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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Self Publishing with Google Play

Last year I discovered that Dog Ear Publishing had, without my permission, published my book as an e-book on Google Play. I requested that it be removed as although I had hired Dog Ear to publish a printed version of my book several years ago, I was neither contacted by them, given the opportunity to view the file nor set the price for the e-book (which was listed at a considerably higher price than the $2.99 I typically sell my e-books for). I already have my books available on Smashwords and Amazon.

I later wondered if Google Play was worth looking into as an avenue for promoting my books and found a blog post that covers the process for self publishing an e-book with Google Play. The problem appears to be the discounting. Amazon will lower their price to whatever the lowest price you have your book listed for at other locations. If Google Play discounts your book price, then Amazon will follow suit. You can read the full blog post here. For now, I'll stick with Smashwords and Amazon.

Have you had any experience with Google Play? I'd be interested to hear your comments.

4 comments:

Leslie said...

Thanks for the tip. This year I am determined to finally finish a romance novel. I want to print them just for me. : ) I am not brave enough to share my works yet.

Cozy in Texas said...

Leslie, if you want to print it just for you, go through the process in CreateSpace and order a proof copy. The only difference is that the last page will say "proof". You don't actually have to offer it for sale on Amazon or other distribution areas until you're ready to.
Ann

Joanne said...

You are our pioneer in publishing. Sorry the Dog Ear experience really threw you into a lot of dark alleys, but I appreciate you sharing your troubles and solutions. It's a crazy world - publishing.

Cozy in Texas said...

Joanne, Experiences whether good or bad, let us make better decisions in the future. I've learned a lot about self publishing the past few years and hopefully have steered a few people away from pitfalls I came across. We've come a long way . . . Glad you've been taking this journey with me.
Ann