The Best Self-Publishing Platforms to Publish Your Book!
If you have been looking to self-publish your book, but you’re not sure what self-publishing platforms are available or which one to focus on, then keep reading, and we’ll break it down for you!
When it comes to self-publishing your book, there’s a variety of choices and self-publishing platforms available to choose from. Self-publishing is quite intimidating for any first-time author that’s written a book and looking to take the next step.
Which self-publishing platform should you choose? Which self-publishing platform offers you the best ROI (return on investment), and which self-publishing platform is best for your book? They’re all great questions, and in the following article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best self-publishing platforms available.
The Best Self-Publishing Platforms to Publish Your Book
In no particular order, here are some of the world’s best self-publishing platforms to help you get started in your career as an author.
1. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
This is probably one of the most popular and also one of the biggest self-publishing platforms available. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), owned by Amazon, is one of the biggest ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook platforms in the world. It’s hard to ignore one of the biggest publishing platforms in the world. They even have their range of e-readers, which allow users to download ebooks to their devices directly.
Amazon controls almost 90% of all ebooks sold in the United States, almost 90% in the United Kingdom, and over 50% in Canada. Whatever way you look at it, KDP has a huge market share of ebook and paperback book sales.
One of the ways KDP attracts new authors is with its Kindle Unlimited program. You have to grant KDP exclusive rights to your digital books to Amazon for 90-days. In exchange, you can take advantage of five free days every 90-days, discount deals, price countdowns, and also a share of the Kindle Unlimited author earning fund, which gives you a certain amount of money for every page read. In exchange, anyone enrolled in Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime can read your ebook for free.
What Formats Does Amazon Accept?
Depending on the price of your book, you’ll get either 35% or 70% royalties on every sale of your ebook. For print titles, the amount you get depends on the cost of printing the book and how much you’re selling it for. Createspace used to be the paperback or POD (print on demand) arm of KDP, but now all new titles are managed through the KDP dashboard.
If you want to upload your book to KDP, it needs to be in a .MOBI format.
Paperback or ebooks will be linked together on the Amazon platform and available under your author profile. If you’re looking to add an audiobook or hardcover book, you’ll need to upload it on another platform and then publish it to Amazon. Once a certain amount of time has passed, the different versions of your book will be all linked together.
2. Apple iBooks
The next self-publishing platform on our list is iBooks, which is owned and operated by Apple. Once upon a time, you needed a Mac an iTunes account to upload your ebook to iBooks or distribute through other sites such as Ingram Spark or Smashwords. However, now anyone can upload and sell their books through iBooks if they have the right file type. iBooks is the second-largest ebook retailer after Amazon.
iBooks has over forty different country-specific ebook stores that allow users to directly download ebooks to their iPad, iPhone, or Apple Mac computer. iBooks allows authors to set their own prices, schedule free promotions, discount offers, and you don’t have to sign any exclusive distribution rights. Apple iBooks offers all its authors a 70% royalty.
3. Barnes & Noble Press
Barnes & Noble Press used to be known as Nook. They offer a self-publishing platform for authors. They offer both ebook sales as well as POD options for paperbacks. Any books that are published with Barnes & Noble Press only retail through their physical stores and their online platforms. Depending on what price you set on your book, authors can expect between 40% – 65% royalties.
Kobo has about 2% of the ebook sales market in the top five English speaking countries, but over 25% of the market in Canada. The great thing about Kobo is that it offers authors the opportunity to use their self-publishing platform and also distributes and sells its own range of e-readers and devices. As well as their own reading platform, Kobo has also teamed up with several high-profile book retailers around the world. Depending on the size and price of your book, authors can expect to receive between 45% – 70% royalties on their books.
IngramSpark is part of the Lightning Source network. Lightning Source is for book publishers only, but IngramSpark caters to all authors and offers a very comprehensive self-publishing platform. IngramSpark distributes their books to some of the world’s biggest retailers, including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
One of the great things about IngramSpark is they have a hardcover option. This is something that Amazon doesn’t offer. IngramSpark also has POD options for authors. If you ever want to see your book in a brick and mortar store, the returns option on paperback and hardcover books available through IngramSpark is a great option.
However, IngramSpark also charges authors to setup, list, and edit their titles, but there are several promotions every year to waive these fees. Royalties at IngramSpark will depend on the size, quality, and distribution rights that your book has.
For authors only interested in ebook options, Smashwords might be the best self-publishing platform for you. They distribute all their ebooks to the biggest retailers, including iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. The format that’s required for Smashwords can be quite difficult to master. You also need to upload different formats for the other retailers as well.
You’ll lose 10% of all sales through Smashwords as well as 15% on books that are sold through their list of retailers.
Creating your own self-publishing platform to sell your books!
Authors also have the option of getting your book printed and creating your own platform on a website. You could do this with ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, and audiobooks. It’s going to take quite a lot of work, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to lose any money in royalties.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our post on the best self-publishing platforms. If you need any assistance throughout your self-publishing journey, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Author Services Australia.