Changes to Audiobook Distribution

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioThere are a lot of exciting things happening with regards to audiobook distribution and that will mean new links in 2019. There are two reasons for this: the first is that my relationship with Blackstone Audio, who has been distributing my audiobooks, is coming to an end on December 31st. The second reason is that my new distributor, Findaway Voices, distributes to more portals, both for consumers and for libraries.

• Apple.
My audiobooks have been available at Amazon, Audible and Apple since they were first recorded. That’s not going to change, although the link for each audiobook at Apple will be changing, probably in January. This is because my audiobooks will be delivered to Apple from Findaway instead of Audible and when a product comes from a different source, it gets a new product number.

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio• Kobo and Walmart, Nook Audio, GooglePlay
Once again, my audiobooks will continue to be available through these avenues, but will have new links in the new year.

• 24Symbols, Storytel, hibooks, Playster.
My audiobooks will also be available through these subscription services in 2019.

• Libraries.
My audiobooks will continue to be available at Downpour, although again, the links will change because they’ll be coming from a different source. They’ll also be available at Overdrive, Bibliotheca, EBSCO, Follett, 3LeafGroup, hoopla, Odila, Perma-bound, Wheelers and Baker & Taylor, all for libraries.

The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioOne of the very exciting features offered by Findaway Voices is publisher control over pricing – which means that I can set up an audiobook sale. I’ll tell you more about that in 2019 after everything shifts over.

Audiobook distribution is changing, but I think this is a good thing.

What’s Up With Nook?

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys, a digital bundle from Claire DelacroixSome of you have contacted me, asking about the delay in new book links at Nook. There’s a story behind this (of course!) and today, we’ll talk about it.

Once upon a time, in 2012 or 2013, when I first began to indie-publish, it wasn’t possible for authors outside the US to open an account to publish at Nook. As you know, I’m in Canada, but I wanted to make my books available to Nook readers. My New York agent agreed to make this possible, and we set up the account so I could publish my books there. At the time, I thought I would eventually return to traditional publishing and my relationship with my agent would continue. There also was talk that Nook would eventually open to non-US authors, so I planned to switch over the account when that happened.

Fast forward six years. My agent and I had less and less business to do together and finally, earlier this year, the last of the Dragonfire novels reverted to me and we had no business left to do together. I also had decided not to return to traditional publishing. I like being indie too much. 🙂 Since I’d heard nothing more about Nook opening to other authors, I began to distribute my books to B&N via an aggregator, replacing the Nook editions with Draft2Digital ones. This meant that the product numbers changed, which meant that the links to the product pages changed. It also meant that there wasn’t a specific Nook edition, with links to my other books at Nook inside each book.

You can guess what happened next. Just as the transition was nearly done – with the last of my books coming out of Kindle Unlimited and going into wide distribution again, all with new Nook links – Nook contacted me and asked me to be part of a beta-test for the opening of their portal to Canadian and Australian authors. Ha. Right now, we’re in the middle of that transition, but once it happens, my books will be published directly to Nook again and the old product numbers (and links) will be the good ones again. The books will also have Nook links inside again.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe other good thing is that I’ll also be able to make print editions available directly through Nook, which will offer better pricing on the trade paperbacks to Nook customers than is possible on the print editions coming from Ingrams. This mirrors what I do on Amazon already. The list price of the trade paperback of The Beauty Bride, for example, is $14.99 US at Ingrams. Because Amazon is distributing only to Amazon, the list price on their edition (which is the same but is published only to Amazon) is $9.99 US. B&N has discounted the $14.99 US Ingrams edition to $11.84 US in their online store, but when I publish it directly to B&N through the Nook portal, it will probably be $9.99 US. The upside of Ingrams is that they make books available in a lot of other stores, particularly in international markets. My print books at Indigo, for example, come from Ingrams. The upside of doing the Amazon-only edition and the B&N-only edition is that the consumer gets a better price.

So, if you are a Nook customer, please be a little patient. Good things are in the works!

New Links at Nook

I’m changing my distribution method for Nook, which means that the links at Nook have changed. All the books are still there, but you may encounter a dead link or two in your existing Nook editions.

A Duke By Any Other Name, #2 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire DelacroixThe book that is caught in the transition is A Duke by Any Other Name. It’s currently available for pre-order at Nook and a number of you have pre-ordered that edition. There are now two versions of A Duke available for pre-order at Nook: the one that will be disappearing is here and the new one is here. You can tell the difference between them because the link from Draft2Digital includes the series information in the title. It’s the D2D version that will remain available. If you have pre-ordered the first one but want to make sure you can receive updated files down the road, then please cancel that purchase and order the other version, the one from D2D.

I’ve cancelled the existing pre-order for The Runaway Bride at Nook. There will be a new link closer to the publication date.

I’ve also unpublished all of the print editions that were available through the NookPress portal. The Champions of St. Euphemia and the True Love Brides had print editions published directly there, but no longer. You’ll still be able to buy the Ingrams editions in B&N stores and online at Nook.

Thanks for your patience during this transition. Once it’s done, it will save me a lot of time, which means more time to write!