Kobo Expands KWL’s Author Services With Editorial, Conversion, Design Services

Kobo Expands KWL's Author Services With Editorial, Conversion, Design Services Kobo Self-Pub Kobo announced on Wednesday that it had negotiated deals with digital publishing service companies to offer discounts to authors and publishers who contract through Kobo Writing Life's Author Services.

Initially announced in August 2015, Author Services was launched earlier this year to offer authors and publishers a discount on audiobook production and a (worthless) discount on ISBNs.

And now Kobo is expanding Author Services. According to the press release(PDF), authors and publishers can now secure editorial, cover design, formatting, and other services through the portal. The services are provided by experts at companies like Aptara, Nord Compo, AcePub, and NewGen, rather than Kobo.

 

Or at least that is what the press release says; the Author Services page disagrees.

I just logged into my KWL account to check which services are available, and when I clicked the "get more info" buttons for each of the offered services, only about half of the response emails explained how I could move forward. The other half indicated that they were under development.

When this service has been set up, we will reach out to our authors with more information.

According to Kobo's own website, I can't get an ISBN, audiobook, or editorial services through Kobo Writing Life. And that's strange because two of the three were supposed to have been set up back in January.

Isn't it odd that Kobo would send out this email when their site still isn't up and running?

Is anyone else wondering whether this ill-considered press release for an under-prepared portal might be a response to some other company's ereader launch today?

image by Matt Hampel

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Will Entrekin14 April, 2016

    “According to Kobo’s own website, I can’t get an ISBN”

    Why would you want one?

    But yes, overall I’d think you’re right. The idea of author services is a good one, and perhaps it’s complicated to find all the disparate services one might require (a good editor, a good cover designer, a good marketer, etc.), but this seems like a half-baked effort at best.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder14 April, 2016

      I wouldn’t want one, but I do think that if Kobo is going to sell them then they need to actually sell them.

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