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Draft2Digital Now Distributes To The Tolino Alliance. Smashwords Beginning To Look Jaded.

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Draft2Digital just took another leap ahead of Smashwords as it introduced the Tolino Alliance stores to its repertoire.

Regulars will know we’ve waxed lyrical about Tolino many times. It’s an alliance of ebook retailers in several countries – Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Belgium – with a collective market share heading towards 45% in Germany, which puts it ahead of Amazon.

Germany is the biggest western book market after the US (ebooks not so much, but coming on fast) and the biggest English-language market after the UK. Yes, bigger than Canada and Australia!

Most indies haven’t seen much action in Germany because most indies are only there through Amazon, Apple and Kobo. Meantime the Tolino stores have been mopping up sales.

Now, thanks to D2D, your E-L titles can be in the Tolino stores across Europe. A full post on the latest with Tolino soon.

Throw in territorial pricing, monthly payments, great reports and a very smooth interface that you can upload scripts direct to and get a tolerable epub conversion (not recommended – it won’t win any prizes – but far easier than going through the Meatgrinder) and it’s yet another reason to make D2D your primary aggregator.

Smashwords still has some irons in the fire. Flipkart, Txtr and the OverDrive library catalogue for example. But where they overlap then, unless you already selling well through Smashwords (in which case a move would lose your momentum), it really would make sense to focus on D2D and use Smashwords as the secondary means of distribution.

Congrats to D2D for reaching out to Tolino. Google Play next, guys? That would really set you a world apart from the rest.

Smashwords maybe the biggest indie outlet right now, but for how much longer?

And Ebook Partnership, another of your jewels has just been stolen. You really need to move to a pay-as-you-sell model. The USPs you still have, great as they are, simply do not justify the annual fees anymore.

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NINE of the Top 500 Ebooks on Kindle Germany are English Language.

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On Kindle Germany today English-language ebooks are hovering just outside the top 100 in store.

John Green’s English-language version of The Fault In Their Stars – which was in the top 40 in store over on Kindle Brazil yesterday – is at 108, and there are today a total of NINE English-language ebooks in the top 500.

Bear in mind Amazon has only 40% of the German ebook market and other ebook stores in Germany (of which there are too many to count) will also be selling English-language ebooks to eager readers.

In fact many domestic German ebook stores go out of their way to cater for the lucrative English-language ebook market in Germany.

Check out Bild.de, where you’ll find a very prominent section devoted entirely to English-language ebooks.

Bild.de is one of the seven Tolino Alliance ebook stores in Germany, all oh which are great places to be selling your English-language titles

Ciando go one step further. They have two central ebook sites – one in German, and one in English.

Ciando is a significant German player and powers a large number of white-label stores across Europe, many of which could be carrying your ebooks.

There are plenty more domestic German ebook stores, and of course the big US retailers are there alongside Amazon – Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and even Nook (albeit only with a Windows 8 app right now). And then there are the smaller international players like Smashwords, Blio, Versent, All-Romance/OmniLit, eBook.com and myriad others who also sell ebooks to Germany.

The German ebook market is just beginning its ascent, so there’s plenty of first-time readers making the transition to digital, and many will be wary and looking for the less-expensive titles.

For this reason the German ebook market is particularly lucrative for savvy indies. German book-pricing rules mean the big publishers – and Amazon – are limited as to how much they can discount. It means trad-pubbed titles are generally a lot more expensive than indie titles – one reason indies dominate the Kindle Germany charts right now.

On several occasions this year the entire Kindle top ten have been indie titles, and as many as half the top 100 ebooks on Kindle Germany have been self-published.

Check out the images Bild choose to use to illustrate their English-language sector.

While most of the world associate English with America nowadays, Germany clearly still understands that the language is called English for a reason. British writers and others who set their works in the UK might find an especially warm welcome among German readers, many of whom will have learned the language on exchange trips to Blighty.

For all these reasons we rank Germany – along with India and Indonesia – as the top three most exciting nascent ebook markets. Countries where savvy indies should be working hard now to sow the seeds for rewards to come as these markets mature.

And for those who do take us seriously with all this (yes, both of you!) here’s our Top Ten Most Exciting Nascent Ebook Market Prospects:

Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Poland, Brazil, Philippines, Sweden, Russia and Nigeria.

 

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On Kindle Germany today English-language ebooks are hovering just outside the top 100 in store.

 

John Green’s English-language version of The Fault In Their Stars – which was in the top 40 in store over on Kindle Brazil yesterday – is at 108, and there are today a total on NINE English-language ebooks in the top 500.

 

Bear in mind Amazon has only 40% of the German ebook market and other ebook stores in German stores (of which there are too many to count) will also be selling English-language ebooks to eager readers.

 

In fact many domestic German ebook stores go out of their way to cater for the lucrative English-language ebook market in Germany.

 

Check out Bild.de, where you’ll find a very prominent section devoted entirely to English-language ebooks – http://ebooks.bild.de/rubrik/start/englische-buecher/012803/.

 

Here’s one of Jim Giammatteo’s non-fiction titles in Bild – http://ebooks.bild.de/shop/fachbuecher/no-mistakes-resumes-how-to-get-the-interview-ebook-epub/giammatteo-giacomo/products_products/detail/prod_id/40511028/ – and yes, all his fiction titles are there too.

 

And for those who judge a man by the company he keeps, here’s Tom Winton in Bild – http://ebooks.bild.de/shop/belletristik/second-chance-in-paradise-ebook-epub/winton-tom/products_products/detail/prod_id/40556275/.

 

Bild.de is one of the seven Tolino Alliance ebook stores in Germany. Here’s Jim in the wonderfully-named Hugendubel store – http://www.hugendubel.de/shop/belletristik/a-bullet-for-carlos-ebook-epub/giammatteo-giacomo/products_products/detail/prod_id/40511031/.

 

Thalia is another big Tolino store. Here’s Mr. Winton in Thalia – http://www.thalia.de/shop/de_ebook_start/suchartikel/second_chance_in_paradise/tom_winton/ISBN1-78301-366-4/ID39514647.html?fftrk=2%3A2%3A10%3A10%3A1&jumpId=3948792.

 

All seven Tolino stores will be carrying Jim’s and Tom’s ebooks, along with myriad other German ebook stores, all of which love English-language titles because so many German’s enjoy reading in English.

 

Ciando go one step further. They have two central ebook sites – one in German, and one in English. Here’s Tom Winton in the English-language Ciando site in Germany – http://www2.ciando.com/ebook/bid-1502212-four-days-with-hemingway-s-ghost/

and here’s the same book in the German language Ciando store – http://www.ciando.com/ebook/bid-1502212-four-days-with-hemingway-s-ghost/.

 

Jim’s not in Ciando (yet) but it’s worth checking out. Ciando is a significant German player and powers a large number of white-label stores across Europe, many of which could be carrying your ebooks.

 

There are plenty more domestic German ebook stores, and of course the big US retailers are there alongside Amazon – Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and even Nook (albeit only with a Windows 8 app right now). And then there are the smaller international players like Smashwords, Blio, Versent, All-Romance/OmniLit, eBook.com and myriad others who also sell ebooks to Germany.

 

The German ebook market is just beginning its ascent, so there’s plenty of first-time readers making the transition to digital, and many will be war and looking for the less-expensive titles.

 

For this reason the German ebook market is particularly lucrative for savvy indies. German book-pricing rules mean the big publishers – and Amazon – are limited as to how much they can discount. It means trad-pubbed titles are generally a lot more expensive than indie titles – one reason indies dominate the Kindle Germany charts right now.

 

On several occasions this year the entire Kindle top ten have been indie titles, and as many as half the top 100 ebooks on Kindle Germany have been self-published.

 

I rank Germany – along with India and Indonesia – as the top three most exciting nascent ebooks. Countries where savvy indies should be working hard now to sow the seeds for rewards to come as these markets mature.

 

And for those who do take me seriously with all this (yes, both of you!) here’s my Top Ten Most Exciting Nascent Ebook Market Prospects.

 

Germany, India, Indonesia, China, Poland, Brazil, Philippines, Sweden, Russia and Nigeria.