New Ebook Promotion Tool
There is some interesting news from Draft2Digital today. D2D have a service called Universal Book Links, which gives authors a tool that lets them send readers to everywhere a book is sold online, from a single link. They allso provide author pages and book tabs, to give a home online to authors' books, even if they don't have a website. You can also promote a book, create custom carousels for a series, and send readers to a unique landing page to learn more and buy a particular book from their favorite store. This is all run from a website called Books2Read, and it just keeps improving.
A Message from the Author
I write sci-fi novels that belong to a series called Dark Galaxy, which starts with Galaxy Dog:
What starts as an ordinary invasion of an alien planet brings to light an ancient archeological site of huge importance. A young man called Knave makes a life-changing discovery there and rises from a lowly position as an infantry trooper to become a player among the powers of the galaxy.
The entire series is available to buy from Amazon.
Now Books2Read are introducing Reading Lists, which are a powerful new tool that lets an author share their books, or just the books they love, with readers everywhere. Obviously, you can showcase your own books by creating a list that has multiple, customizable carousels that showcase your books by series, preferred reading order, or even by themes. Maybe one carousel features "Science Fiction" while another features "Fantasy." It’s up to you!
Another option is that you can showcase other authors. If you have a reading list you want to share with clients or maybe people who read your blog or listen to your podcast, this could be an interesting solution. Reading Lists can be built using any Universal Book Links you’ve created, including those leading to the books of other authors! You can give your audience a list of classic genre books you recommend, or your preferred reading order for Conan novels.
The lists can be shared far and wide, direct to Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere!
You choose from a gallery of header images, or upload an image of your own. Put up an image that ties in with your theme, brand your page for a business or service, or build a banner that features a scene from your books. You can make your Reading List look and feel the way you want! Plus, every carousel allows you to add a bit of text to tell readers a little more about that group of books. Type up a description of your series, or tell readers why they should read this particular collection. You can use standard formatting (bold, italics, underline) and even include hyperlinks within the text!
Additionally, since Reading Lists are built on Universal Book Link technology, you can include your affiliate links for every book you feature! Just add your affiliate codes after you log in to Books2Read.com, and click on My Account. From there, every UBL you create will have your affiliate codes built in! And that means that every book in your custom Reading Lists will also include those affiliate codes—earning you money every time someone purchases a book through one of your lists! My list looks like this.
Unfortunately, it is not a cool widget, but rather just a screen garb of a static web page. I'm sure this will evolve in the future, however, so keep watching Reading Lists at Books 2 Read.
Also, the lists have their own hashtag! When you create your Reading Lists, share them via Twitter, Facebook, and everywhere, and tag it so the world can see them! The tag is: #ReadingLists
To end, just a reminder that the best way to support this blog is to buy one of my books. Simply go over to Amazon, or Kobo and get one.