FAQ

Business model

PublishDrive delivers titles to more than 400 stores worldwide in Europe, US and Asia. Our stores include major ones, such as Apple, Google and Amazon, and local ebook retailers. PublishDrive is not just a solution for ebook distribution, but is the ERP for digital publishing with intelligent solutions for real time sales analytics, metadata management and marketing activities.

If you choose to publish only on KDP, your ebook will be available only at Amazon. Amazon’s share of the global ebook market is high, but on the long term, it is worth working with many stores, just to have more feet on the ground. According to our current sales numbers, Amazon contributes to 45% of the global ebook sales, while 55% happens elsewhere. We strongly advise you to publish your ebook in many other stores, such as Apple iBooks or Google Play and on new, subscription based platforms, such as Scribd. This way you can immediately reach billions of readers who have these apps preinstalled on their devices. Please note that the more stores your books appear in, the higher your SEO results and Google ranking will be, which can result in higher sales numbers.

PublishDrive:

  • automatically sells your ebooks in more than 400 stores. (But you are free to opt out from any of them anytime you want.)
  • uses a unique identifier (PUI) so you don’t have to apply for ISBN.
  • validates your metadata and epub files for all 400 stores worldwide.
  • collects and analyses all your sales data in real time.
  • consolidates sales reports.
  • manages the operative financials for you, including billing and collecting your money.
  • manages merchandising for ebooks.

For an extra fee, PublishDrive:

  • converts your files what you can download in PublishDrive.
  • fixes the mistakes in your own converted epub files and makes them meet store standards.

We do not have any hidden fees: we only earn money if you sell books. PublishDrive takes 10% cut after net sales in every ebook store sold. If you ask us for ebook conversion, we charge a one-time fee. In case of unique solutions or interactive books this pricing may be higher, please contact us for specific rates.

Who decides the price of my book?

Only you. PublishDrive uses the agency model, meaning that the publisher sets the retail price and receives royalty based on this price. Some of the channels may have promotions on their own, but those will not hurt the publishers’ royalty, it stays the same.

It depends on the store, but it is usually 50-60% of the net sales. You can see the conditions of each platform before deciding whether you would like us to distribute your books there. When we acquire a new ebook store, you will receive an announcement in email with the main terms and conditions of the new store. Please contact us on support@publishdrive.com to receive more information about the stores and the specific royalties.

  • Registration: You have to register on PublishDrive via admin.publishdrive.com. You have to accept our terms and conditions.
  • Account: You have to choose whether you are a publishing company or a self-published author. Please do not forget to fill out all financial info to make sure that you will get paid.
  • Ebook upload: You can upload your books in an epub format, covers in jpg and fill in the metadata questionnaire. You can either manually upload your books one by one, or use our bulk upload option with an Excel sheet or with ONIX.
  • Ebook conversion: We can help you with ebook conversion if your books are available in docx, indd (InDesign file), rtf, html or PDF. For this service, you have to pay a one-time fee based on the complexity and length of the book. While we prefer to receive the above listed formats as an input, we also accept the print PDF to make sure that your ebook will look similar to the print version. After a successful conversion, your epub files can be downloaded via PublishDrive and you will have the rights to them.
  • Ebook review: After your ebook is uploaded, we run both automated and manual book review processes to make sure your ebook and metadata are in the best shape.
  • Link tracking: You can follow your available books under ‘Books’ section in the column of ‘Stores’ with clickable links leading to the specific stores. This way you can easily check on and keep track of your books.
  • Marketing and promotions: You can simply tweet or post the links to your available ebooks on Twitter and Facebook straight from the platform, and you can also schedule price promotions.
  • Sales reports: You can download your monthly sales reports on the 25th of the following month.
  • Billing and financials: You are provided with an invoice in EUR, so you just have to wait for your money! 🙂

Registration

You can register at admin.publishdrive.com by simply typing your details.
You have to accept our terms and conditions and you have to chose whether you are a publishing company or a self-published author.
Publishing companies have a registered company entity with valid TAX ID.

Self-publishers are individuals, not a registered company. In case of self-publishers/authors PublishDrive pays a royalty to the author. As an individual the author is obliged to arrange and administer all their appropriate taxes, affixes etc. according to their home country’s law. Further information may be received at the local tax agency houses.

If you are a self-publisher, not a publishing company, you should register a self-publisher account in PublishDrive. You can chose it in the 2nd step during the registration process.

As a Tax number we would need any kind of tax id/social security number in order to make sure, billing is in order for both of us.

Please contact us at support@publishdrive.com and PublishDrive team will be able to help you out.

In your ‘Account’ please fill out your details such as Payment settings and Imprints and stores.

Book conversion

You can either convert your file into an ebook on your own, or order the conversion from us. If you choose to convert your ebook on your own, please make sure to use .epub extension and one of the following converters: InDesign epub export, Sigil or Calibre. Please notice that a fully automated conversion will leave many errors in your file, hidden in the code. It will be readable and good for personal use, but the stores wouldn’t accept it for commercial distribution. Every time you use a converter, please use PublishDrive to check its quality.

You may ask PublishDrive for ebook conversion in return of a onetime fee if your books are available in docx, indd (InDesign), rtf, html or PDF. The conversion fee will be calculated based on the complexity, the length of the book and the number of pictures. Apart from the above listed file formats, we also accept a PDF of the print version to ensure that your ebook looks similar to the print version. After a successful conversion, your files can be downloaded from PublishDrive, and you can use them as you wish.

Please email us at support@publishdrive.com to make sure that your order is processed in a professional way.

We will get in contact with you once we received your order. Depending on the flow of the business and the complexity of your order, it usually takes us 3 business days per book. In case of fixed-layout and interactive ebooks, we may have to contact you to understand your exact needs and creative ideas, which will add to the time and costs.

Yes, you can download your files easily from PublishDrive, and you as the copyright holder will be able to sell those ebooks in your own shop or anywhere else. However, you cannot sell them in stores where you are already doing so with PublishDrive.

Yes, you can order both fixed layout and interactive ebooks. In this case, we may have to contact you to understand your exact needs and creative ideas, which will add to the time and costs.

InDesign is a great tool for editing your print book version and it has an export tool for ebook version (epub) as well. However, the export function is not perfect at the moment, so some manual work has to be done in order to receive a quality epub file in the end.

We recommend that you check your ebooks on digital reading devices such as Kindle, Nook and Kobo readers, on smartphone apps (Google Play Books, Aldiko etc.), iPad and also in software like Adobe Digital Editions.

Here is a list of what to look for:

  • Hyperlinks – are they all present and do they all work?
  • Special sorts and non-Latin letters – are these all displaying correctly?
  • Typos – look for errors and/or inconsistent capitalization in places like top-level author and title, main table of contents, picture captions, chapter numbers etc.
  • Layout and formatting – e-text is fluid, and we have much less control over the way it appears on the screen than we do with a static, printed page. However, please check those pages and features where layout is crucial: epigraphs and dedications, poetry, tables, charts and figures.
  • Integrated artwork/images – do images display well, and are they in the correct position?
  • Re-run text – where text reflows, has it caused problems (e.g. hard hyphens retained)?
  • Prelims/endmatter – are these all present in the correct order (including cover/jacket image), and worded correctly in the main table of contents?
  • Cover/jacket – make sure that the latest version was supplied and that there are no typos.
  • Layout
    Managing and maintaining layouts can be a significant issue because epub (and mobi/prc) is a reflowable format; unlike a PDF, the page structure is not pre-set and fixed by the publisher, but changes according to the reader and its settings.
    Consequently, publishers and authors need to be aware that they have less control over layout.
    This can be problematic for writers and publishers of poetry or of books containing long figures and pictures.
    Editorially, you also need to be aware of the impact this will have on the current use of internal referencing (the numbering of pages won’t work).

 

  • Tables
    In ebooks, complex tables can cause some problems. Again, this is because epub (and mobi/prc) is a reflowable format.
    The screen size varies between devices, and the font and font size differs per user. Depending on the settings selected by the reader, one can fit 3 to 11 words in a line on an e-reader device or tablet. This can have an undesirable effect upon the presentation of tables, impacting on column alignment and what can be seen on the screen.

 

  • Typeface
    With epubs, the reader can select the typeface and font size from the range offered by the creators of the e-reader, tablet or app. The iPad offers a wider selection (the default being Palatino) but the consumer decides the font they want to use, not the publisher or author.

 

  • Illustrations
    Some devices, such as the original Kindle e-ink device, are monochrome only: when producing for e-readers, keep in mind that if your colours are not contrasting enough, your readers might won’t be able to see what is on the picture.The majority of ebook files in the market are reflowable, which means that the text can be resized by the reader who gains control over the settings. However, it means that illustrations and captions do not always stay together; there is no control over where the illustration will fall on the screen and whether there is sufficient space to accommodate the caption as well. At the moment, these formats are not able to accommodate landscape captions.When the title is particularly dependent on keeping the same layout as the print version (as it would be with an atlas or a picture book for instance) then a reflowable ebook will not offer a good reading experience. For titles like these, we can produce fixed layout files for you, though the conversion cost may be higher. This is an option that allows the print layout to be recreated almost exactly by turning each page into an image and inserting tags around them.
    This option is supported by certain retailers such as Apple, Amazon, Kobo and Nook. Apple, Kobo and Nook all support fixed layout epub files, though each one requires a slightly different version, which can lead to additional conversion charges. Amazon supports fixed layout in their KF8 files.
    We can also produce web-optimised PDF files for you, which are the favoured format of some library suppliers. These files offer the functionality of a regular PDF file but have linked bookmarks and a lower file size in order to make them more manageable and user-friendly.
    If you are interested in producing ebooks of highly-illustrated titles, there are several options available. Please contact us to discuss the next steps.

 

  • Indexes
    Converting a print index into epub and mobi/prc format is far from ideal. Currently the approach is to convert print page numbers into sequential numbers, those sequential numbers are then hyperlinked to the top of the equivalent print page. As epub/mobi is reflowable, the index reference itself could end up being several screens away from the top of the equivalent print page which makes navigating to the reference awkward. Some publishers choose to drop the index because of this, while others decide to live with the weaknesses associated with a converted index.

 

  • Special sorts and non-Latin based languages
    Non-Latin based languages cannot be easily accommodated at the moment. Mathematics is also problematic (and expensive) to convert.

Book upload

If you are registered in PublishDrive, uploading your books is a straightforward process and won’t take longer than 60 seconds. Before you start uploading, be sure to prepare your metadata, epub and jpg files in order to speed up the uploading process. When adding the book, please fill out the metadata form with data such as author, category, price, territory rights etc., drag and drop your files (content and cover), and save your file. Once you have revised your files and metadata, you can send them to stores with only one click.

Please use our bulk upload function. You have to fill out an excel spreadsheet with all required data and you have to upload your content files and cover files with naming them according to ISBN, e.g. ISBN.epub and ISBN.jpg. Please understand that if you make mistakes in the metadata spreadsheet, it may happen that the import will be broken or our colleagues have to clean the data manually. In addition, if you do not name your files per ISBN or mismatch your files and metadata ISBN, there will be mistakes regarding your books. If you choose the bulk upload method, please make sure that your data is clean, your epub and cover files are ready and named with ISBN. Alternatively, you can use our ONIX bulk upload function.

Yes. Currently, our primary focus is on books, in a few months, however, we will add magazines/newspapers to our product line. You can already store them, but the interface for selling them is under construction. In the meantime we would suggest that you convert your magazines into an epub or other accepted ebook format if possible.

We accept epub2 and epub3 formats, based on the IDPF standard.

You may ask for ebook conversion for a one time fee if your books are available only in docx, InDesign file, rtf, html or PDF. The conversion fee will be calculated based on the complexity and length of the book. We prefer to receive docx, InDesign file, rtf or html as an input format, but the print PDF can be uploaded as well to make sure your ebook will be similar to the print book version. After successful conversion, your files can be downloaded via PublishDrive, so you can use them on your own as well. Thanks to our established relationships with conversion houses, we have negotiated competitive rates for file creation. Please contact us via support@publishdrive.com for a quote.

Our recommended order of an ebook is:
Cover Matter:
Cover Image
Front Matter:
Descriptive Blurb
Praise
Title Page
Dedication
Epigraph
Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Interior:
Texts (Part, Chapters etc…)
Back Matter:
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
Plates
Chapter 1 of next book by same author
By the Same Author (with direct links)
About the Author
Copyright

If the publisher uses a bibliographic database that can produce ONIX, we are more than happy to accept that. Please make sure that your ONIX file contains all necessary data for sale. Contact us via support@publishdrive.com if you have a lot of data in ONIX, so we can make sure that your data are ready for sale.

We accept all kind of content, because we believe in the freedom of expression. However, we make a point of working with only quality books, so we review the books both automatedly and manually, to make sure it is up to our standards. During the manual review process, we use guidelines similar to the major ebook stores, such as Amazon Kindle.

Your books and other content (such as book titles, cover art and product descriptions) must adhere to these content guidelines. We reserve the right to make judgments about whether content is appropriate and to choose not to offer it in some of the stores. In addition, the stores have their own specific standards your content will need to adhere to

 

Pornography

We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts. This includes material falling under the following categories:

  • Depiction (photo or drawing) of a child in a sexual situation, even without contact.
  • Photographs of penetrative sex, oral/genital contact, or genitals.
  • Textual encouragement to commit a crime (e.g. books supporting, encouraging or defending rape, paedophilia, incest or bestiality, or books detailing how to commit a sexual crime).
  • Photographic content intended for the sole purpose of sexual arousal.
  • Excessively objectionable or crude content.

Offensive Content
What we deem offensive is in accordance with the UN hate speech guidelines and regulations.

Illegal and Infringing Content
We take violations of law and proprietary rights very seriously. It is your responsibility to ensure that your content doesn’t violate law or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights. Please be aware that freely available content doesn’t mean free to sell content – always obtain the rights before you sell something. This is true not only for text, but also for images and fonts used.

Public Domain and Other Non-Exclusive Content
Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. This kind of content will not be published in the stores where it would not be unique.

Spamming

Publishers spamming us with multiple versions of the same or similar books may be blocked from distribution. This also includes books that share or use the same images, text, or other content, promotional books and commercial books.

Books that primarily consist of free and easily available content may be rejected. For example, we cannot accept books that repackage content from online sources such as open access encyclopaedias, online forums and tutorials, or Q&A websites.

Poor Customer Experience

We don’t accept books that provide a poor customer experience. We reserve the right to determine which content would fall under this guideline. See the Guide to Kindle Content Quality for examples of content that’s typically disappointing for customers.

Examples of unacceptable content include:

  • Content that is either marketed as a subscription service or redirects readers to an external source to obtain the original text/full content.
  • Content that is freely available on the web (unless you are the copyright owner of that content or the content is in the public domain).
  • Content whose primary purpose is to solicit or advertise.
  • Content that is a non-differentiated version of another book.
  • Content that is poorly translated.

Nazi content

The cover art of your book can’t depict Nazi symbolism as outlined in the Strafgesetzbuch section 86a if the content is cleared for sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or any other country that restricts Nazi propaganda.

Adult content is typically recommended only for readers above 18+ years, because it is containing erotic or violent scenes. In this sense, Fifty Shades of Grey is considered to be adult content (in addition to being categorized as new adult/contemporary romance/erotica as well).

We accept adult content, but please make sure that your content still does not contain the following elements:

Pornography
We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts. This includes material falling under the following categories:

  • Depiction (photo or drawing) of a child in a sexual situation, even without contact.
  • Photographs of penetrative sex, oral/genital contact, or genitals.
  • Textual encouragement to commit a crime (e.g. books supporting, encouraging or defending rape, paedophilia, incest or bestiality, or books detailing how to commit a sexual crime).
  • Photographic content intended for the sole purpose of sexual arousal.
  • Excessively objectionable or crude content.

Offensive Content
What we deem offensive is in accordance with the UN hate speech guidelines and regulations.

Illegal and Infringing Content

We take violations of law and proprietary rights very seriously. It is your responsibility to ensure that your content doesn’t violate law or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights. Please be aware that freely available content doesn’t mean free to sell content – always obtain the rights before you sell something. This is true not only for text, but also for images and fonts used.

We are happy to distribute all kind of languages. Although our platform is available only in English and Hungarian, content in any language can be easily distributed. Be mindful of the fact that stores have their own internal policy about content and languages they prefer. For instance, Amazon accepts books only in the supported languages listed on this web page, so if you have a book written in a language not listed there, we cannot publish it on Amazon.

We are proud to be available in every country, but be aware that banking costs may differ based on your country of residence. Please look at the ‘Financial’ block for more information.

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier, and is a global standard in the publishing industry. ISBN for ebooks is 13 digits and is required for professional book distribution. You can read more about ISBNs here.

Unfortunately, ISBNs are given out by local authorities, therefore we strongly advise you to contact your local ISBN agency: https://www.isbn-international.org/agencies. ISBNs are not mandatory for ebook distribution, but stores tend to like them. We also developed our own identifier, the PUI which is free and easy to obtain and is widely accepted in stores worldwide. PUIs are automatically assigned to your books during the publishing process.

In theory, you should do so, however there is no common agreement amongst publishers. PublishDrive’s position is to use the same ISBN to ease your administrative burdens. The reason is that mobi files are only produced for Amazon Kindle, which is a closed system. Amazon itself does not use ISBNs, they have their own unique book identifiers. However, separate ISBNs must be used for multiple versions of enhanced or fixed layout ebooks that are being sent to different vendors or for ‘sample’ ebooks.

Ebook price includes VAT, so you can set the recommended retail price (RRP) on the platform. From 2015, the applicable VAT rates are based on the country where the buyer is resident within the EU. Thus, when a German reader buys a book, he or she pays 19% VAT, while a Hungarian one pays 27%. In the USA, sales tax differs by the state, but usually online retailers use 0%.

Yes, you can update your metadata, such as ebook price or description anytime, and we will distribute your revised metadata and epub files to retailers when you click on the ‘Save’ button.

The answer to this is in the metadata – the publisher has to state which territories ebooks can be sold in when they upload an ebook.

If another publisher is selling the same title in a territory which you have the rights for, you should contact the publisher directly and ask them to withdraw the title from sale in that area. However, if a retailer is selling one of your titles in a territory where you do not have the rights, you should notify us via e-mail and we will follow up with the retailer.

Yes, you can withdraw a book from sales anytime by clicking on ‘Books’, then ‘Withdraw’ on the platform. It usually happens when your copyright/license for the book is expired. In this case, your ebooks will be automatically removed from sale from all ebook stores.

Book review

You have to upload a valid .epub and valid .jpg. We check your cover and your ebook file to make sure that they are up to standards, alongside your copyright and metadata. You must also make sure that your content doesn’t fall into any of these groups. The validation process is both automatic and manual; if we find something wrong with your book, we will let you know via the platform where we explain you the issue. If you are not able to fix it yourself, please contact us via support@publishdrive.com and we can help you for a small fee.

The International Digital Book Forum has established validation rules for epubs to ensure they adhere to industry-standard file requirements. PublishDrive has integrated the epub validation process, so when you upload an ebook, we automatically run the epub validation and notify you about critical technical issues. If you would like to check your ebooks without uploading them, you can do so here.

Please follow the steps mentioned in the error message to fix the problems with your metadata, epub or cover file. Common mistakes include: the cover image is larger than 4 million pixels or the html code is cluttered. Your book will be reassigned to you and will not be available for sale until you fix the issues. If you are not able to fix it the issue, please contact us via support@publishdrive.com and we can help you for a small fee.

Usually the error message tells you what the problem is, so you can easily fix it with your ebook or picture editor program (e.g. Sigil or IrfanView). Once you have fixed the issue, you have to upload the corrected file. We review your book again, and if there is any issue left, we will contact you. Otherwise your book will be published in the stores of your choice.

Yes, of course. Our team is happy to help you, if you are not able to fix it the issues yourself. Please contact us via support@publishdrive.com and we will sort it out for you for a small fee.

Contracts and account

You can read and download our contract when registering at PublishDrive before accepting our terms and conditions. Additionally, you can always find your valid contract under your ‘Account info’ / ‘Stores and imprints’ section, or contact us via support@publishdrive.com to obtain it.

You can edit the details you gave at registration (such as banking info or legal name) under your ‘Account’ at any time. Please make sure that the information you provide is valid and current, because this is the information we use for billing and transferring your money. All extra costs arising from misleading or false information (such as extra banking fees etc.) must be covered by you, so please keep your details updated.

You are always able to add more publishers/imprints for your account or change the distribution channels for each of them under the ‘Account’ info /‘Stores and imprints’ section of your profile.

You can find this option under your ‘Account’/‘Stores and imprints’. Please select the stores you would like to sell your books in. After saving, you can see banned stores and enabled stores separately.

We do not withhold tax. PublishDrive is a company registered in the European Union, and according EU laws your taxation depends on the legislation in your country. You are responsible for checking the local tax requirements for receiving income from the EU.

If you are outside of the EU, we pay you tax free, and you need to pay tax according to the local tax law. You are responsible for checking the local tax requirements for receiving income from the EU.

If you are from one of the EU member states and you as a company have EU tax ID, we pay out your earnings with 0% VAT and you need to pay tax after your income. You are responsible for checking the local tax requirements.

If you are a private person from one of the EU member states, we pay you tax free, but keep in mind that you may need to pay income tax after the earnings you received.

Distribution

You can see our distribution partners within PublishDrive after the registration: you can select the stores and libraries you would like to appear in one by one under the ‘Account’ info /‘Stores and imprints’ section. Alternatively, we are more than happy to send you the list of more than 400 outlets via email if you contact us at support@publishdrive.com.

We are very flexible regarding the channels where you distribute your books. We do not ask for exclusivity, meaning that you can sell your ebooks on your website or decide to sell them in some shops directly and switch off those channels in PublishDrive. Please be aware, though, that you can’t sell the same books in the same stores directly and via us.

We send the books to the stores immediately once the book has been accepted by our book review team, but unfortunately book stores have their own internal review processes before they decide to make books available for sale.

With hundreds of stores in our partnership network we are faced with different terms and review processes, but one thing is certain: none of them accept titles automatically. They check, among others, for copyright and quality issues. We have been working very hard to speed up review times; in case of Apple iTunes we are one of the trusted partners, which means that it usually takes only a few hours to 3 business days to get an ebook published. In other big stores, such as Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and Google, it usually takes 5-7 business days to get a book onto shelves.

We can say that it normally won’t take longer than 14 business days for a book to be accepted in any of the stores, but certain public holidays (Christmas, Chinese New Year) and occasional maintenance may influence the speed of the ebook review process by the stores.

We suggest that if you have a book with a strict publication date, you upload it at least two weeks in advance. In this case your book will be automatically set for pre-sale in the stores where this function is available, so your readers can already buy your book, but they can read it only after the official publication date set by you in PublishDrive.

Yes, of course. We suggest that if you have a book with a strict publication date, you upload it at least two weeks in advance. In this case your book will be automatically set for pre-sale in the stores where this function is available, so your readers can already pre-order your book, but they can read it only after the official publication date set by you in PublishDrive.

The difference can be caused by different currencies: we sell your book everywhere with the currency used in that country. Your book’s price will be converted to other currencies based on current market exchange rates.

The difference can also be caused by the different business models used by each store. You can see the business model used by the store when selecting it. While we send the retails price suggested by you (SRP, suggested retail price) to the stores, they have the right to modify it according to the business models and other factors. Therefore we can’t guarantee the exact match of final prices but we pay you based on the SRP.

Yes, on your book page you can see the retailers where your book is already available for sale You can also follow which books have been sent and are being processed by the stores.   We also offer a free service where you can look up your books by ISBN to see in which stores they are on sale. You can read more about this service here.

Marketing and promotion

Book promotion is a competitive area and results may depend on many factors. We can’t promise anything, but you may consider trying out the followings to see what works the best for your authors and/or books. You can also check out our blog for more tips and tricks on marketing.

  • Use your metadata
    Metadata is the key in automated book promotion. Build your own keywords, chose the right category for your book to make sure that intelligent recommendation platforms find your book and make relevant connections between your books and other books. This way you are more likely to reach the readers you want. Try to be as specific as possible: the platform allows you to select up to three categories. You can select the category when adding your book by typing in the category of your choice. You can also use BISAC numbers to search the database. You can also save a description which we use for keywords, target audience and there is a platform to input awards and competitions as well. So, do not forget to use your metadata wisely!
  • The power of bloggers
    Reach out to bloggers and ask them to write reviews about your book. For this, you have to do your research in the blogosphere and know the influential people writing about your subgenre. It is worth the effort, however, because they can give you relevant and human-written reviews. Never underestimate the power of influential people. With PublishDrive, you can easily send protected review copies to the selected few for a small fee. Please contact us for further information at support@publishdrive.com.
  • Build your author page on Facebook/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
    Readers love to communicate with their favourite writers on social media. Whether you are an indie or a publishing company working with several authors, you must build rapport on social media and engage with your readers. Be approachable. Yes, it is hard work, but you can see the difference soon: engaged readers may buy not just your books, but any kind of merchandising materials later.
  • Register your book on Goodreads.com
    Goodreads is the social platform of books. With Goodreads, readers are able to easily find new books to read and get more engaged with their favourite authors/books. No algorithm is as powerful as a friend’s recommendation: do not miss your chance to get discovered by new readers!
  • Collect reviews
    If you already have a fan base, encourage your readers to write reviews or spread the word about your book. You can offer them merchandize, bonus chapters or easy access; if they love your book, they will be happy to help you advertising it.
  • Share a direct link of your book on Twitter/Facebook
    Great job: you already have followers on social media platforms! Make sure that they know the news about you and your book, especially if your book is available in a new store. If they know it can be bought in multiple places, they will consider the options and will choose the best one based on their devices, country etc. You can easily share your book in social media from inside the PublishDrive platform.
  • Quote your book every day on different platforms
    Readers love short and easy to understand quotes from books that they can share with friends or family. Use the power of social media to get these short quotes to more people by simply posting or tweeting them. You can create funny/beautiful gifs or memes from them, so your fans can engage not just with your words, but with your creative material and pictures too.
  • Build your own email list
    Email is the cheapest solution to market your books, however, you need to collect a list of email addresses of your potential readers. You can obtain an email list via various ways: 1) building your own website where you let them sign up for email updates, 2) organizing contests where they have to give you their email address, 3) getting them signed up from inside the book: a link can take them your webpage, 4) running your own webstore, 5) running paid campaigns on social media.Once you have collected a list of emails, you can use one of the top list manager apps such as MailChimp or Sendgrid to contact them with differentiated newsletters based on the behaviour. You can provide your previous buyers with coupons, you can organize webinars, online book releases via email, and most softwares let you easily measure the effectiveness of your email marketing with different statistics. Please be aware of spamming: nobody likes receiving too many emails.
  • Let your readers ‘write’ your story
    Being creative at marketing is rewarding. If you release a second or third part of a series, you may ask your readers during the creation and writing phase about their experiences and let them vision what could happen. You can either run a contest for the best resolution in a book or writing the best annotation. Anything which makes your readers more involved in the book creation process could end up in terrific results.
  • Use paid online advertising such as Google Adwords, Facebook Ads etc.
    If you have a budget for advertising, use online advertising with Google Adwords or Facebook Ads, but make sure to trial your ads before you spend thousands of dollars for advertising. First, you have to conduct a keyword research, then build your ads and set your target market as precise as you can. In the beginning, you should test what works for your users, so start with 4-5 different ads at the same time with A/B testing and try to find out which works and which doesn’t.
    Google Adwords helps you to be found by your potential customers when they are searching for something you can offer. Facebook Ads is more suitable for showing your potential customers what you offer and encourage them to engage. You can run both marketing channels simultaneously, however, managing too many channels at the same time can result in a lot of money and time spent ineffectively.While many people have a natural talent for marketing and advertisement, you might want to consider hiring a professional for marketing your books. See our article on publishing costs for more details.

PublishDrive has a good relationship with all ebook stores, which means we can offer them ebooks monthly for featured positions or special marketing campaigns. Please understand that we cannot guarantee whether a book is featured in the stores, but we make efforts to feature as many quality books as possible. So far 90% of our suggested books were featured.

We also developed a marketing magic tool that recommends similar best-selling books based on description. You can use this data to fine-tune your marketing campaign. More information on the marketing magic tool is available here.

PublishDrive has good relationship to all ebook stores, which means we are offering them ebooks on a monthly basis for featured positions or special marketing campaigns. Banners or featured positions cannot be bought, only relevant and quality content will be featured based on the suggestions of PublishDrive. Please understand that we cannot guarantee whether a book is featured in the stores, but we make all of our efforts to feature them in stores. So far 90% of our suggested books were featured.

Sales reports

PublishDrive compiles monthly sales reports on the 25th of the following month. The reason behind is that some of the retailers send the earnings only on 20th of the following month. We provide you with the sales reports on 25th of the following month, and we bill you on the same day with the deadline of payment being the end of the following month. For example: earnings reports for December will be available on 25th January and payment will be sent until the end of February. This means that you will be paid within around 60 days of sale independently of whether we received the payment from the retailers or not.

PublishDrive provides you with all data from retailers in a consolidated and user-friendly way, so you do not have to bother with different Excel sheets. Your monthly sales reports show you the following data: how many books you have sold per title, how much you have earned, in addition to your sales per country and channel (shop).

If you see a negative transaction, it means that an end-user decided to ask for a refund. According to the law, readers have at least 14 days to return the ebook and ask for a refund. (This policy changes by country and store.)

You can see the main analytics for your books such as which were the bestselling titles, how much you earned historically and how many books you have sold. We provide you with easy to understand graphs – please contact us at support@publishdrive.com if you need more detailed information.

Yes, some distributors (such as iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books) provide you with live statistics which you can see in ‘Sales’ menu.

Financial and invoicing

PublishDrive compiles monthly sales reports on the 25th of the following month, and we send you the invoice on the same day with the deadline of payment being the end of the next month. This means that you will be paid within around 60 days of sale independently of whether we received the payment from the retailers or not. For example: earnings reports for December will be available on 25th January and payment will be sent until the end of February.

You can find the deadline for payment on the invoices in the ‘Finance’ section of your profile to help you understand when to expect your money. Your earnings will be paid out via bank transfer, Paypal or Transferwise based on your country to keep banking costs low. With Transferwise and SEPA, PublishDrive covers all banking fees.

 

We pay out earnings directly to your bank account, however we have to use different payment methods for different countries, and this results in different payment thresholds as well. We use SEPA, Transferwise, and Paypal for payments.

Countries in the SEPA scheme will have a threshold of €50 and will be paid out in euros. SEPA covers all countries that are members of the EU or the EEA, and Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland. Some countries have special territories which are not part of SEPA, you can easily check here whether your country is one of those.

USA states will be paid out with a €50 EUR threshold via Transferwise.

The following countries will be paid out via Transferwise with a €100 threshold in their local currency: Arab Emirates, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Morocco, Malaysia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey.

Any other countries will be paid using Paypal with a threshold of €100. Banking costs will be equally distributed between Publisher and PublishDrive.

No, don’t worry: we take care of all the billing. You receive your invoice straight after your sales report; we save you from all the hustle and costs involved in creating a bill. Your invoice will be in EUR independently from your home currency.

PublishDrive invoices in EUR based on the sales report and your current threshold limit.

Copyright

Yes, you keep all the rights. According to our terms and conditions, you remain to be the copyright holder and PublishDrive gets distribution rights. We get non-exclusive and perpetual rights to make the ebooks and other digital products publicly available within the sales territory and to have them distributed to end customers. You will still have the rights to withhold your books from sale or to decide in which territories and stores you want us to distribute them.

Contact the owner of the site and notify them about copyright infringements. Refer to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and provide a legal link where customers can purchase your ebook. You can find direct links to your books in different ebook stores on your ‘Book’ page. You can use third party services like the Copyright Infringement Portal to search for and report infringements.

The best way to prevent illegal copies is to offer your content legally in as many stores as possible.

PublishDrive does not specifically add any protection on the books, but many of our stores do. The most common thing stores use to protect your books is DRM (Digital Rights Management): it prevents copying your content with a software, thus making it readable on one device only. Some ebook stores use watermarking technologies: ebooks can be copied, but all data of the buyer will be stored within the book.

Public domain

We call works ‘public domain’ if their intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. As rights are country-based and vary (and in some places, non-existent), a work may be subject to rights in one country and be in the public domain in another.

Read more about public domains here.

Yes, you can, although not all of our distributor partners will accept them and make them available in their stores.

Many public domain books are available free on the internet. If you try to publish a public domain book in a store where it is already available for free, they will automatically refuse it (as most stores can’t have repeating content). You have more chance of seeing it on the shelves if it is a unique translation, or contains annotations, notes or unique illustrations. You can expect the big stores (Amazon for instance) to be more vigilant about repeating content than the smaller ones.

We recommend that you publish unique content with exclusive copyrights.

Public domain books are widely spread on the internet without any unique content in the book itself what will result in multiple content. This multiple content is banned from Amazon for instance, so if you upload a public domain book to PublishDrive, your content is not considered to be unique, so your book will not be published on Amazon, only in the other stores.

In case of Amazon Kindle’s store public domains with only unique content are distributed. Here you can read more about Amazon’s requirements about public domains (see more details: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2OHLJURFVK57Q).

Affiliate

Yes, we do! We found that 30% of our current customers invite others to use our platform. We want to reward you for your effort and encourage you to spread the word about PublishDrive. That is why we launched PublishDrive’s affiliate program: you can easily invite your friends to join PublishDrive, meanwhile you earn money!

If you successfully invite publishers, you will earn 3% commission on their sales during the first 6 months.

If you successfully invite publishers, you will earn 3% commission on their sales during the first 6 months.

First, you have to register at PublishDrive – sorry, there is no way around it 🙂

Click the little ❤ next to ‘My Account’ to share the love and apply for your very own affiliate link. Once you have received it, just use it to tell your friends about PublishDrive!

Once publishers start registering using your link, you can visit your ‘Affiliate’ page to check

  • who has registered using your affiliate link and when
  • how many books your publishers have uploaded
  • your monthly earnings through your publishers

As usual, you don’t have to worry about billing, we’ll prepare the invoice and send your earnings to your bank account together with your regular earnings.

Help contact

Of course, our team is always happy to help. If you have any questions, please contact us at support@publishdrive.com and PublishDrive team will try their best to answer them.

Currently, we can only deal with requests and inquiries written in English.

PublishDrive’s operational team is usually available from 8 am to 5 pm CET (UTC+1) Monday to Friday. We don’t take calls, but feel free to emails us at any time via support@publishdrive.com, and we will do our best to reply within 48 business hours.

PublishDrive’s business team is usually available from 8 am to 5 pm CET (UTC +1) Monday to Friday. We don’t take calls, but feel free to emails us at any time via support@publishdrive.com, and we will do our best to reply within 48 business hours.