I have published about 18 eBooks at Booktango and Smashwords, but I am getting tired of the "technical issues" so I would like to know if anyone has any experience with another site, especially lulu.com.
Booktango and Smashwords are both ebook specialists. Lulu.com started as a POD publisher. So I'd be expecting Booktango/Smashwords would have fewer technical difficulties.
I've never struck any tehcnical difficulties with Smashwords, I don't think - what do you mean exactly?
I think there are technical issues wherever you go. But I normal start with kindle/createspace because that is where I make the most sales.
Doesn't Amazon also have an ebook app? I think they even take care of distribution to Barnes and Nobles and other books stores.
Amazon puts books on Amazon, they are not out to help the competition. No ebook platform is a complete piece of cake.
Booktango (even with the tech issues) still my favorite favorite. Easy to use platform and they distribute to the majority of distributors including Amazon,Barnes & Noble etc.
I would rather upload to Kindle Amazon myself, because when I checked out Booktango in 2012 you had to give Booktango 30%-40% of every sales, especially as they were so sneaky about hiding that they take this cut. So now I am not sure if their 'free' is really free.
My guess is that there are many hubs here that are about self-publishing (one might be mine) and you may find one or more of these helpful. The one I am most familiar with has a link to a PDF document that compares many POD sites, and talks about cutting out all middlemen, such a lulu, and keeping a lot more of your money because they all use the same provider, and you can, too.
I've done e-books on LULU and had no issues with them. And the e-books get their own ISBNs and are distributed to nook and iBookstore. Currently e-books published on LULU are not distributed to kindle. If you want your e-book on Amazon you have to publish the e-book with KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). I am not sure how to get an ISBN for the kindle book though.
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