome reasons to be publishing books in November, what with the upcoming holidays and all. But here’s one more great reason: you could win a brand-new, eReader. Sounds like a great holiday season for you. Ready to get published and be entered to win? Get started now.

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The heated climate of competition and proprietary formats has resulted in a sadly amusing side-effect, a kind of brand name mad-libs where every occurrence of the word "kindled" in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace was replace with "nooked." According to Ars Technica:
The best explanation, we think, comes from a commenter on the blog, who says "This obviously wasn't done by Barnes & Noble, but by the publisher who submitted the book to Barnes & Noble. They created a Kindle version of this public domain book first, realized they used 'Kindle' somewhere in their submission, and did a quick find-and-replace to change 'Kindle' to 'Nook'-never once thinking it would affect the book's text rather than just whatever they put in the title page."
Bad proofreader, bad!

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You've finished your book and sent it to BookBaby for distribution. We've converted your file into an eBook. Now what? At this point, most authors are curious about when their eBooks will go live on the major digital retailers' sites. It's one of the most common questions we get asked.

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Drama!

In the book world? Yes.

Barnes & Noble has announced that their physical stores will not carry any title published by Amazon. The boycott does not extend to B&N’s (Nook) eBook offerings, however.

Two giants duke it out in a battle for the ages, but there may be only one! Just kidding. Hopefully there’s room for both B&N and Amazon in the bright future of books.

Details HERE.

-Chris R. at BookBaby

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Let’s look at a couple headlines, shall we?

1) 19 books on a recent USA Today bestseller list sold more e-book copies than print. In fact, the list’s top six books all sold more e-versions than print versions. According to USA Today, it’s the first time the Top 50 list has had more than two titles in which the e-book sold more than the print copy.

2) 1 in 4 Americans own an eBook reader. Affordable eBook readers like the Nook and Kindle Fire sold like hotcakes in advance of Christmas, and now at least a quarter of the people in this country are reading eBooks.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales reports are in; Kindles, iPads, and Nooks are flying off the shelf! I was in a Barnes & Noble on Friday and the line at the Nook station almost went out the door. What does that mean? eReaders will be under millions of Christmas trees this year. But it’s a little more difficult to imagine gifting something as virtual as an eBook, right? Wrong!

Now you can easily gift an eBook with a few clicks of the mouse. Amazon and Kobo allow you to purchase specific eBooks as gifts. All you have to do is type in the email of the recipient, along with the date you’d like the eBook “delivered.” Or you can print out a gift receipt to put in a Christmas Card.

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