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#1 AQCrew

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:46 AM

We're curating a list and looking for more suggestions, especially as new players emerge and the current dogs learn new tricks...

Got an opinion about any of these bad boys, or wanna add some digi distributors from your own list? Post 'em...

Kindle Store
Amazon.com's eBook store and the largest online retailer (eBooks and otherwise)

Smashwords
eBook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers
* also, be sure to check out their free Book Marketing Guide

Pubit!
Barnes & Noble digital self-publishing program for writers

OverDrive
Digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content, especially for the library and school market

Scribd
Documents, articles, and books

FiledBy
A community of authors and readers

Stanza
Free ereader application for your iPhone, IPad, and iTouch

Figment.com
Share your writing, connect with readers, discover new stories -- from sci-fi to mysteries, short stories to cell phone novels

The Book Depository
A very cool UK-based distribution site for both print and ebooks; they only offer ebooks in ePub and PDF format)

We would also like to highlight this informative blog post from AQC member, dgaughran, which re-caps the pros, cons, and royalties for each of the major distributors:
http://davidgaughran...nnels/#more-221

#2 dgaughran

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:56 PM

I think Xinxii.com is worth adding.

They are new (German site just rolled out into English), but the CEO is super-smart and they use social media better than anyone I have seen. Sales are very low so far, but there is a huge gap in the European market.

And for something a bit different:

Podiobooks.com

Authors can turn their novels into audio serials which people download for free. Mostly a promotional tool, but they do encourage donations, 75% of which go to the writer. You have to make the audio file yourself.

There are more, I'll have a think.
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#3 Deb Borys

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 06:54 PM

I found these two when I was researching. I didn't try them, though.

Fast Pencil
http://www.fastpencil.com/
Does print and ebook self publishing, or just ebook. It has a template-based setup–you cut and paste your document into their template–or you upload an already formatted pdf. They distribute widely to lot of stores, including the big ones. They charge a publication fee and take a percentage of the royalty you get from the retailers.

Publish Green
http://www.publishgreen.com/
Offers the same services as Fast Pencil except claims to offer a more hands-on approach, with “professional human e-book formatting.” Reportedly they are able to get your ebook listed with some places that traditionally only take books from publishing companies as opposed to self publishers.

I also pubbed a short story to Bookiejar because a friend suggested it, but haven't done much promotion so have no opinion on whether it works or not. Bookiejar did recently sign an agreement with Kobo to publish books to them, though

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A: BookieJar is an open eBook publishing and distribution platform for independent writers and publishers.

On BookieJar, there are both free books and paying books. A free book comes from the public domain or writers who are willing to provide their books for free. A paying book comes from independent writers or publishers, usually includes one or more free sample chapters.

Books on BookieJar may be completed or still in progress. You'll receive a reminder when there are new chapters added to a book in progress that you are following.

Reading free books doesn't require signing up. You only need to sign up to be a member to access the paying books. We recommend you to be a member because that's how you can enjoy a more complete service. For example, you’ll have a personal profile so we can make better book recommendations for you; communicate with your favorite writers; leave comments and suggestions to the books you like; discuss with other readers, etc.
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#4 S. A. Hunt

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

Screwpulp is a promising new epublishing startup geared toward maximizing both author exposure and allowing good writing to rise to the top. This is from their site:

 

About Screwpulp

 

Screwpulp has created a new ebook marketplace that gives authors a better way to reach an audience and earn more revenue. We are at the forefront of a publishing renaissance. Not since the screw press has there been so much change in the industry. Change in the way we write, change in the way we read, change in the way we acquire books; what hasn’t changed is the way that many publishers feel that they are the sole guardians at the gate. Thousands of great books are only in existence thanks to authors who had the courage to keep pushing, after tens, hundreds, of rejection letters. What good is writing the next great novel if nobody gets to read it? We created Screwpulp to get books into the hands of readers and let their voices be heard. Everybody has a voice, the author wants to be heard, and if the reader likes it they’ll want to tell their friends.

 

 

How Screwpulp works

 

At Screwpulp, we publish everybody. By giving away the initial copies of the book for free, in exchange for a mention on social media and a star rating, we quickly get your book into the hands of readers. This builds a fanbase for the author quickly and this exchange creates buzz around your work. As demand for the book goes up so does the price in one dollar increments. Now new readers have a rating system to show the quality of the work before anyone buys it. Authors keep all of the rights to their works and retain 75 percent of the profit. The only thing we ask of the author is to keep their book on Screwpulp for a minimum of ninety days. We are partnering with different organizations to help authors with cover design, editing and formatting. We will unveil more tools over time.



#5 lee debourg

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

Does anyone have any newsworthy updates on Screwpulp?

 

XinXii sounds promising,if they're up to speed and running.

 

Anything?


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#6 Darke

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 07:02 PM

Might think about putting Google Play on the list too. :smile: It takes longer to input the data, and you really need to make sure your epub file is clean, but as Google Play is pre-loaded on millions of phones, I think it's a venue not to be overlooked. 


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#7 Ingrid Hansen

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 01:20 PM

Has anyone here heard of Double Bridge?

 

They are a crowdsourced editing and publishing company. Here's a link:

 

http://www.doublebridgepublishing.com/

 

I'm thinking of submitting a manuscript but worry a little about submitting it 'blind'.

 

Thanks



#8 K.M. Hanson

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 09:43 AM

Draft2Digital... about to use them here soon. 

 

https://www.draft2digital.com/


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