I was stunned by an e-mail I got from a writer who said he seldom bothered to publish his work to Pubit (B&N) and Smashwords and trade paper format.
I was so stunned, I have yet to respond.
The Amazon Kindle store is a bookstore. A large one, with a few overseas small branches. It does great stuff and is easy for customers to use. No problem with that at all.
But it is not the only bookstore on the electronic book-selling planet.
B&N is a bookstore for electronic books as well, a large one that also gets out overseas in a limited way. Small publishers can go direct to that store through the Pubit connection.
Smashwords is a distributor that not only is a small bookstore in their own right, but also gets your books with very little problem to the iPad store that deals all over the world, Kobo’s many, many stores around the world, and Sony’s many stores around the world.
In other words, by simply uploading your book to one place, (Smashwords) you can hit thousands of bookstores in hundreds of countries around the world.
And then there are the thousands and thousands of bookstores that buy paper books from Createspace. Not only can you slowly put together a list of stores you go to directly as a publisher, but through the extended program, the bookstores can order your books through the major book distributors such as Ingrams and Baker and Taylor.
So I am just floored at the idea that any publisher would base their entire income on one bookstore. That is just not a sound business practice.
And thus, I suppose, that tells you what I think of the Kindle Select program.
Sorry, I just don’t understand the business thinking of limiting your sales. As a business person, it makes no sense at all to me.