Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Libraries

According to the American Library Association there are nearly 120,000 libraries in the United States. If you are considering self-publishing, that number should make you salivate.

Libraries are not only a huge market, they are frequently an untapped one for self-publishers. Unfortunately, libraries usually order books from their own distributors, which means approaching them directly to purchase your self-published book may be an uphill battle.

Don't despair.  Self-published authors have several options for getting their books into libraries.

1) Smashwords - If you publish through Smashwords, your book will be available to libraries through OverDrive (world's largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), and Odilo (2,100 public libraries in North America, South America and Europe).

2) Self-e - This is a joint venture from Library Journal and BiblioBoard. It is designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers via public libraries. Distribution through SELF-e is royalty free, which means authors do not earn royalties though this platform. SELF-e is best viewed as a marketing tool to build a readership. If your ebooks are already generating satisfactory royalties from library sales via other channels, then SELF-e might not be a good fit for you.

3) eBooksAreForever -  EbooksAre Forever has suspended operations. I'm leaving this information up, in case anyone wants to know what they were doing.

The eBooksAreForever mission is to create a "large, curated collection of ebooks to every library in North America, at a fair and sustainable price, where the library owns the ebook forever and authors and publishers make great, ongoing royalties." The current pricing for novels is $7.99 and $3.99-$4.99 for all shorter works, including essays, short stories, novellas, etc. Many libraries buy the entire collection.

4) Book Reviews - Librarians order books largely based on reviews. Getting a review into one of these magazines will provide you with maximum exposure.


5) Direct marketing - This works for print books. Walk into your local library and ask them to order your book. While you're at it, offer to do a reading.

Helpful resources (Read these articles!):

The Library Market: What Indie Authors Need to Know

Getting Indie Authors Into Libraries - An Interview with Mitchell Davis of BiblioBoard

SELF-e: Frequently Asked Questions

Top 25 Librarian Bloggers (By the Numbers)

Publishing U: Getting Your Self-Published Book into Libraries

12 comments:

  1. Your article mentions ebookareforever. When I follow the link and click on the "For Authors" button I get an error message related to security certificates. Besides that, I don't find any information regarding the operation after 2015. Are they still functioning? If not you probably want to let your followers know.

    ReplyDelete
  2. As far as I know, eBooksAreForever is still in beta. According to the founder, they are accumulating "content." http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2015/03/ebooks-for-libraries.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. eBooksAreForever "suspended" operations in 2016. Co-founder August Wainwright posted to KindleBoards to make the announcement, but the news seems not to have circulated--it looks like they chose to keep it quiet. Interestingly, the other co-founder, Joe Konrath hasn't made mention of eBooksAreForever on his blog since 2015 (based on a quick search of his site). I'd guess there's a story there.... http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,237774.msg3315623.html#msg3315623

      Delete
    2. Thanks for the information! It is surprisingly difficult to get updated information on some of these sites.

      Delete
  3. My local library would only take a copy if I donated it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Remember, for even a free book, the library has to add that book to the collection - and that is not inexpensive. And some libraries have space problems. As a writer, you know your local librarians, ask about how the library acquires books. Each one is different.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for a helpful article. I have sold my books to local high school libraries with success. Most will usually buy 2-3.I am self-publishing this time and so far every site for libraries costs a bundle. Thanks for some more options.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great article! Thanks for all the ideas and the links. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for this helpful information. :) --- Suzanne

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great information and thank you. Liz Gablonski.

    ReplyDelete
  9. CitySpidey is India's first and definitive platform for hyper local community news, RWA Management Solutions and Account Billing Software for Housing Societies. We also offer residential soceity news of Noida, Dwarka, Indirapuram, Gurgaon and Faridabad. You can place advertisement for your business on city spidey.

    Gate Management System
    Society Management App
    Society Management
    rwa Management App
    Neighbourhood Management App
    Apartment Management App
    Apartment Management System
    Visitors Management System
    Apartment Management Software
    Noida News
    Gurgaon News
    Ghaziabad News
    Delhi News
    Indirapuram News
    Dwarka News

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...