Friday, October 15, 2010

And Now Borders Gets in the Game ...

From the press release:

Borders® today announced that it has teamed with BookBrewer to launch BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer. The co-branded publishing service empowers independent authors to publish and sell eBooks through the Borders eBook store, powered by Kobo, as well as other eBook retailers. BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer makes it seamless for any writer or blogger to format, display and sell their content across a number of technology platforms including a variety of tablets and eReading devices. The service will be available at borders.bookbrewer.com beginning Oct. 25. …

BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer gives authors a choice of two publishing packages: the $89.99 basic package and the $199.99 advanced publishing package. Under the basic package, BookBrewer will assign the book an ISBN (a $125 value), and will make it available to all major eBook stores at a price set by the writer. Royalties will be based on sales and will vary with each retailer. Authors who choose the advanced package will receive a full version of their ePub file, which they will own and may share with friends, family or submit on their own to eBook stores.

3 comments:

Catana/Sylvie Mac said...

There's been quite a bit of commentary about this. General consensus (and mine) is that if you want to shoot yourself in the foot, charge for what everyone else is doing for free.

Kae said...

Let me see, I'm going to pay upwards of $89. to have my book e-published with them when I can get it done for free at Smashwords for the same eReader formats? Huh?
And what's this $125.00 value on an ISBN. NOT.

JC Phelps said...

Smashwords offers ISBNs in the authors name for under $10 each or in their name for free. ISBNs used to be spendy but Bowker has realized that they can sell more if they sell cheaper and have set up some places they will partner with.

Odd that you have to pay to let them publish your work and I imagine they get some of the profit and pay you "royalties".
I don't believe my books are available at Borders (other than used copies by outside sellers) but I am available at Kobo.

It would be nice to see my book on shelves at the local Borders, but not for that price.