Initially launched as a paid ebook distributor, for the past year Bookbaby has offered a free distribution option in the likes of Smashwords - but no more. Following a year to the day after the launch of that free option, Bookbaby raised its prices today.
First caught by Joel Friedlander, aka The Book Designer, Bookbaby's new pricing schedule statrts at $299. Ths Calif.-based distributor is dropping both of their lower service plans, including both the free plan and the $99 plan (each also charged a commission), and raising the price of their $249 plan.
Bookbaby's distribution service now costs $299 (on sale for $199 until the end of January). That is a rather steep fee when compared to commission based services like Smashwords or Draft2Digital, or even other fee-based services like eBookPartnership, which charges $50 a year.
Besides the fact that all of the ebook distributors charge in some way, I think it would be wrong to conclude that today's news shows that the commission model doesn't work. Bookbaby has found after offering it for a year that the model doesn't work for them, but it still seems to work for Smashwords.
Just about the only conclusion I would draw from today's news is that Bookbaby looked at their customer base and decided to focus on the most valuable and higher paying customers.
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