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South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

 

The January 2015 report on author earnings is enough to make most authors sit up and pay attention to the Amazon publishing machine. Headlines like 33% of eBook sales from Amazon.com are indie (self-published) authors or 40% of all dollars earned by authors on eBook sales from Amazon.com are earned by Indie authors all highlight the gradual shift away from the pure traditional publishing paradigm and highlight the success that can be achieved by authors not afraid of learning or experimenting with self-publishing.

This is so damn exciting for a community emerging from under the monopolistic blanket held by the big 5 publishers world-wide over the past few decades. Up until 2007 authors did not have a much of a choice but to collect rejection notices from publishers who, for business reasons, did not or could not accept their books for publication. Since 2007 however, Amazon’s KDP platform and its suite of other offerings aimed at Indie authors have had the author-community gripped in a wave of excitement.

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eBook Publishing in South Africa and the role Amazon has to play.

eBook Publishing in South Africa and the role Amazon has to play.

 

What is eBook Publishing, what steps are involved in the digital publishing process, how the process different from the normal hard-copy publishing route and is it the best choice for you?  Let’s start by taking a look at where the digital revolution really started.

 

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South African eBook Retailer Kalahari to Merge with Takealot.com

South African eBook Retailer Kalahari to Merge with Takealot.com

In a press-release earlier this week, it was announced that South African online retailer Kalahari.com will be merged together with local online powerhouse, Takealot.com

Kalahari which was first formed in 1998, has been a point of call for local authors as a method of distributing their eBooks within the country for a number of years. Despite a commanding presence in the country Kalahari is considered by many to be unfriendly towards self-published authors, insisting that they are represented by a publishing house before being loaded within their online eBook store.

This obviously defeats the purpose of self-publishing and this stubborn refusal to help authors choosing the self-published route has lead to more and more authors looking to the international giant Amazon.com to further their publishing aspirations. Amazon.com has long championed the cause of the self-published author, and with the advent of it's KDP platform more and more authors are finding it an invaluable tool in marketing oneself to international (and local!) readers.

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