The current, though admittedly, very abnormal situation illustrates how having your book as an ebook, as well as print, is a good idea.
Let’s be honest. No one ever HAD to have that book they ordered next day delivered. Frankly, even before this pandemic, I thought Amazon should give the Prime buyer the option of not shipping something next day. It would help all those overworked delivery services. And those who have the ability (car, health, money), once this thing is over, shouldn’t we be going to stores and buying our books if we can? You know, support your local bookstore, maybe even a local author!
Amazon has announced via Seller Central that they will be slowing book delivery to prioritize medical and food delivery in the US and EU. What does that mean for authors and book sales during the COVID-19 crisis?
This post by Randall Wood explains a lot when it comes to where to publish and why. And if he is correct ( haven’t read this any place else so I’m a wee-bit skeptical), he also explains why their additional distribution channels do little to actually sell more of your books. I don’t know where he got his figures from, but they are very interesting.
The only thing I would add is, I would print in one additional place – from a brick and mortar printer of your choice. Most do POD nowadays.
Many Indie books stores do take self-published books (usually at a 40% discount) but since Createspace takes 50-55% anyway (I heard it was 50% if you published through createspace and 55% if you printed it yourself and you sell it on Amazon yourself), you’re way ahead in the profit category if the indie bookstore takes a book you had printed yourself.
Serendipity and Samples Can Save Barnes & Noble – Bloomberg.
I don’t think Virginia’s idea of a Barnes and Noble book warehouse/membership house would work. Sounds like a library to me. But it is a good question whether B & N can survive. Smaller stores might be a better idea. If they go under, my guess is the indie bookstores that have managed to stay afloat will still be around and can fill in the gap.
I am no fan of B & N since they make it very difficult (if not impossible) for indie authors to put their books in their stores (unlike the sadly defunct Borders), but I do buy from them on occasion.
As with most things, time, and the pocket book, will tell.