Why Thailand Authors Should Embrace Ebooks…

I started out with the goal of getting published – a paperback book, I thought, would be the ultimate ego boost. At least until the movie was made… After looking into it more and asking myself what was more important, money or fame? I came to the conclusion – money is more important. Money is far more important.

The publishing contracts authors sign with traditional paperback book publishers are quite restrictive on present and future acts. For instance, most paperback publishers will insist they own the digital rights to your book content as well – for distribution! Meaning, if you write a book, sign a contract with Bangkok Books, or Asia Books, Lotus Books, whichever company – you are probably signing away your digital rights to market your OWN book on the internet on your site, eBay, Amazon, anywhere.

In order to sell your book online your publisher must sell it for you… which results in a pittance of an income for you – regardless how many ebooks they sell. Not only that, many publishers don’t have agreements with Amazon or other major distribution channels – so, your digital ebooks go nowhere. This very important channel goes unused because traditional book publishing companies are not excited about ebooks – nor are they set up to sell ebooks.

Wouldn’t you rather retain all the rights to your written works?

I decided a year ago that I wanted all the rights. Similar to music industry performers that are tired of selling an entire music CD and making a dollar… I want to retain as much money and rights to distribution of my own material as possible.

Not only this – but, I want to help other authors retain their rights by giving them an outlet for their digital ebooks here at ThailandeBooks.com.

Sign on here and you’ll give up nothing of your rights – we’re just another outlet that you allow to market and sell your ebooks for a commission. You might sell your ebook 50 other places online as well. You might self-publish your book in paperback form on your own as you make enough money from ebook sales to do so. Or, you might give up caring about selling a paperback book.

Ebooks are more than just another way to get your book out there – ebooks are here now – and give authors the chance to retain all rights to their content in the present and the future.

Do you have books already written about Thailand or Asia topics that you couldn’t find a publisher to publish? If you’re a writer based in Thailand – of course you have. It’s very difficult to match up a story with a publisher and actually go through and get published. It’s an exercise in futility often times.

Now you have an outlet for these books – assuming they are decent books and will have an audience – sell them here and everywhere else you possibly can sell them online.

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EBook Submissions

For writers that wish to publish their unpublished books with us:

If you are a writer in Thailand or anywhere in Asia and you want to write an eBook and sell it here please read the ebook submission process first.

Here is the process:

1. Create your ebook. Create a book that will generate a lot of interest. We already have travel guides in Thailand covered, but look at our list of other ideas to come up with something we’re sure will work – or, come up with your own ideas. Fiction welcome, set in Thailand.

2. Edit and format your ebook for ereaders. We have detailed instructions, and it takes some effort – but I can reformat my 100 page ebook in 2 hours. It’s necessary to reformat because most ereaders don’t like graphics, and special formatting. ANY special formatting. So, it’s a pain, but necessary.

3. If you absolutely don’t want to do it – we can just sell your book as a PDF. Send us the PDF or Microsoft Word copy and we’ll convert to PDF.

4. Sign our agreement. You retain all rights, we just need rights to sell your ebook also.

5. You’ll choose a price for your ebook – which will the same price as it is listed in other markets, or, under $7.99 USD if not for sale elsewhere.

6. We list your ebook(s) here. We have a number of Thailand based sites that are linking to this site and we are already in the searches at G! or Y! for “thailand books” or “thailand ebooks”.

7. Tell any friends that have websites about the availability of your ebook and ask them, beg them, pay them, to link to your ebook sales page here. Any link you can get to your product pages from other sites will help you sell more books.

8. We’ll also market your ebook on Twitter, Friendfeed, Tumblr, Google, and Facebook, and through other channels.

9. When your ebook sells you’ll make 60% of sales (after payment processor fee).

One of the best ways you can make money through selling ebooks is if you create a SERIES of ebooks. One book is great. It might sell well. Create a series that people can’t do without and you’ve really set yourself up for what might turn into a career.

You’re free to sell your ebooks anywhere else you like, or sell them on your own at eBay, or wherever. We have no binding agreement that takes any rights from you, just enables us to sell your ebook in addition to whatever you’re doing. This is in stark contrast to traditional paper book publishing contracts.

Best ebook readers on the planet? There’s no contest…

New Amazon Kindle Fire Color Multitouch Tablet – eReader:

New Amazon Kindle Touch eReader:

New Amazon Kindle eReader: