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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by alhawke on June 12, 2024, 04:05:01 AM »
Have you (or anyone) heard of any authors who are direct with BN having their books that are direct with BN removed?
I've been wondering this exact same thing too. A few years ago, Amazon started making my paperback's from Ingram unavailable. That's why I decided to publish my paperbacks through BOTH Amazon and Ingram. Is B&N doing this now to increase their royalty share? If so, I can publish through B&N. Wouldn't be a huge bother.

For those who don't know, B&N has been purposely taking down indies' books.
But is it certain that it's only Indie? I've seen publisher's books affected too.

I emailed B&N but got a robotic response. It asked me if I wanted to speak to real person. I said yes. I don't know if they'll respond. Unfortunately, B&N has never been easy to contact. But I'll let you all know if I hear anything further.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Lynn on June 12, 2024, 01:23:40 AM »
Have you (or anyone) heard of any authors who are direct with BN having their books that are direct with BN removed?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by writeway on June 12, 2024, 01:19:20 AM »
For those who don't know, B&N has been purposely taking down indies' books. It's a controversy brewing and authors have begun to take action. I contacted The Alliance of Independent Authors and Authors Guild has already been contacted. This is not a mistake, this is a purge. B&N is doing this under the guise of "quality" control and discriminating against indie's books. They are not informing authors of this until you email and ask why your books were taken down. An author has been sharing her correspondence with B&N in the Wide For The Win group on Facebook. There is a big discussion on this in that group so if you are in the group, check it out to learn more. If you are in a writers' organization, contact them and urge them to get involved. Authors who've contacted D2D have been told D2D will contact B&N but admit they have no power against this decision.

So, that's what's happening.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Lynn on June 11, 2024, 04:05:10 PM »
Adding a paperback was pretty simple. I just used the files I used for KDP, but I did have to make some adjustments to the spine width for the cover. Their setup requirements for the cover were just a little different.

Smaller or bigger spine? And do they do their own PSD cover template like Amazon do?

38 pixels smaller (width). The safe area for text on the front and back cover was also a bit smaller. So anything close to the edges of what is safe on a KDP print cover will probably need to be adjusted.

I don't know if they do their own. I uploaded my own cover. I just think I remember there being an option to make a cover if you don't have one.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by TimothyEllis on June 11, 2024, 03:36:12 PM »
Adding a paperback was pretty simple. I just used the files I used for KDP, but I did have to make some adjustments to the spine width for the cover. Their setup requirements for the cover were just a little different.

Smaller or bigger spine? And do they do their own PSD cover template like Amazon do?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Lynn on June 11, 2024, 03:31:56 PM »
Just as a matter of interest, does going direct with BN distribute to anyone else, anywhere?

I've been wondering about using them direct, but if they are just US, it's a lot of work for limited reach, even if that market is the biggest.

I'm thinking of doing trilogies of my entire universe in a single series, just as paperbacks. Just ignore the series, and put them in volumes in the recommended reading order. That's 23 odd paperbacks of minimum 3 books, and maximum 6 where shorts are included.

It's a lot of work though.

As far as I know, US only. Sorry.

Adding a paperback was pretty simple. I just used the files I used for KDP, but I did have to make some adjustments to the spine width for the cover. Their setup requirements for the cover were just a little different. They do have a cover creator if I remember correctly. So if you use a front cover only and let them do the rest, should be easy.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by TimothyEllis on June 11, 2024, 03:26:51 PM »
Just as a matter of interest, does going direct with BN distribute to anyone else, anywhere?

I've been wondering about using them direct, but if they are just US, it's a lot of work for limited reach, even if that market is the biggest.

I'm thinking of doing trilogies of my entire universe in a single series, just as paperbacks. Just ignore the series, and put them in volumes in the recommended reading order. That's 23 odd paperbacks of minimum 3 books, and maximum 6 where shorts are included.

It's a lot of work though.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by Lynn on June 11, 2024, 03:02:41 PM »
I meant in the context of the transfer. I'm not sure how they're handling it. As in, are the books being republished to BN as new books from D2D or did they make contact with BN and let them know this was happening, that these books were all already published, and that the books would be coming in from D2D now instead of Smashwords.

That suggests they might have duplicated a lot of books without stopping to find out if they were already there.

Yeah, I thought it was obvious that it would not be duplicated or sent as new books but I've learned my lesson with them about what is obvious. I haven't found where they've discussed technical details of how they're handling this transition from Smashwords to Draft2Digital, but I do know my books were listed as "publishing" after the transfer. So even if it's coming in as the exact same book and there's no change, it appears as if the transfer/merge has triggered all the books that were moved from Smashwords to D2D to do an update with the retailer at the least and a complete republishing at the worst.

If it's anything like what I'm imagining, it could definitely strain some systems that aren't robust enough to handle a massive increase in "updating" or "publishing" ebooks.

Which might be entirely wrong, but I don't know, because I haven't found an actual explanation of the process.

Also, I do not have ebooks going from D2D to BN. I go direct with BN, and all my books are still there, except for print books published through KDP Print.

I kind of think the missing paperbacks from Ingram issue and the D2D ebooks issue are probably separate issues that happened to hit at the same time.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Missing paperbacks on B&N
« Last post by TimothyEllis on June 11, 2024, 12:31:40 PM »
I meant in the context of the transfer. I'm not sure how they're handling it. As in, are the books being republished to BN as new books from D2D or did they make contact with BN and let them know this was happening, that these books were all already published, and that the books would be coming in from D2D now instead of Smashwords.

That suggests they might have duplicated a lot of books without stopping to find out if they were already there.
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Proofreading - now booking for June
« Last post by Alexa on June 11, 2024, 05:59:15 AM »
Now booking for June and July!
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