Fair question. I have been surprised by the number of people who have asked since we changed our Distribution packages, and introduced commission free eBook distribution for authors.
Some have a slightly suspicious tone, and some are downright concerned for us (including the lovely Rachel Abbott who said rather sternly “You do a good job Diana, and I don’t think you should sell yourselves short!”).
This is a competitive business, we are not the only company to offer eBook distribution, with 100% royalties. Our reasons may be different to other providers, but the rationale for us is quite simple. It simplifies the process for us, and our clients prefer to see exact figures from the retailers, and to reap the benefit of their promotional activity.
We offer a variety of services to authors and small publishers; we provide the expertise to help convert books into eBooks. Our scanning/OCR service is fantastic also, and we are delighted that so many people find it such a welcome change to find a company that does the job properly!
The retailers have different royalty rates (more information on our Distribution page). Each of our clients can see exactly what the retailers pay per sale, by checking their individual account on our eBook sales admin system. We charge a one off set up fee of £75 to upload your eBook to all of the retailers, and to set up your account. After the first year you can renew the arrangement for £29 per year.
We pay royalties each month, when we receive payment from the retailers.
Some clients will quickly see a return on their investment of £75 to set up, it takes longer for others, but the incentive is there to continue to spread the word, and drive sales.
Please feel free to get in touch, if we can help with your eBook project, or if you have any questions.