I was all excited when B&N debuted in the UK. It’s a savvy move that should have taken place sooner. But hey! Now it’s here!
Color me disappointed when I went to my PubIt dashboard for my self-published work and saw the rights choices. You can only pick one:
- US and Canada
- US only
Well, rats. This means the only way you can get onto B&N UK is if you have Worldwide rights to your book. That means I cannot put Scandal, Indiscreet, Not Wicked Enough or Not Proper Enough on sale there. Berkley has North American rights to those books.
I emailed PubIt and explained how excited I was at being able to get my books onto the UK site and my disappointment at learning Worldwide rights were required. I pointed out that many, many authors are in my situation. They emailed back promptly, but only reiterated the rights limitations I’d already pointed out and did not say a word about whether they intended to remedy the situation.
So, alas, UK readers who buy a Nook, I have 4 books I should be able to sell to you for your Nook, but cannot until B&N wakes up and smells the coffee.
This weekend, I met up with some friends, including writer Rachael Herron who had just bought a Kobo Mini. It was so cute! It was only $79! If you buy it from your local independent, they get a cut of the books you buy!
So, guess what?
I went to my local Indie bookstore where I found the book I wanted to get my mother for her birthday, and I bought a Kobo Mini.
Unlike B&N, I can get all my books on sale at Kobo wherever I have those rights.
But I do have a criticism, and that is that the Kobo search feature is seriously effed up. Really, really messed up. The word “dysfunctional” does not begin to cover it. Wow.
Nevertheless, I plowed through whackadoodle search results and bought some of my books (RESEARCH! But also important technology acquisition) and one or two others not by me. Nice.
Rachael, the crafty woman, had already made her Kobo Mini a pouch– it matched her dress, for eff’s sake. I am not crafty like that. So I put my Kobo Mini in the pouch given to me by author Olivia Gates. So, mine is also hand-made (just not by me) AND it’s from Egypt. It is very stylish.