I was planning on putting a book on Pronoun.com. Can you tell me how this is superior to Pronoun.com, which is free?
loraininflorida Thanks for the question!
Pronoun is doing great and as far as I can see many people here in the forum are excited about it. They do offer some great deals for authors interested in the US market (where they're basically free, as you said), but I've yet to understand how (and for how long) this can work for them. Plus, as far as I can read on their TOS, they can unilaterally change the distribution conditions at any time. So, honestly, I like their technology (many authors told me great things about their analytics capabilities) and I don't like the way they're managing their business (I think it's not transparent at all).
How does StreetLib (SL) compare to Pronoun (PR)? Here's a list of the main differences:
1. SL distributes to all the big online retailers in the US (Amazon, Google, Apple, Kobo and B&N) and to many others relevant retailers all around the world (BajaLibros, Bookmate, CasaDelLibro, Tolino, the StreetLib store, here the complete list: https://www.streetlib.com/book-stores/
2. SL has a 10% distribution fee, regardless the book price, the book size and the country where the book is sold.
3. SL offers for FREE a full-featured authoring environment (called StreetLib Write) where you can upload your manuscript, edit/format/update it online, apply a beautiful graphic template, get your EPub/Mobi or publish it through our distribution technology.
4. SL offers a POS platform (called StreetLib Print) that lets you print a number of copies of your books or distribute your printed copies on Amazon and other online retailers. There's no upfront cost and you only need to upload your print-ready PDF file. Making a good print-ready PDF is not that easy and SL offers some cool additional services to make it easier.
5. SL offers an e-commerce platform (called StreetLib Stores) that lets you create your own book store and publish it on your website, in that way you can start direct selling your books to your readers without any technical knowledge and up-front cost. SL takes 15% for each sale, that means you'll end up getting a 75% royalties for your books direct-sold through your website.
I would like to add a final comment: We at StreetLib have a clear vision of how this new digital publishing world is going to evolve and we like to play for the long term. We embrace inclusivity instead of exclusivity, we invest in developing added value services to improve our customers' business instead of leveraging our strategy on our competitors' commercial operations, we make our best to build a loyalty community of authors and publishers that believe in our team instead of attracting them with specific marketing campaigns. This is an article I wrote to describe what we're doing: https://medium.com/streetlib/wider-is-wiser-c59b27a674a0#.4wb36lpd7
. Hope it helps, thank you!