Ebook Distribution Services

While investigating the nitty-gritty unexpected details in this self-publishing business (I think I was googling something about ISBNs (those numbers above the barcodes if you didn’t know (like how I didn’t) – consensus seems to be that they aren’t necessary, but are a good thing to have to back up your rights)), I came across this blog post by savvy writers:


It references the British company eBook Partnership as an option for self-publishers who want to reach ALL OF THE DISTRIBUTORS!

all the distributors

This is a thing? You can pay someone to reach all of the outlets and even libraries? AND THEY DON’T TAKE COMMISSION???

Colour me suspicious.

I’ve got to be honest here: this seems too good to be true. These guys only charge $50 for a year of this:


They do have plenty of recommendations on their website… but you know how if it seems too good to be true, it probably is?

What I’d like to know, is if any of you authors/interested parties out there have heard of this? For now, it seems legit, but I’m definitely curious on getting some third-party opinions…

So, what do you think?


Awesome New Harry Potter Covers from Bloomsbury

Photo: Exciting news! Tomorrow we will be revealing the new Jonny Duddle covers for 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. We promise that you’re in for a treat!

As iconic as the original covers are, I think they were due for an update I really really love these new covers ❤ They do a much better job at conveying the magic inside. Well, actually the original Goblet of Fire cover was beautiful, but the new one gives the dragon scene much more detail. That’s the only one I could call a minor improvement – the rest of them are MAJOR improvements. I mean, I won’t be re-buying the books just for the new covers, but I’m very happy to look and share them 🙂

Oh, the original covers I’m talking about are the English ones, not the American ones. We got the same covers as the Brits here down under.

Photo: Excited to reveal Jonny Duddle’s covers for 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. Which one is your favourite? Share this magical moment with every Harry Potter fan you know! 

Out 01.09.14. Pre-order these #HarryPotterBooks now: http://harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/


Free Download of Garth Nix and Jodi Picoult Books on iTunes

Photo: Get Garth Nix's fantasy masterwork Sabriel for FREE! A compelling high fantasy, this is the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic. 'Sabriel is a winner, a fantasy that reads like realism. Here is a world with the same solidity and four-dimensional authority as our own, created with invention, clarity and intelligence.' Philip Pullman Download on iBooks for free all this week! http://bit.ly/1knpEfy

So Allen & Unwin are still celebrating their 100 years anniversary, and for one week they have two ebooks for free download! The only downside is that it’s only from iTunes, so for non-apple users it’s not so free.

Photo: The tantalising new novella from Jodi Picoult, Larger Than Life is another precursor to #LeavingTime which comes out in October (see below for details of how you could get it early), and is available free all this week as an e-book from Apple http://bit.ly/1s2ZfCL and all other e-book retailers, catch it while you can! It also includes the first chapter of Leaving Time. Alice Metcalf is unlucky in love and was fired from her last job. She is on a tenuous footing in her current one, and has just received the worst news of her life. But when she comes across a family of elephants, killed for their ivory, she can't abandon the surviving calf. Trying to hide a hundred-pound baby elephant in her camp may be difficult, but Alice is ready to break all the rules to save the one life she can. A haunting, beautifully told prequel to Jodi's upcoming novel Leaving Time. If you're quick, Leaving Time is a giveaway on Goodreads at the moment - head on over here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/101595-leaving-time

The first is a prequel novella to Jodi Picoult’s yet-to-be-released novel “Leaving Time” (coming in October), called Larger Than Life.

The second book is the first in Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom Chronicles, Sabriel.

If you want to read the original post from Allen & Unwin, you can find them up on Facebook.