CD Baby, the music distribution site where indie musicians sold handy little compact disks in the late 90’s has entered the publishing scene, and the 21st century, with the launch of BookBaby, a book distribution site for independent authors.
To be fair, the parent company has already gone digital, partnering with online retailers including iTunes and Amazon to distribute some 300,000 independent albums from over 200,000 indie artists, with licensing and other DIY services to boot. And indie publishers could certainly learn a thing or two from the music industry.
BookBaby converts .doc, .html or .txt files into the open eBook format EPUB, which is industry standard and works on all e-reading devices including the iPad, Nook, Kindle and Sony Reader. The books are then distributed across the company’s retailer network, which includes Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony and, soon, Google. For $99 (marked down from $149 to promote the launch), it’s a pretty good deal. The authors keep 100% of their net sales revenue, which BookBaby pays out weekly.
“In just six months since our soft launch, BookBaby has established itself as THE destination for authors looking for a simple, comprehensive solution to their digital distribution needs,” said BookBaby president Brian Felsenin a statement. “We make it easy: our sign-up includes a free EPUB conversion to ensure your eBook is distributed to all of the largest retailers.”