So, I’ve recently made the monumental decision to ‘go wide’ with my (currently) ten indie genre novels.
For those of you with a British 1980s childhood, you can cancel those visions of Rick Astley and Duran Duran from your mind … wrong sort of Wide Boy.
Going wide as an author means withdrawing novels from the exclusive e-book lock-in deal which Amazon offers. This is the your-soul-for-gold deal offered by Devilish Jeff Bezos, where he gives you the best cheddar in return for your books ONLY being available via Amazon.
What this means in practice for you is that my e-books are now available from Apple Books, Google Play, B&N, Nook, and a host of other stores – as well as via your public library. Not just Amazon, anymore.
I have also made the print books available via Ingram, alongside Amazon print-on-demand, which means bookstores can now order the titles without greasing the big A’s palm with silver.
Given Amazon are about 90% of the English-speaking global e-book market, not to mention 75% of the print sales, this will probably mean a 30-50 percent hit on money coming in, with my books ejected from the exclusive Amazon pay-per-page lending system.
You can get the books via http://stephenhunt.net/bookstore-google-play/ for Google, http://stephenhunt.net/bookstore-kobo/ for Kobo, and http://stephenhunt.net/bookstore-apple-itunes/ for Apple. The ISBNs via Ingram are listed below each title.
Oddly, as soon as these went new ISBNs went wide, Amazon’s print copies started getting seriously delayed in shipping? A fit of pique at not being the only game in town? Who knows? Anyway, if you are a Patreon supporter at the ‘Lord Commander of the Dead Tree’ Level, your signed copies are now on the way to you thanks to Ingram.
Yes, I’m the widest of Wide Boys, now.