#GrabYourWallet : Another Reason for Indies to Publish Everywhere

Whatever our politics, we should be a nation of readers. Reading increases empathy , creates a mental flow state, and reduces stress. This post is about making sure readers can find the books they want in the places where they choose to shop. For participants in the #GrabYourWallet boycott, Amazon is not among the places where they choose to shop. I’m not telling anyone whether to participate or not, just informing authors and readers of some options.

Some authors I know are always tuned into political news, while others do their best to tune it all out. If you’re in the latter group, you might want to read this, in case you don’t know about a movement that is boycotting companies they have identified as selling Trump brand products. Amazon is one.

If the boycott gets momentum—which it might, since slightly over half the country didn’t vote for Trump—that could make a dent in indie authors’ sales. Readers who are boycotting Amazon need to find our books elsewhere. After all, Amazon isn’t the only place to buy books.

Boycotters (and others) can read on a Nook or install a Nook app on a Kindle or on a laptop. They can buy e-books from the iTunes bookstore and read on iPads, or buy paperbacks from independent bookstores. Or buy e-books from Kobo, Smashwords, Inktera, or ScribD, as long as they have an e-reader that reads e-pub formats or have Adobe Digital Editions software installed on their laptops. But they can’t boycott Amazon and still buy your books if you’re in KDP Select.

I’ve always felt strongly that authors should make their books available widely and not give one company a monopoly on their work. The more booksellers are competing in the marketplace, the better for the health of the book business and the more secure indie authors will be. Being published everywhere, I still might lose some sales if boycotting readers who own Kindles don’t take their business to the other retailers, but some might take one of the routes I listed above. I hope they will. Everyone needs to keep on reading.

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All the books reviewed on this site are widely available, and although the lists by genre have not been expanded for a while (I’ve been busy writing, reviewing and doing my days jobs), all of them include books that are published beyond Amazon.

Amber Foxx

Why Publish Everywhere?

All indie authors have this decision to make: either go into KDP Select, or publish everywhere. Obviously, as the curator of a web site called Indies Who Publish Everywhere, I chose the latter. If you’re an indie author debating which way to go, here’s my reasoning behind my choice.

My inner rebel has always distrusted Amazon’s exclusivity contract. Any time I feel as if someone is trying to talk me into something that seems to benefit them more than me, I get suspicious. Do I need a 70% royalty in countries where no one reads my books? No. But do I need to be able to sell to all readers, not just Kindle owners? Yes.

The other retailers let me sell a book at any price or offer it free, at any time, without having to give them a monopoly on my work, but Amazon only allows special promotions to authors who agree to a three-month contract of exclusivity. I can work around that. I don’t need to be in KDP Select to have free books or special sales. I just have to get Amazon to price-match the other stores.

An author must drop all the other retailers in be in Kindle Unlimited, where their books can be borrowed for lower royalties rather than sold, but Oyster and ScribD pay full royalties for books read through their unlimited subscriptions and don’t require exclusivity.

So far I’m happy with the choice to make my books widely available. Sometimes my Amazon sales exceed my sales on the other sites, but then I have months where most of my sales are elsewhere. As a reader I’m loyal to authors who choose to publish everywhere, and I suspect I’m not alone in this. I like my Nook and I like shopping through Barnes and Noble, and when indie authors make their books available on B&N I’m more likely to buy them.

Are you an indie author who publishes everywhere? I’m trying to grow this site to list more books. Go to https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/guidelines-for-authors and get in touch.

Are you a reader who’d rather buy directly for your e-pub e-reader than use a Kindle app? Browse the listings by genre. (You may find some free books and some bargains.) Read the reviews in the blog archives. Discover a new indie who publishes everywhere.