Leading ebook distributor Draft2digital has seen a 30-fold increase in the intake of new books to its platform since last week’s news that aggregator Pronoun was shutting down and D2D had finally prised open the door to Kindle distribution.
D2D says the majority of its system is automated, and is built to scale up with the addition of new authors and new books, for conversions, distribution and other processes but there is bound to be some lag at present following the very sharp spike in incoming books for Amazon’s Kindle platform.
Pronoun revealed last week that it was closing down after its owner, traditional publisher Macmillan, admitted it couldn’t cope with the challenges of self-publishing.
Pronoun had attracted indie writers and publishers through its offer of ‘100% royalties’ (net of the retailer’s commission) but that business model proved to be unsustainable and Macmillan pulled the plug after taking over the firm just last year.
It was a bad week for ‘100% royalty’ distributors as Bonnier-owned Type & Tell also packed it in a mere eight months after launching in the UK.
Draft2digital says it is actively scanning through high-priority items to deal with support issues as quickly as possible and is working hard to accommodate all new users and new books that are coming in. D2D says any slowdowns in the process are temporary as it welcomes a growing community of authors and books.
The distribution options now available through Draft2digital include:
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo (including Kobo Plus)
- OverDrive (libraries)
- Inktera (previously Page Foundry)
You can get more details on how to distribute your ebooks through D2D at the Draft2digital website.