Collection Update - December

Collection Update - December

​With 2014 coming to an end, we wanted to take a moment to talk about how the Curated Collection is set to grow in December, and what the next few months will look like on eBooksAreForever.

First, the month is shaping up to be a great one for new content. Just a few of the amazing titles we’re adding are:

  • More additions from New Adult author H.M. Ward
  • Bella Andre’s Sullivans series
  • Steven Konkoly’s Black Flagged series and Perseid Collapse series
  • Multiple series from Daniel Arenson, including Dawn of Dragons, The Moth Saga, and Dragonlore
  • Cheryl Bradshaw’s Sloane Monroe series
  • Paul Draker’s New Year Island
  • Ava Miles’s Dare Valley and Dare River series
  • David Leadbeater’s Matt Drake series

All of those books will be added soon. We’re also working to add an outstanding collection of SciFi monthlies that we think your patrons will love.

As always, if there are any specific books or authors you’d like to see added, don’t hesitate to post a comment to this post or to contact us directly. We work hard to negotiate directly with authors and publishers so you don’t have to.

Moving into the new year, our focus is on continuing to grow this Curated Collection for libraries. We’ll be coming out of the beta phase and officially launching soon, so along with adding titles from the best indie authors, we’ll also begin offering curated titles from some of the best small publishing houses from around the country.

We’ll have more information for you soon, but we’re very excited about the first batch of publishers, which should start adding content over the next few weeks.

Let us know your thoughts. More coming shortly.

Curated Content

Curated Content

​One of the more important issues that we deal with as we continue to grow EAF is the need for our collection to be curated.

For Libraries:

This means that you’ll have direct input into what our collection becomes.

We’ve already had examples where acquisition professionals at libraries have pointed out individual authors they’d love to see added. We immediately contact that author and attempt to quickly add their titles to EAF. So far, we’ve been very successful at accomplishing this.

It can’t be overstated how much time and energy this could save you. It’s no secret that the process of reaching out to each indie author or publisher, beyond being both difficult and tedious, is simply not sustainable; we hope to provide a solution to that problem.

Additionally, having a curated collection of popular indie titles at sustainable pricing models, all of which can be purchased with minimal effort, allows libraries to tap into ebook content that they’ve been unable to access until now. The ebooks offered by EAF are ones that consumers are purchasing every day, in great numbers, and offering them to your patrons is now simple and affordable.

For Authors:

A large amount of the emails and questions we receive are on the topic of curation and vetting. This is to be expected and, in a perfect world, curation wouldn’t be necessary. In fact, both myself and Joe Konrath (as co-founders) believe that curation is completely unnecessary in the consumer space. Putting up walls (like some indies are familiar with) and falsifying “best-seller” lists to limit consumer access to certain titles is simply wrong.

But the important thing that we need to continue to convey is that the consumer marketplace and library marketplace are two different entities. There are many things that would be expected when it comes to Amazon/B&N/Kobo/Apple/etc that just don’t work the same way for libraries. Mostly, this is due to the fact that the consumer reader market is growing, where as library budgets are shrinking – and they’re shrinking while ebook prices are continuing to climb for them. We’re dealing with far more limitations and completely different needs.

So before we can service a huge number of indie authors, we have to supply a set idea of where things will go. That’s what we’re doing right now.

We believe - and libraries have requested - that we need to control both quality and quantity of titles, as well as the number of titles per genre. We can’t go to launch with 80% of our titles being mystery titles, or romance titles; which may lead to someone who passes all of the internal criteria we’ve set being temporarily denied at this point. Being denied access now doesn’t mean you’ll be denied in 2 weeks, or 2 months. Overall, there are various factors that go into the curation process, of which number of reviews, quality of reviews, number of titles, whether your books are in a series, estimated sales figures, cover art, book description, current genre saturation, library interest, and overall availability are just a few.

This is an ongoing concept and one that will most likely change and evolve as we grow. Please feel free to reach out to us directly, and check back for updates as we move forward.

Update - October

Update - October

A quick update to end the month and let everyone know what’s happening.

Over the next few days, we’ll begin inviting and accepting accounts from many new authors. We’re elated to be adding such great new authors, and look forward to the continued curation of our entire collection. If you’re a librarian and would like to be involved in this ongoing process, the first place to start is our dedicated Curated Content post.

With the new changes, authors and publishers who have previously made sales through eBooksAreForever will receive emails verifying their accounts on the new system. You may also be prompted to add required information. We will quickly be adding new features, but if you see something missing, or would like to leave feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

When the new site goes live, we’ll open the beta to all authors and publishers who would like to be accepted to the collection. We’ll post a larger, more detailed update in the next few days.

How to Add Your eBooks

How to Add Your eBooks

Adding eBooks to the eBooksAreForever curated collection is simple.

Step 1

Register for an author/publisher account. After completing the short sign-up form, we will review your books and back catalog, and promptly approve or deny your application.

During this current beta period of eBooksAreForever, we will need to actively control everything from the number of authors and number of libraries participating, to the diversity of titles in each genre. What this means is your application may be denied now, but could be approved 30 days (or even 3 days) later.

Step 2

After your account has been approved, you will receive an email informing you to begin uploading your books. Login to your account, and start adding titles under the “My Books” tab. We’ve included a few features that make adding books fast and simple.

Much in the same way that we need to control author accounts on a case-by-case basis, we are also currently approving titles individually. Most titles from approved authors will be automatically approved. However, we reserve the right to keep an uploaded title as “Pending” or mark it “Denied” for a number of reasons during this beta period.

Step 3

We’ll take care of the rest, while you start collecting royalties and increasing your fan base to library patrons all over the country.

If you have any other questions about the upload process, the best place to find answers is in the Account section of the Author Support Thread.

Collection Update - August

Collection Update - August

For this month’s Collection Update, we’ve added a few additional titles, plus we have some news about what the next few weeks on eBooksAreForever will look like for authors and libraries.

First, we’ve added another handful of titles from popular Romance authors H.M. Ward and Barbara Freethy. Many of you have asked for a drastic increase in indie romance authors, and we’re working to facilitate these additions as soon as possible. If you have any authors you’d like to specifically see added, simply drop a comment below or contact us and we’ll work to get them added as soon as possible.

Likewise, we’ve responded to numerous emails from authors wondering why their accounts have yet to be approved. I’d like to take a few minutes to update you on where we’re at and what we’re planning for the coming weeks and months.

As of late July, we have temporarily close the beta to additional authors. This has everything to do with what we have coming.

For the next few weeks, we are turning our attention to what can only be described as eBooksAreForever 2.0. Up until this point, we’ve had a lot of hands-on interaction with authors and librarians, especially during the ebook upload process. We’ve been using Dropbox to house files and then manually upload/update those files when needed. This has worked fine as we’ve learned what librarians want, and how to deliver the best acquisition service possible. But this was process was always going to be improved upon.

That’s what we are focusing on right now. When finished, you’ll be able to login, add and update all of your titles, view and download royalty reports, and see what libraries have purchased your books. We’ll be reaching out to a few of you to help us test the new platform when ready.

Once we have this new build in place, we’ll open up the Beta to all authors who would like to apply to add titles. When approved, you’ll be able to easily control every aspect of your account.

We’ll be adding more updates over the coming weeks, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.