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Monday, May 10, 2010

Borders to offer ePubs

Notoriously behind-the-times bookseller Borders is finally getting into the digital book market with its partner, KoboBooks.com. Borders will launch its online store in June.

One wrinkle that is important to the self-publisher . . . you're not welcome at Borders.

I sent Kobo an email asking how I might submit my eBook for publication with Borders/Kobo(which takes no shelf space or work on their part, of course). They stated:

"Thanks for contacting us about selling your work with Kobo! We are currently asking self-published authors and small publishers to approach Smashwords or Author Solutions; both are digital aggregators with whom we have pre-existing contracts. By going through either one of these services, we will be better able to process the high volume of self-published authors that are looking to sell their work through Kobo."

In all fairness, I checked out SmashWords and it's a pretty decent ePublisher. But they don't offer DRM -- which might be a deal-breaker for some authors.

Here's an article about what Borders has planned: http://ow.ly/1J4oL

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