Booktango Distribution and Retailer FAQ
 
 

Selling and Retail Info

Where will my e-book be available for purchase?

EVERYWHERE . . . ALMOST 

Once your e-book has been formatted, we’re here to help you distribute it to online retailers. We work with some of the largest online bookstores and distributors, and each partner maintains a very dynamic list within its network to ensure your e-book can reach a wide online audience.

During the final publishing process, you will have the opportunity to choose from a list of our distribution partners. In addition to the Booktango bookstore, you can select the entire list or only a select few online retailers and Booktango will take care of the rest. But, please understand that each channel or retailer reserves the right to refuse listing.

The wide range of major online retailers and distributors includes the following*:

  • Amazon
  • Apple*
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Google
  • Kobo

* Retailers reserve the right to accept or deny content for availability.
*Apple doesn't support the following foreign languages in e-books:

Amharic
Arabic
Burmese
Central Khmer
Chinese
Hebrew
Japanese
Judeo-Arabic
Judeo-Persian
Lao
Mon-Khmer languages
Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
Persian
Persian, Old
Samaritan Aramaic

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When will my e-book show up in the online stores?

ABOUT ONE DAY TO FOUR WEEKS  GIVE OR TAKE

We have seen e-books appear on online retailer's sites in as little as one day, but it will likely take approximately two to four weeks after your book is formatted for your e-book to appear on retail websites. However, each retailer operates on a different schedule which we do not control. It could show up sooner, or it could take a little longer. 

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What exactly is on my Booktango personalized bookstore page?

VARIOUS ITEMS

As a published author, your title will have its own Web page in the Booktango bookstore. Anyone can visit the bookstore and purchase copies of your book. On your page we will display the front cover of your book, marketing copy and an excerpt from your book to entice potential book buyers. You select all the text you want displayed on this page.

 

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Can I make changes to my e-book's bookstore marketing copy, such as the overview and about the author?

YES

You can update your e-book summary, free preview, about the author and genre. (To update your title, subtitle or author name, you'll need to create a new e-book.) Simply click the button to unlock your e-book in the Dashboard, make the change, and resubmit your e-book. The change will show up in online bookstores in one day to four weeks, depending on the retailer.

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What is the difference between a channel or retail sale and a Booktango sale?  

DIFFERENT ROYALTY 

When a book is sold through the Booktango website, it is considered a Booktango sale. A retail, or "channel sale," is when the book is sold through any retailer other than Booktango (like Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com). Your book selling price must be the same for both Booktango and retail sales, but you will earn a different royalty amount depending on the type of sale. See the “How much royalty do I earn for each e-book I sell?” FAQ for more information on why this is true.

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Can I cancel my e-book after it's published? Will it be removed from retail sites?

YES & YES

Should you decide to cancel your e-book, get in contact with the Booktango team, and let us know.  

Once we cancel your title, the e-book will be removed from the Booktango bookstore within 48 hours and will be taken off other retailer sites within three weeks' time (retailers update their bookstores on their own schedule, which we do not control).

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Why isn't my e-book in Apple's iBookstore?

VARIOUS REASONS 

It can take up to three months for your book to appear in the iBookstore. If your book is still not available after that period of time, it is possible that Apple did not accept your content. Apple may choose to deny content due to typos, poor editing, poor formatting or subject matter.

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How does my book get on the best-seller list?

BOOKTANGO BOOKSTORE SALES

Our best-seller list represents books sold during the previous one or two months on the Booktango bookstore. Books sold through another retailer, like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, aren't taken into account for this list.

NOTE: The list is sorted by publish date, not by quantity sold.

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Will I see my book on the New Releases list immediately after it's published?

YOU'LL SEE IT ON THE LIST, BUT NOT IMMEDIATELY

Our new releases list is updated once a month. You can expect to see your newly published e-book on this list about a month after it's available for purchase through the Booktango bookstore.

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How can I get my book featured on the main bookstore page?

IMPRESS US

Featured booksbooks we love, featured author and our noteworthy titles are chosen by us. We choose these books based on any number of factors, including the following: marketability of a book (the book cover, title, and content); author's platform or buzz; current events, seasons or themes; popularly of a title; or just because we like it. We don’t take requests or bribes, so create an impressive, marketable e-book, and you just might see it on the bookstore homepage.

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How do I sideload my Mobi e-book file onto my Kindle Fire?

SIDELOADING KINDLE FIRE WITH ACCESS TO A COMPUTER (EASIEST):

1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Fire to a computer.
2. Download the e-book file on your computer.
3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
4. Drag the e-book file from the computer to the Kindle Fire Books directory.
5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Fire’s “Books” tab.

SIDELOADING USING ONLY THE KINDLE FIRE:

1. Download the e-book file to the Kindle Fire using either the browser or via email.
2. Download and install a file explorer program, such as ES File Explorer from Amazon APP market (it’s free).
3. Using the file explorer find the book file (it will be in the main Kindle directory) and copy it (press and hold the icon until the sub-menu pops up).
4. Go to the “Books” folder.
5. Paste the file (with ES Explorer you will need to select “Operations,” then hit paste).
6. Power Kindle Fire off and back on.
7. Book should be in the Books tab.

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