Useful tools for authors: Distribution


Draft2Digital

If you’re publishing wide, I can’t recommend D2D enough! They have amazing customer service and their formatting and automatic back and front matter saves so much time (and when you’re running your own business, time is valuable).

Currently, D2D publishes to:

  • Amazon
  • iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Tolino
  • OverDrive (libraries)
  • Scribd
  • 24Symbols
  • Playster
  • Inktera (formally Page Foundry)

That’s a lot of bases covered and time saved!

Books2Read

Books2Read is connected to D2D, so if you’re publishing through D2D you already have an account. Books2Read allows you to have a single universal link for your book for all distributors in all countries! This is a fantastic tool because it means your link will never change and you don’t have to post multiple links every time you want to promote your book. You can go in anytime and update the links and make sure it’s picking up all of the distributors your books are available on.

Even when I’m publishing exclusive to Amazon, I still use Books2Read because it also allows me to use a single link for all of the international Amazon sites. Which is better than the excel spreadsheets I used to keep with all of the links so I could copy and paste into posts.

InstaFreebie or BookFunnel

I haven’t used BookFunnel yet, but I’ve looked into it and I want to try it out this spring. Both of these services help you distribute free eBooks for giveaways, ARCs, review copies, etc.

For $20 a month on Instafreebie, you can also collect the email addresses of anyone who downloads your book. This can be a great way to build your email list. You can also use their giveaway services for free (if you don’t want to collect emails).

BookFunnel is a similar service, but you can collect email addresses there for $10 per month, so it’s a little cheaper on that front. They, however, don’t have a free option.

Do you have any tools that you can’t live without? 

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