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You'll all love this one. Story here: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/new-book-discovery-tool-helps-authors-and-publishers-share-excerpts/

First off, it leaves indies out who don't have ISBN's, and secondly, if you think you're going to sell a ton of books for spending $35 bucks to have your book "seen by important book people" then well, I've got a swamp to sell you. Or, maybe I'm wrong. Talk amongst yourselves.

https://www.publishersportal.com

DAB (Discover a Book) announces a low cost service for self-published authors that puts an excerpt of their book in front of key book buyers throughout the US - increasing exposure and sales.

The service - called Publishers Portal (www.publishersportal.com) - creates a text excerpt from the first chapter of an author's book that is formatted to display well on both computers and mobile phone/tablet devices.

• distributes that excerpt to websites for display in catalogs of libraries, online retailers, book distributors and other sources of book information, and

• gives authors an html/xml text file of their first chapter excerpt to use however they choose by linking it to websites, blogs, Facebook or Twitter

Betty Greenfield, President of Publishers Portal and DAB says "Discoverability is key to book sales. Book buyers like to sample books by reading a little bit while searching online. If they like what they read, they buy the book. The availability of excerpts has been found to increase the sales of a book by 7%.

Publishers Portal markets an author's book by letting book buyers read from the first chapter at the moment they are searching for what to buy or read next."

Authors can take advantage of the distribution and reach of Publishers Portal by using its website (www.publishersportal.com) where, for only $35/book, they can upload the 13-digit ISBN, title, sub-title, author(s), copyright holder, copyright year, table of contents and about ten pages of initial text or the full book from which DAB extracts the excerpt.

Excerpts are made available to e-commerce book-selling sites, book distributors and libraries within two weeks of upload.
 
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It depends on who they are actually targeting with their database. If this information actually gets in front of book buyers at libraries and bookstores, then it is valuable. If it is a "throw enough crap against the wall" thing where it just has the excerpt hang out there in lala land, then it is useless. For example, if you told me that for $35, my book will be included in a catalog that is seen by 10,000 librarians, I'd be all over that. But I have print titles in distribution available for libraries. It wouldn't make sense for someone with ebooks that are only available on Amazon. If, as I suspect, this is more of an "open to the public" thing where they just spam your excerpt on whatever sites will take the RSS feed, it is pretty useless.

 

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Bards and Sages (Julie) said:
It depends on who they are actually targeting with their database. If this information actually gets in front of book buyers at libraries and bookstores, then it is valuable. If it is a "throw enough crap against the wall" thing where it just has the excerpt hang out there in lala land, then it is useless. For example, if you told me that for $35, my book will be included in a catalog that is seen by 10,000 librarians, I'd be all over that. But I have print titles in distribution available for libraries. It wouldn't make sense for someone with ebooks that are only available on Amazon. If, as I suspect, this is more of an "open to the public" thing where they just spam your excerpt on whatever sites will take the RSS feed, it is pretty useless.
I suspect, as you probably do, that it's more of the "we'll make it available to people/libraries, but we can't make sure they'll see it" type of thing. I'd pay if it was legit as well. My spidey sense says it's a play to grab $35 from a few hundred thousand authors who dream about getting into those places. It's almost just priced perfectly. Not too high, not too low. Perfect enough to gamble. A value bet, per say.
 
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Well if I can be completely shameless for a moment, for the low, low price of nothing, speculative fiction writers can be included in the Independent Reader's Guide to Independent Books, which will be marketed directly to libraries and book club administrators.

Right now, I'm just taking horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, but if the first books do well I'll expand the program to other genres.
 
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