4 eBook Platforms Offering Cool Data, Distribution & Marketing Tools

There are a lot of eBook platforms out there—how many do you know? I bet you haven’t heard of Kbuuk, PublishDrive, Scribl, or StreetLib but I’ll also bet you’ll want to try at least one of them by the end of this post. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your existing service (IngramSpark,… [Read More]

4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

There are a lot of eBook platforms out there—how many do you know? I bet you haven’t heard of Kbuuk, PublishDrive, Scribl, or StreetLib but I’ll also bet you’ll want to try at least one of them by the end of this post. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your existing service (IngramSpark, Smashwords, Amazon KDP), but add one or more of these to the mix. Just remember to exclude distribution to retailers you’re already reaching. Here's the rundown in alphabetical order:

Kbuuk

Strength: Book analytics tools for author insights and platform building.4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

Kbuuk is an eBook platform and subscription service based in Houston, Texas. The monthly fee is $0 (2 books), $5 (unlimited books), and $10 (unlimited books) per month. Upload a doc file, and they export it to EPUB and MOBI for distribution conversion, sales in the Kbuuk store, and distribution to Amazon.com, iBookstore, Kobo bookstore, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook. You get 80% royalty, even at the $0/mo level. Premium and Pro plans include a book web page, in-store sales, comprehensive reader analytics, book sales analytics, and a channel tracking service that helps you build your author platform by showing you how customers read your book and how many sales you made.

PublishDrive

Strength: Distribution to Spanish and Asian online book retailers and libraries.4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

PublishDrive is a Hungarian company that will publish your eBook in more than 400 stores including Apple iBooks, Google Play Books, Kindle, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, plus 240k digital libraries (schools, universities, public libraries) for 10% after net sales. You get paid monthly. You can upload an EPUB, or they’ll convert your book for you. Use them to reach the Spanish subscription service 24Symbols, TookBook, Casa De Libro, RedShelf, eSentral in SE Asia, and India’s Rockstand, as well as access to the OverDrive libraries and the Ciando libraries. If you don’t have an EPUB they’ll convert your Word doc to EPUB. Using their calculator, I figure conversion costs to be around $125 for a 60,000-word book, which is about right for a very simple eBook.

Scribl

Strength: Author discovery using a CrowdPricing model. GoodReads-like “similar titles” search for readers. Audiobook distribution with Podiobook.4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

Scribl was “founded by authors and aspiring authors to solve the core discovery challenges new authors face.” Though still in beta, they are open for business and can distribute your eBook to Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and hundreds of others.

They offer your eBook and audiobook (and podcasts, too), in their store and others, to customers hungry for free and low-cost books using a CrowdPricing ($CP) system. $CP encourages readers to take a chance on a new, undiscovered authors with initial pricing at free or almost-free. Your book will be free for a brief promotional period, then rise in price along with its ratings. (Look out, KDP Select!)

Scribl claims that $CP produces 30 times more total revenue for content than with conventional pricing. They also report that most downloads are paid downloads—unlike conventional systems, where most of the downloads are free.

Their CrowdPricing Everywhere system distributes to retailers with your bookmarked as $CP. You earn 70% royalty on distribution, and in their store, you earn 75% (or 85% if you also provide an audiobook version) of gross revenue (not net), minus PayPal fees. You are paid every 48 hours.

StreetLib

Strength: Cloud-based book creation tool with formatting for comics, cookbooks, and poetry. Partnership with Perlego reader subscription books for professional and academic books. Book page and opportunity to create revenue via curation. Sales widget to embed on your website. Book translation services.4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

StreetLib is an eBook platform based in Italy (also in Turkey and Latin America, and just announced a deal with Libreka! reaching hundreds of new stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) with some unique offerings that any author, anywhere, will be intrigued with. But first, the basics. StreetLib Write is their free cloud-based book creation tool, with formatting for comics, cookbooks, and poetry. You can export to EPUB, MOBI, fixed layout, and PDF for print. Choose from a la carte formatting, editing, cover design, EPUB correction and validation. They distribute to Amazon Kindle, Google Play, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and hundreds of other stores and charge 7%-10% of the cover price to US authors.

StreetLib has a partnership with Perlego, a subscription eBook platform that gives readers access to over 90,000 professional and academic books. You get paid depending on the number of pages read based on 55% of the membership revenues. (StreetLib keeps 65%.)

As an author on StreetLib, you can claim your book page, edit the content, and earn 15% of sales revenues. You can add other books from their large catalog to sell, also for a 15% commission. (Similar to Aerio.) This is a great way to offer a curated bookstore to make additional income.

A sales widget (similar to Gumroad) is also included to embed in your website, so you can ask your customers to buy direct.

Book translation services are available via a partnership with Babelcube. They don’t charge for translation but take a percentage of your translated book’s sales revenue.4 new eBook platforms with data, distribution & marketing tools by Carla King for BookWorks.com

Which of These eBook Platforms Will You Use?

How about you? Have you used one of these eBook platforms? Which ones are you attracted to and why? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, below.


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7 thoughts on “4 eBook Platforms Offering Cool Data, Distribution & Marketing Tools”

  1. Thank you very much for the list. I will consider them after finishing the kindle unlimited period.

    1. Carla King says:

      Excellent! Yes, Amazon KDP Select does tie your hands. I like to recommend using Pronoun instead for distribution to Amazon KDP (for ebooks) because they have some marketing features of Select without locking you into the 90 day exclusivity period. (Free days on Kindle.)

  2. Thanks for the heads up. Signed up with StreetLib and have had very limited success.Never heard of the other three but I’m contacting them now!
    Thanks, KeithSigned up with StreetLib and have had very limited success.
    Keith Guernsey
    thegurns2005@yahoo.com
    Twitter=@thegurns
    https://amzn.com/153338763X
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/654883

  3. Hi Carla!

    AC from StreetLib here! Thank you so much for taking a look at our platform 🙂 As I see Bookworks is based in the US may I add that we actually opened a StreetLib U.S.A company so that any american based author can be paid in dollars, directly by a United States bank with no worries about international taxations or payments.

    If you’d like to know more or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at acdefombelle@streetlib.com or by replying directly to this comment. I’d be happy to discuss!

  4. Carla King says:

    That’s great news, thanks for letting us all know. So how does that happen? If a USA author signs up, does it automatically get moved to StreetLib USA or is there a special USA url?

    1. When you set up your billing profile to receive your royalties from us, you’ll get specific instruction if you are in the US (like providing a W9 form), and you’ll be then automatically moved to StreetLib USA.

  5. I’m a big fan of both StreetLib and PublishDrive.

    Both have an international focus and reach sorely lacking with Smashwords and Draft2Digital, and both StreetLib and PublishDrive offer far better analytics than Smashwords and Draft2Digital.

    Both offer Amazon and Google Play, again missing from Smashwords and Draft2Digital.

    StreetLib has the best reach across Latin America, and is the first distributor to venture into sub-Saharan Africa.

    PublishDrive has some excellent distribution in eastern Europe, as well as the reach mentioned in the post with Rockstand in India and eSentral in SE Asia.

    Both have great customer service and are user-friendly.

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