15 Jul

Google Play Store showing signs of improvement…

…but not quite there yet!

We have been publishing ebooks for over two years now. There are only five channels on which it’s worth selling ebooks and we are going to rank them by simplicity of their upload process:

1. Amazon 10/10

Works seamlessly. They may be hated by some but by Jove their systems work beautifully. They have really thought through the processes of how to upload an ebook and English titles can be up on Amazon within 12 hours of upload. Well done Amazon. 

2. Apple iBookstore 8/10

The iBookstore is impressive. You still need an application to upload a book to the store and you don’t actually know when the book will be up on their site. It seems that they have more of a curated process so we’ll let them off the hook. Nevertheless, they could still simplify and speed up their process. 

3. BN.com 7/10  

It’s important to have your books on BN.com because they own a significant share of the US e-reader market. We don’t recommend spending too much of your time on the UK version of the site as hardly anybody in the UK has a Nook. Their upload process is slightly clunky. You need to fill in and send an excel spreadsheet to their team and you have no idea when the book will be live on their site. They need to have a website upload process like Amazon has and I’m sure that they are moving in this direction.  NB. BN.com gets the prize for the most communicative and helpful promotions team. They are a pleasure to deal with. Well done BN.com.

4. Kobo 7/10

Kobo has improved their process and it’s much better than it was but we simply don’t see any sales on Kobo so are thinking of taking our books down from this channel unless they can offer better ways of promoting our titles. 

5. Google Play Store 5/10

This leaves Google Play Store. When we last commented on the Google Play Store on 09 May 2013, we were so infuriated by their upload process that we felt obliged to share a Goodreads comment:

"At Google Books, it’s like being blindfolded, drugged and beaten, then dropped from a helicopter into a foreign country and being tasked with completing a treasure hunt of items that are illegibly scrawled on a wet piece of paper, torn into several pieces."

So we were pleasantly surprised when we revisited the Google Play Store and saw vast improvements. It seemed that they had listened to the litany of complaints about the previous version. However, they have still not thought through a number of key issues such as how to arrange a price promotion without pulling your hair out and providing clear information about ebook cover sizes - when asked for advice on ebooks cover sizes, we were sent to a link referring to PDF files when all we wanted was their guidelines in pixels. That really was bad. 

Google, you have had a year to sort this out and still can’t provide a simple and intuitive user interface for uploading books to your Goole Play Store. We’ve offered more than once to sit down with you and show you how to make this process as simple as possible.  It’s really not rocket science. 

10 Jul
Our two history titles, A Short History of the World, by Christopher Lascelles and The Normans, by Lars Brownworth, are on the ‘Bestselling History Books’ list on the Google Play Store. Congratulations to our authors!

Our two history titles, A Short History of the World, by Christopher Lascelles and The Normans, by Lars Brownworth, are on the ‘Bestselling History Books’ list on the Google Play Store. Congratulations to our authors!

1 Jul

A Short History of the World hits Amazon No. 1 spot

We are delighted to report that our world history summary, A Short History of the World, has hit the number one spot in the world history section on Amazon. Congratulations to our author!

26 Jun

OPEN becomes best-seller on Amazon

We are delighted to report that our title, OPEN: How we’ll work, live and learn in the future, is at the top of all its categories and currently no 70 in the list of top 100 titles on Amazon.

Many congratulations to our author, David Price.

8 May
We are delighted to report that our latest ebook, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, has reached the best-seller charts on Amazon. Here are some of the latest reviews:
"A joy to read, I highly recommend it.”
“Lars Brownworth is an amazing storyteller”
“This book is a perfect primer for anyone wanting to understand the Middle Ages in Europe”
"…a rollercoaster, page-turning ride”
“It grabs your attention like a good thriller and holds it tightly”
“A flowing, conversational narrative that unlocks an overlooked bit of history”
 

We are delighted to report that our latest ebook, The Normans: From Raiders to Kings, has reached the best-seller charts on Amazon. Here are some of the latest reviews:

"A joy to read, I highly recommend it.”

Lars Brownworth is an amazing storyteller”

This book is a perfect primer for anyone wanting to understand the Middle Ages in Europe”

"…a rollercoaster, page-turning ride”

It grabs your attention like a good thriller and holds it tightly”

A flowing, conversational narrative that unlocks an overlooked bit of history”

 

3 Apr
Our best-selling title Stuffocation is available today (03 April 2014) as the Nook Daily Find on BN.com.

Our best-selling title Stuffocation is available today (03 April 2014) as the Nook Daily Find on BN.com.

19 Mar
Our first bookcover design award. May there be many more!

Our first bookcover design award. May there be many more!

18 Mar
Seen outside a Waterstone’s in London…

Seen outside a Waterstone’s in London…

We are delighted to report that our title, Stuffocation, is currently top of the best-seller list across three Amazon categories.

25 Feb

How on earth does Kobo come up with their categories?

How on earth does Kobo come up with their categories? Who, for example, decided, in their wisdom, that their non-fiction Middle Eastern categories should include only Israel, the Persian Gulf War (whatever that is) and General? 

Yet another startlingly poor performance from Kobo.

Does anybody actually see any sales on Kobo?