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Independent Bookstores Alliance Themselves with Kobo

I guess it is now official, the Indie Bookstores have allianced themselves with Kobo eBooks and it is about time they partnered up with an eBook Powerhouse. Maybe now they will be able to recover some of their sales by being able to offer their customers some of those great eBooks coming from Smashwords authors around the world.

I am really excited about this news.

In the past I went ahead and loaded my books onto the Google eBook site. Their site is a horror show. It is hard to maneuver and it is just plain quirky. And when they post the reviews for my books that are coming off of GoodReads, for some reason they like to grab all the lowest review ratings instead of the top ratings. I thought this to be an odd practice for a company who was looking to sell eBooks.

Now with the new Kobo deal with the indie bookstores, anyone who publishes with Smashwords and selects the distribution to Kobo will be able to have their books distributed to the US Brick and Mortar Stores.

It was not too long ago that I spoke to the owner of our local bookstore. He really didn’t know what to expect with this new Kobo deal. He was kind of apprehensive about the eBook movement and was afraid that eBooks would replace print books just as mp3 files took over the CD market.

Hopefully he decides to carry the Kobo eReader so he can actively promote eBooks from his store.

So move over Amazon, the Independent Bookstores are back in business.

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Linda Nelson is a writer, blogger, daytime worker and student at Franklin Pierce University. Her studies are taking up a significant portion of her time while she finishes up her bachelor degree in Accounting for the intent of acquiring her Masters of Science in Accounting. She also has a diverse degree by the additional business courses added to her curriculum along with some Social Services classes. Linda is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Monadnock Writers Group. She is the author of Along Came Neil, a Young Adult Sweet-romance which is the last book in her Wings from Ashes trilogy released in 2013. Linda is working on other romances, but their release dates are still undetermined. Linda lives in Southern New Hampshire. You can reach Linda at her website lindajnelson.com.

6 Comments

  • Julie Daly

    Yes! Now, if only I could get my hands on either a Kobo Glo or Kobo Arc here in the U.S., I’d be all set. I have been chomping at the bit for either one, as I intend to get both. However, it’s so frustrating to see both products selling just over the border in Canada, and here in the U.S., we still cannot get one. Arghhhh.

    • Author Linda Nelson

      Julie, check with your local indie bookstore. They may be able to help you aquire one or both of the Kobos you are looking for. Many of the Indie Bookstores are taking the option to sell the eReaders in hope to draw more sales to their stores.

  • 1EarthUnited

    This is really great news, I’m all for independents cracking the market. The main problem is the reader… it seems obscured by all those Nooks, Kindles and I-tunes. So I can see why
    independent bookstores are weary of this format, they’re still competing against the big boys.

    • Author Linda Nelson

      I have talked to many a reader in my area, most of which still perfer to hold a physical book in their hands instead of an eReader.
      I think, when the ecomony finishes recovering we will see a resurgence of physical books being sold.

    • 1EarthUnited

      Linda, you may be right. Nothing can replace the presence of a leather bound classic. However, upon traveling I’ll tote along an I-pad for convenience.

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