Kobo has more than 18 million users in 190 countries with a digital book library of more moving fast in the e-books market. With three generations of Kobo e-readers along with the successful Kobobooks.com e-book store, Kobo added a self publishing platform called Kobo Writing Life, a few years back. Apart from their own store, the e-books published through Kobo Writing Life are distributed through their partners too. Let’s see what their platform offers.
What format does Kobo accept?
You can upload your content file in any of the following formats:
- DOC and DOCX
EPUB is the recommended format for most reliable reading experience.
How long does it take for the e-books to go live?
It may take 24-72 hours for the e-book to appear of Kobo’s own store. On the partner sites it may take additional 24 hours. If you choose to set a release date for your e-book, it will go live on that day.
Who determines the price of my e-book?
You do. You can also make your book free at any time without any requirement of exclusivity which Amazon KDP forces.
How much royalty do I get?
You receive royalties of 70 percent on eBooks priced between $1.99-$12.99; 45 percent for items priced lower or higher than that range. You are paid 45 days after the end of each month, provided you have met a minimum threshold of $100.00. If your royalties are less than that, you get paid every 6 months.
Where all do they distribute apart from their own store?
Do they provide any promotional support?
If you would like to schedule a future release date, you can input a future date while publishing the e-book. This gives you time to create any marketing or pre-release promotions. Also, if your e-book is available on Goodreads, the Goodreads reviews will be made available on your Kobo e-book’s item page automatically as long as the same ISBN is used.
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