Authors Bookstores Libraries

These resources were originally compiled in the Fall of 2019 to accompany the book An Author’s Guide to Working with Libraries and Bookstores and are updated from time to time. You can also download templates and other resources below. [Last Update Jan 2022]

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MISC Updates

  • LIBRARY MARKET INFO
    • OverDrive, which was owned by Rakuten, inc. (the same parent company that owns Kobo) at the time the book was written, is no longer a child company of Rakuten. KKR, a leading global investment firm from New York, has had majority interest in OverDrive since June of 2020.
    • Kobo Writing Life – In May of 2020, Kobo Writing Life introduced Cost Per Checkout for OverDrive’s catalogue. Prior to this, the only option was the One Copy One user model. Authors don’t have control over these two options. If you accept distribution to OverDrive, you accept for both OCOU and CPC.
    • BorrowBox – In June 2021 Draft2Digital announced a partnership with BorrowBox, a major library wholesales in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
  • BOOKSTORE MARKET INFO
    • Chapters/Indigo (Canadian Book Chain) – Books made available for wide distribution through Ingram Spark/Draft2Digital Print/etc no longer automatically populate this Canadian retailer website (the same way they do Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, etc). You need to contact them and share information about your title to the Master Data team (masterdata@indigo.ca). Please note that Indigo requires a MINIMUM discount available for listing the title. (If you’re using Amazon’s “extended distribution” for POD, you’re going to be flat out of luck).
    • Barnes & Noble – Since the August 2019 acquisition of Barnes & Noble by Elliott Management Company, James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones in the UK, became CEO of the company. In March of 2020, Barnes & Noble announced that the planned closure of 400 (of 620) stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daunt also announced plans to change the acquisition process to provide more autonomy to the existing store management teams. (IE, more power over local buying).
    • Bookshop.org – Currently available in the US only, this an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores appeared. As of Jan 2020, this is still a PRINT market, with links to audiobooks from Libro.FM, but with no indie eBook offerings.
  • eBOOK MARKET INFO
    • Google Play – As expected, Google Play made modifications throughout 2020 to the publishing experience, offering better terms for authors regarding automated “price dropping” matching that was causing price matching issues in major English language territories, the ability to create DIY coupon codes, and better online sales analytics.

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