Readers buy books from many places; paperbacks from ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshops, airports, souvenir shops at visitor sites, at events, launches, the charity shop, from the author direct as well as online. As for ebooks, there seems no end to the number and variety of e-tailers, the dominant one being Amazon.
Sometimes we forget that Amazon is not the only ebook gladiator in the arena; there are other choices, e.g. iTunes, Nook (Barnes & Noble) and Kobo, plus aggregators like Smashwords. An Ofcom study into consumers’ digital consumption has found that Amazon had a dominant 79% share of the e-book market in the UK (67% in the US – The Future of Ink).
Apple’s iBookstore was the second most-used e-book platform in the UK with Barnes & Noble’s Nook giving iBooks a close contest in the US. And Kobo, the Canadian company was very much in marketing mode at the London Book Fair in April. New independent players such as Libiro are popping up giving readers another option.
Independent bookshops are the Aladdin’s cave, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, from Foyles in London and Bristol to the smallest local owner/manager shop. You can find your local (UK) bookshop here:
So the choice is yours. Of course, all the Roma Nova titles are on these other platforms, here are the links for INCEPTIO to get you started:
|B&N Nook (USA)||Barnes & Noble (USA)|
|Nook Book (UK)||–|
Of course, if you’re an Amazon (Kindle) reader, don’t let me stop you… 😉
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