Many authors wonder why we use Draft2Digital (D2D) in addition to KDP/Amazon for their ebooks. The simple answer is that we believe in wide distribution as opposed to exclusive distribution.
Amazon Distribution Model
Amazon has a KDP Select program focused on exclusive distribution to its Kindle platform. It offers certain perks, such as being paid by “Normalized Page Reads” (as well as for individual book sales) in exchange for authors agreeing to exclusive distribution through Amazon. KDP Select also feeds into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which allows readers to download ebooks from participating authors, as part of a monthly subscription.
Draft2Digital Distribution Model
Draft2Digital is a wide distribution platform, meaning it does not require authors to distribute to any given vendor. Authors maintain complete freedom to add or remove their books to D2D at will, keeping all their rights, and any royalties due from sales. D2D authors can distribute to any or all of their distribution channels.
Draft2Digital distributes ebooks to:
- Apple Books
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo (including Kobo Plus)
- Smashwords Store
- Baker & Taylor
- Palace Marketplace
One of the D2D features we like best is its dashboard. You can click on your book and immediately see where and when it has been distributed.
More About D2D Distribution Outlets
For those of you who want to know more about D2D’s outlets, there’s a short description of each one below:
Draft2Digital is proud to have Amazon in our ever-growing catalog of distributors. With Amazon’s Kindle platform, authors can distribute ebooks to dozens of international markets, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and more.
Apple Books is an amazing way to download and read books. With over 2 million books in its catalog, Apple Books is available in 51 countries around the world.
NOOK Media LLC is a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media, and educational products.
KOBO (Including Kobo Plus)
Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Kobo has quickly become a global leader in eReading, offering a world-class platform for the most passionate Readers. Their mission is to lead the global transformation in reading by inspiring people to read more and more often – anytime, anyplace, anywhere around the world. Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience to millions of users in 190 countries, offering one of the world’s largest catalogues.
The Smashwords Store is the destination for readers discovering the next breakout, bestselling indie authors. With nearly a million titles published from around the world by over 250,000 indie authors and publishers, there’s something for everyone in every genre imaginable.
Tolino A German Consortium, Tolino is a shared ebook platform consisting of five German retailers and tech companies (Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, and Deutsche Telekom). With retailers spread across 4 countries in central Europe and nearly 1,500 retail stores in Germany and 300 stores in other countries, Tolino gives authors tremendous access to the European market.
OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 38,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide.
Bibliotheca’s family distributes ebooks to over 70 countries and 30,000 unique libraries.
Scribd is the premier subscription reading service with more than a million ebooks, audiobooks and comics including New York Times bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners and reader favorites across every genre. Since launching in 2013, their readers have clocked more than 17 million hours of reading time across all genres.
Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, video and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers.
Hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, Hoopla digital builds on that passion by providing public libraries of all sizes the ability to offer patrons an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics to their patrons. For these libraries, we’ve pioneered a unique model that allows patrons to borrow content immediately, removing artificial availability constraints and maximizing the power of digital content and Internet distribution.
Vivlio is a French based company that was founded by industry professionals for industry professionals with the objective of building a credible European alternative to the dominant vendors in today’s market.
Bolinda digital is an innovative market leader and expert in the library and school markets, providing high quality electronic content through BorrowBox, its unique digital solution and service.
Bolinda, the parent company for BorrowBox, has been supplying public libraries with audio books and large print books for over 20 years. In 2003 Bolinda decided to take that range of product to consumers and in a very short period has managed to become the number one audio and large print brand in Australia.
Palace Marketplace, founded by Digital Public Library of America, a strategic partner of The Palace Project, is a non-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace developed in consultation with libraries, for libraries.