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Getting Started

# What is the purpose of eBooksAreForever?
# If I sell my titles through eBooksAreForever, do I still own my rights?
# Can I sell my ebooks for more than the stated price?
# I’m already distributing my titles on Overdrive. Will selling through EAF affect my account?
# I’m enrolled in KDP Select. Will selling through eBooksAreForever affect that?
# It appears eBooksAreForever is currently invitation-only. Can I recommend fellow authors/publishers?
# Libraries can share between multiple branches, but I’ll only make a single sale. Is that right?
# Is exclusivity ever required to join eBooksAreForever?
# Can I use both a third-party distributor and EAF concurrently?

What is the purpose of eBooksAreForever?

To offer a large, curated collection of ebooks to every library in North America, at a fair and sustainable price, where the library owns the ebook forever and authors and publishers make great, ongoing royalties.

If I sell my titles through eBooksAreForever, do I still own my rights?

Yes. And you can opt out at anytime for any reason, though all sales are final. Meaning, if you sell a title to a library, they keep that title.

Can I sell my ebooks for more than the stated price?

During the current Beta period, we are keeping all prices for novels set to a pre-established level. Currently, that price is $7.99 for novels, and $3.99-$4.99 for all shorter works, including essays, short stories, novellas, etc. We offer uniform pricing because many libraries buy our entire collection, and we want that collection to be both affordable and easy to navigate during the purchasing process.

However, as we move out of the Beta period and expand our offerings, we will be looking at different pricing structures. It is of great important to us that we create a sustainable platform for both libraries, as well as for publishers & authors.

I’m already distributing my titles on Overdrive. Will selling through EAF affect my account?

Distributing your titles through Overdrive won’t affect your ability to also distribute through eBooksAreForever. However, libraries will most likely not re-purchase titles if they have already licensed them through Overdrive. We are actively working to persuade libraries to purchase titles - and keep them forever - through our service, instead of continually licensing ebooks at higher prices from other services. This would undoubtably help library budgets go further.

I’m enrolled in KDP Select. Will selling through eBooksAreForever affect that?

We strive for complete clarity and disclosure, so if you’d like anin-depth answer, let us know at support@ebooksareforever.com and we’ll be more than happy to discuss any current and future issues.

It appears eBooksAreForever is currently invitation-only. Can I recommend fellow authors/publishers?

Yes. Before opening up to the public, we’re going to hand-pick the titles we’re selling, and referrals are welcome. You can contact us by clicking here to give us your thoughts.

Libraries can share between multiple branches, but I’ll only make a single sale. Is that right?

Yes. The fight for authors and publishers moving forward is going to be for readers’ attention. Right now, very few independent authors are able to directly access and market to the millions of readers that borrow from libraries on a regular basis.

Our goal is to change that.

And in helping libraries move forward into the digital space more effortlessly, we hope to build a relationship that drives more of those readers to the books and authors that we offer. So, the better question is: how valuable are the millions of potential readers that you could be accessing right now?

However, what we actually do is make your books available to libraries in the current popular ebook formats, as well as help them convert copies to any future formats that don’t exist yet. During the beta period, all sales will be on a “1 copy - 1 use” basis, meaning that a single sale into a library only allows one patron to read the book at a certain time. In this way, ebooks act in the exact same way as physical books within the library system.

But as we move forward, we’ll be working to add better discounts and unlimited use purchasing as additional options to libraries. We’ll be working to provide libraries and their patrons with better options that minimize queues and bad user experiences.

Is exclusivity ever required to join eBooksAreForever?

No exclusivity is ever required.

And, since we’re still in a beta period, our advice would be to continue to distribute through other library specific channels, if you have access to them. As we grow, we believe our pricing model will earn authors far more royalties, even with fewer overall sales, when compared to any of the other market competitors. But even after we demonstrate that to be true, we will still never require exclusivity.

Can I use both a third-party distributor and EAF concurrently?

​Yes, you can use a distribution service - for example, through your agent - while also using EAF to reach our library customers as well. We never ask for exclusivity, and this falls under that umbrella.


Beta

# What does “Beta Testing” period mean?
# When will the beta period end?
# Are there any differences we should know about during the beta?

What does “Beta Testing” period mean?

​For us, “beta testing” just means we haven’t officially launched with full usability yet.

Initially, EAF was being developed as a “closed beta”, meaning we were testing the features behind closed doors with only select libraries and authors. Earlier this year, we opened the service to all indie authors who wished to add their books to the collection. However, we are still actively working with our initial library partners to ensure that, when we officially launch for all libraries in North America, we’ll be delivering features that both authors and librarians want to see.

When will the beta period end?

The beta period will end when we officially launch, which is tentatively set for late summer, early fall of 2015. We’re in the final steps of finalizing both our APIs for easy library integration and patron apps for easy reading.

Are there any differences we should know about during the beta?

​The one feature that will immediately change upon launch pertains to author/publisher payments. Currently, we’re only making payments once the amount reaches $100.00 USD (as stated in the Publisher Terms and Conditions). We realize this isn’t ideal - and we’ve made payments of lesser amounts in the past, and will most likely do so again - but before we fully launch, we’re subject to higher payment fees than we will be after the launch, when we make payments directly into bank accounts.

After launch, we will make monthly - and possibly even bi-weekly - payments, regardless of the amount being held in your account.

Additionally, reporting will be improved after launch to better display where your books are being purchased, and how readers are borrowing and interacting within the patron apps.


Account

# How do I add titles to the eBooksAreForever library marketplace?
# Can I upload “permafree” ebooks?
# How do I edit an uploaded title in my account?
# Should I remove vendor-specific back matter in my ebooks before uploading?
# Is there a deadline to upload after account approval?
# During upload, what is the difference between Description and Blurb?
# May I upload titles that weren’t discussed during the approval process?
# May I upload titles published under a pen name?

How do I add titles to the eBooksAreForever library marketplace?

Sign up and apply for an Author/Publisher Account. You’ll receive an approval or denial email within 24-48 hours.

Currently, we’re only considering requests if you’ve sold more than 1000 ebooks and have received more than 100 reviews on your backlist titles.

However, during the current beta period, even if you meet that criteria, we’ll only be accepting about 10% of the authors and publishers that apply to add titles to the collection. To finish all necessary testing before our official launch, we need to control both quality and quantity of titles, as well as the number of titles per genre. There are various factors that go into the curation process, of which number of reviews, estimated sales figures, cover art, and book description are just a few.

eBooksAreForever will always reserve the right to make all final decisions on the books we offer to libraries.

Can I upload “permafree” ebooks?

​The short answer is yes, absolutely.

The term “permafree” refers to ebooks that authors and publishers purposely set as permanently free for readers on the various retail sites like Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or Kobo. There are myriad of reasons why an author may choose to set an ebook to be free, including series lead-ins, introduction to back catalog titles, or to increase overall readership; the results vary wildly but many authors have found success through this route.

However, it’s important to note that this represents a pricing strategy for the consumer marketplace and has little to do with the library ebook marketplace. Consumer strategies do not equal library distribution strategies. Whether or not you have a permafree title available to readers will have no bearing on if that same title is available to patrons of a given library. For library patrons, all ebooks are permafree, which is one of the things that make libraries so awesome.

How do I edit an uploaded title in my account?

From within your account area, click on the “My Books” tab. From there, select the book you’d like to change or update. On the Book Details page, you’ll have the option to view, edit, or delete the book you’ve selected.


Should I remove vendor-specific back matter in my ebooks before uploading?

From our experience, libraries really want authors and publishers to succeed - another thing that makes this marketplace so amazing. Thankfully, libraries don’t see readers as zero-sum, and recent study by Library Journal found “that over 50% of all library users report purchasing books by an author they were introduced to in the library”.

For those reasons, we believe that you could benefit from crafting an individual experience for library patrons, where the front and back matter of your ebooks is specific to the borrower experience. However, it’s absolutely not required. If you prefer to use your back matter to push borrowers to your other books via Amazon, then go for it. If instead, you value email address sign-ups, then that’s great too. Do what works best for you.

Libraries can be a great place to find new readers and grow your fan base. If using your back matter to do that is an option, then both EAF and libraries are more than ok with it.

Is there a deadline to upload after account approval?

​After your Author/Publisher Account is approved, there’s no deadline on when you need to upload titles.

When we move from the current Beta period on to the full launch, orders from libraries will increase. The way in which we interact with libraries means, even if a library purchases content in June and you plan to upload in July, we’ll continue to stay in touch with that library to alert them of new content. They’ll simply return after you upload titles and buy everything added since their last purchase.

During upload, what is the difference between Description and Blurb?

The Blurb is what we pass to libraries as the meta description when they ingest your titles into their catalog. This can be thought of as the short description in which you tease the plot of your ebook.

The Description would be full explanation of your ebook in general; the long version.

The reason we include both is because some authors and publishers like to compile their descriptions with reviews, lists of other books, etc. Because of cataloging and metadata structure, libraries don’t really want all of that additional information in their catalog description, so we gave authors both options. It’s simply a short and long description.

May I upload titles that weren’t discussed during the approval process?

​Feel free to upload anything that you have the rights to. If you feel libraries and their patrons would be interested in the content, then add it to your account.

At EAF, we approve each and every book on an individual basis. Sometimes, this means that one of your titles doesn’t fit with the curated nature of our collection; this is rare, but it has happened. We may reject a certain book, but you can still have it active in your dashboard for future approval. This eases the need to re-upload rejected titles at a future date.

May I upload titles published under a pen name?

At EAF, we approve each and every book on an individual basis. Sometimes, this means that one of your titles doesn’t fit with the curated nature of our collection; this is rare, but it has happened. We may reject a certain book, but you can still have it active in your dashboard for future approval.

The same thing is true for pen names. When we invite an author, we may or may not be aware of pen names. For this reason, please feel free to add the pen name to your account, and upload relevant titles. We’ll include those books in the same approval process as the ones uploaded under your main author name.


Royalty Payments

# What royalty rate does eBooksAreForever offer?
# Do you only pay out royalties through PayPal?

What royalty rate does eBooksAreForever offer?

All authors & publishers who are accepted and join eBooksAreForever will receive 70% royalties on all sales made to libraries.

Do you only pay out royalties through PayPal?

Currently, yes, but this is temporary during the Beta phase of eBooksAreForever. We’re busy building a solution that will pay out royalties to authors and publishers directly into any desired account. We also feel that bi-annual royalty payments are egregious, so we’re planning monthly - and possibly even bi-weekly - payments. If you have questions or comments to add in this regard, feel free to contact us with any input.


General

# You cryptically mentioned that ebooks in libraries will eventually earn authors money forever. How?

You cryptically mentioned that ebooks in libraries will eventually earn authors money forever. How?

We’ll reveal that soon. If you’d like to know more, contact us.