Why Are My Books Not On Kobo?

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed (probably not!) but my books are no longer available for sale on Kobo. If you’re a Kobo customer, I apologize that you can’t find Romances for the Bohemian Soul there anymore, and here’s why.

I recently discovered that after Kobo received my books from my distributor, they’d re-distribute them to a large number of smaller ebook retailers without my permission. And Kobo is not willing to tell authors just who has the books, either. So I (and a lot of other ticked off authors) have no way of knowing which sites are selling our books, or if they’ve sold any. If they have, we haven’t been paid for them.

This is disturbing on so many levels. I put my trust in Kobo to sell my books to readers, not re-distribute them to any fly-by-night ebook retailer that might catch their fancy. Who knows if these sites are even legit or not? Are some of them pirate sites? No way to know since Kobo won’t tell us their names.

I’ve had problems with Kobo in the past, anyway. They classified Athena’s Daughter as erotica. Athena’s Daughter, y’all! Not even close to being erotica! And nothing I did or said would make them reclassify the book back to 20th Century Romance. When I found out about their shady re-distribution scheme that was it. I was done. No more Kobo.

From here on out my books will only be available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. I’m considering dropping Smashwords, mainly because none of the readers I’ve talked to have ever heard of it. And if readers haven’t heard of it they’re not going to buy from them. I mainly use Smashwords as a distributor to Apple and B&N, but I’m looking into uploading my books to those retailers myself and cutting out the middle man. Smashwords is kind of in the dark ages, too. They don’t accept .docx files which means I have to convert all my books to .doc just for them. Too, they’re so danged picky about how authors format the Table of Contents. Can’t just add one like on Amazon. No, there are about ten steps to go through with Smashwords, and honestly?

I’m very comfortable with my books being at Amazon, iTunes (iBooks, whatever) and Barnes & Noble, and there they’ll stay.

Oh, and since I mentioned Athena’s Daughter, there’s some news about that book! It’s getting a gorgeous new cover, and a new paperback edition. If you already own a paperback, don’t rush out and buy the new one unless you just want to. The reason it’ll be listed as “new” is because I’m changing the size of the book, going from 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ to the standard 6″ x 9″ trim size. For some reason that necessitates a “new” edition. Go figure.

I’ll be sharing the new cover in my next newsletter as well as information about the new project I’ve hinted at. I’ll have pictures and everything! So if you’re not subscribed and you want to be among the first to see/know stuff, go ahead and sign up.

And if you haven’t pre-ordered Heart of Gold, it’s available now, and will drop in your e-readers on October 24! The first book, Sister Golden Hair, is only 99 cents for a very limited time for those who haven’t read it yet and want to catch up before reading Book 2!


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