International Insights: Kobo

( See this post on how indies can enjoy rewards from global book fairs).

Asia Pacific: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

The United States site has some promotions the same, however with an Oprah Book Club Pick, no Kobo Plus, a 3 for US$ 15 audiobook promo, and a 200 ebooks under $2 promo. On Kobo India we see the prices in rupees of course, and sections like Latest In Sports and Popular in Indian Languages. Kobo South Africa?

Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard.

Finally in the meantime, a reminder that Kobo Writing Life is available in Italian and French as well as English, and even if we ourselves go to Kobo via an aggregator, we ought to take time out to frequently go to Kobo Writing Life France and Kobo Writing Life Italy to see what Kobo depends on in other countries.

Oct 30-31 (India) Delhi Book Fair online.

Oct 1-4 Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka online.

Heres a call out to you, the reader, or maybe our friends at the various aggregators. Please do submit additional information or corrections in comments so we can update the list as we go forward.

As well soon see, Kobo is larger in the US than we may think, and beyond the United States borders Kobo is in truth a treasure trove for the internationalist indie ready to step outside the shadow of Amazon.

Today, even though Im in West Africa, Im taking a look at Kobo Canada where the Kobo Plus subscription service is an option. Its likewise an option in the Netherlands, where it is preferred, and is anticipated to introduce in France soon.

Heres the complete list of Kobo international markets where some level of localisation is on deal.

New Zealand– PaperPlus.

Sep 26 (China– all year) Smart Beijing International Book Fair online.

Nov 24-30 (Philippines) Manila International Book Fair online.

Oct 2-18 (Spain) Madrid Book Fair online.

For English-language authors there are routine promotion opportunities provided straight through Kobo Writing Life and also via some aggregators. You ought to see a promos button in your Kobo Writing Life dashboard.

If you missed our intro series to worldwide book markets, you can read them here: Africa, India and China markets in Asia, the Middle East North Africa markets, the Ibero-America markets, the Asia-Pacific markets and the European markets, and likewise a special edition on the English-language markets

As noted previously in this post, marketing features tend to be focused on a handful of countries– the United States, UK, Canada and Australia and New Zealand. If enough indies show interest the business might seriously think about broadening its promotions beyond the usual suspects.

All importantly for us, our indie titles with world rights ticked will be offered nearly literally worldwide, making Kobo the most worldwide by far of all the Big 5 retail gamers.

Whichs before we consider the Kobo partner stores, which come as a perk in addition to the 39 localised shops formerly mentioned. Customers can also buy Kobo ebooks and audiobooks through more than 24 partner shops in the list below nations:.

A tip, in ending up here, that Kobo has wider reach for authors than Amazon, Apple and Google Play integrated. Take advantage of it

North America: USA and Canada.

Oct 30-Nov 9 (Algeria) Algiers International Book Fair online.

Sep 18-27 (Sri Lanka) Colombo International Book Fair in-person.

Oct 22-25 (Nigeria) Ake Arts & & Book Festival online.

Joanna Penn this month exposed she had offered ebooks in 155 countries just on Kobo, and other indies have actually been sharing similar tales. Well also see what promos Kobo is running for that particular country. The US site has some promotions the exact same, but with an Oprah Book Club Pick, no Kobo Plus, a 3 for US$ 15 audiobook promotion, and a 200 ebooks under $2 promo. Kobo Thailand and Kobo Malaysia for example show costs in US dollars and no localised material and is basically the same site we see if we check out Kobo from outside the 39 countries, utilizing the “Other” choice.

Philippines– National Book Store.

A whole post just for Kobo? The problem is, Kobo is related to by lots of indies as an afterthought, due to the fact that it is famously not a huge gamer in the United States. But as well quickly see, Kobo is bigger in the US than we may believe, and beyond the United States borders Kobo is in reality a gold mine for the internationalist indie happy to step outside the shadow of Amazon.

Joanna Penn this month exposed she had actually sold ebooks in 155 countries just on Kobo, and other indies have actually been sharing similar tales. By contrast there are only a handful of nations– North Korea for example– where Kobo is not accessible.

Africa and India (no, seriously, thats a group!): India South Africa.

Kobo is far more interesting than a lot of indies understand, and if we are just using it as an afterthought in our going global method then we are missing out on out big time.

English-speaking indies will likely have no concept, for example, that in France KWL has a POD choice for indies to get print books into among Frances most significant sellers, Fnac.

At the bottom of the page well find a dropdown menu to change countries if we head over to the Kobo retail website. That will take us to the “select your nation” page where we have the alternative to see and go to each localised shop how our titles look as seen by readers in that nation. This is disappointing and all at once interesting, providing us invaluable insights into Kobos worldwide strengths however likewise its worldwide weaknesses.

Kobo is available direct through Kobo Writing Life, and likewise by means of BookBaby, Draft2Digital, Ebook Partnership, PublishDrive, Smashwords, StreetLib, XinXii and others.

Nov 04-14 (UAE) Sharjah International Book Fair in-person.


Latin America: Brazil and Mexico.

The problem with this list is that as we dig deeper the localisation ends up being all however non-existent. Kobo Thailand and Kobo Malaysia for example program costs in United States dollars and no localised content and is basically the exact same site we see if we check out Kobo from outside the 39 countries, using the “Other” alternative. This takes us to the Kobo International website, which is essentially the Kobo United States website without any offers and just with titles that have world rights allowed.

Oct 1-4 (India) Delhi Book Fair.

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and UK.

For the next edition of the Alliance of Independent Authors International Insights hosted by Mark Williams of The New Publishing Requirement, were sticking with international book suppliers this week. Today focuses on Kobo..

Sep 22-27 (Georgia) Tbilisi International Book Fair in-person.

Scrolling down I experience the ebook offer of the day, an area highlighting books by black authors, the Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, New & & Hot in Kobo Plus, a 3 for CAD$ 15 promo, a promo for the indie-only Kobo Writing Life audiobook sale, an area for Canadian authors, an ebooks under CAD$ 5 promotion, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, and so on. No marvel Canadian readers like Kobo!


Up-coming International Book Fairs and Festivals.

Netherlands/Belgium– Bol.

By going to each country homepage we can see what the bestselling titles are in each country. Well also see what promotions Kobo is running for that particular nation. And we can check out how our own books compare in price to comparable titles. Do bear in mind that the $ symbol will be USD, CAD, NZD, SGD, etc, depending on the country).

ALLi keeps in mind on shops mentioned in this post:.

Oct 14-18 (Germany) Frankfurt Book Fair online.

We continue our look at indie global retailer reach today with a deep dive into Kobo. This follows on from our previous evaluation of Apple Books, Google Play Books and Nook here, and prior to that Amazon here.

Both KWL France and KWL Italy deal competitors and sponsor festivals in these nations, and for any of us who have actually invested in translations and are severe about these markets, following the regional KWL sites is a must. And from there, why not try connect with the local KWL operatives to attempt get our translations more presence?

Sep 28-Oct 7 Indonesia International Book Fair online.

Sep 24-26 (Kenya) Nairobi International Book Fair online.

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