My novel, The Library of Lost Books, is finally and permanently on Barnes & Noble’s Nook store.
Now, for a bit of an explanation on why it took so long. I put Library on Nook earlier (October 2012) and after 3 sales in about a month, I decided to take it right off again.
Simply put, I got a better offer elsewhere. Amazon offers free promotions for your ebook through its KDP program. But the catch is that it has to be exclusive to the Amazon Kindle store. So, it was bye-bye Nook.
It was the right decision, because with a few new giveaways on Amazon Kindle, my sales popped back up again. Not as much as my initial launch, but it was way more than 3 sales per month, I can tell you that.
Which brings to a final plea to Barnes & Noble. It would be great if someone at B&N decided to offer real promotional tools. All that B&N has is a “Tools & Tips” section under “Marketing Support” on its Nook self-publishing page. It has some nice suggestions and all, but no real programs like Amazon does.
Like letting your author giveaway the book so that readers can check it out and tell their friends. Or like letting the book be borrowed at $2 a pop as part of that program. Or like extending distribution of your ebooks from the USA to: Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. Or like sending a regular email to your authors letting them know about the latest tricks and news in self-publishing. Amazon does all four of those things. Barnes & Noble doesn’t do any of them.
If they want to compete, they might want to reconsider. Or hire me as consultant to tell them those exact same things for a huge sum. I’m fine with that, too.
Anyway, it really is a pity because Barnes & Noble has a great device, a great selection and real brick-and-mortar stores. So, I’m kind of partial to them. It’s too bad they’ve squandered such a great opportunity to be a leader in e-publishing.
Alright, enough of that. I’m starting to sound like an Amazon commercial. The book is up on Nook now and that’s where it’s going to stay. Please read it and leave a review if you have a minute. I can’t tell you how much credibility it lends to a book to have reviews, any reviews (almost), up there.
Until next time. Keep reading, keep writing.