My wife has a Kindle. When I wrote my first stories I formatted them for the .mobi scheme used by Kindle. But I was keen to branch out so at Christmas Santa brought me a Nook (from the Barnes&Noble stable) and my mother had a Kobo from …. erm, not sure where they come from but they’re kind of affiliated with WHSmith here in the UK.
Anyhoo, Kindle = .mobi. Kobo, Nook and pretty much everything else is .epub. They’re fairly similar, but the .epub format needs extra tags and things that at the time were too much work for me to get my head around.
Now, on the brink of releasing ‘Lament for the Living’ I had intended to publish it to Kindle, and also to the Nook via pubit/nookpress. That was until I discovered that I can’t.
Why? WHY!? Why can’t I publish to these other services? Because I’m not American, or rather, because I don’t live in the USA.
I contacted Nook UK customer support asking them when/if they would be allowing UK authors to use their service but the speedy (but unhelpful) reply was to contact B&N directly. So I emailed them…. no reply so far.
So it looks like Amazon are cornering the market in more ways than one, and for UK authors they seem to be the only real option (except for publishing through Smashwords and having them propagate through to B&N and others – but why should we?!).
On a side note, so far I have bought zero books for the Nook. Yes, that nada, nil, not a sausage, and while they continue to exploit and ignore the UK market I’ll not be buying any for it either.
Should have bought a Kindle 😦