By Jessica Deane-WatersA new self-publishing system is making it easier for booksellers and publishers to sell their books to consumers on Amazon.
Now, self-published authors and publishers are starting to get in on the act as well.
This new system was introduced last week and will launch with self-Publishing for books, and self-edited books.
But the changes are already making a big impact.
For example, in the past, bookseller and publisher contracts could be complicated and sometimes expensive, while publishers and booksellors had to sign off on every single piece of the self-booking process.
But now that it’s easy to self- publish, the authors and book publishers are signing contracts with a simplified system, where they’re signing away the right to control the final design of their book.
“It’s really great,” says Sarah Stauffer, author of the forthcoming book, “The Self-Publish: A Book Marketing Strategy.”
“There’s a lot of uncertainty about what the rules are,” says Stauffer.
“But we can now sign contracts with more transparency and with fewer rules.”
As a result, the number of self-written books in the Kindle store has skyrocketed, from 1,846 in the last quarter to nearly 9,500 now.
And the process is now becoming easier, because the Amazon system allows you to get the books on your Kindle from anywhere, and that means they can be purchased directly on the Amazon app or through the Kindle app store, and the bookstores are now offering more options for sellers.
“There are no restrictions, and you can do this from anywhere,” says Chris Miller, author and CEO of the online publishing company, Stauffen.
“So it’s really good.”
There are also other benefits to the new system.
“It’s a good starting point for authors and editors who are starting out,” says Scott O’Brien, author, “Lily of the Valley of the Dolls.”
“When you’re a first-time author, you don’t know what you need to get published, but you also don’t really have to know the rules.
You just have to get a contract and put your book on the Kindle.”
Stauffer says the process also lets booksells and publishers see where the best deals are, and it means that when Amazon decides to launch a new series of books, it will be more likely to include the best selling books.
And if you’re an independent publisher or author, the new selfpublishing process will mean you’re no longer bound to a contract with one publisher.
“You can sign up to any publisher, and get the book in the store with zero restrictions,” says Michael Wohl, co-founder of the Independent Authors & Publishers Association.
“All you need is the books, the software, and a good bookseller who has the best deal.”
“Self-publish books are a huge deal,” says Mark Schmitt, coauthor of “A Better Book: How to Create Your Own eBook Publishing Strategy.”
“It gives you the power to publish on Amazon, and they give you the ability to do this at any time, without needing to worry about contracts, licenses, or royalties.
And you get to keep control of your book.”
Schmitt says the new process is great for authors who want to focus on their books and make money, while for publishers and publishers, it allows them to concentrate on what they really need to make money.
“Self-published books are great because they give publishers more freedom to create books, whereas publishing on Amazon will force publishers to write books and pay for them,” he says.
The self-selling process is a new way of doing bookselling for authors, and for independent bookselllers and publishers.
“The whole idea is to have this seamless way of getting your book into the digital world without needing a contract,” says Miller.
“That’s really the beauty of it, because it’s completely free, and everyone can publish their book and have it be available for purchase on Amazon and other platforms, without having to go through the usual publishing process.
It’s an easy way to get your books out there.”
And while the process isn’t perfect, it’s better than the alternatives, says Stieffer.
“There are still a lot more books that will never see the light of day,” she says.
“And with self publishing, publishers and authors have the ability, at least in the short term, to publish books on their own terms.”