Publishers Weekly and Vook have reached a deal that will let self-published authors get access to Vook’s new e-book creation tool as well as participate in PW Select’s listing and review service. Under PW Select+, authors will receive all the benefits of PW Select as well as a host of options for using Vook’s e-book creation and publishing platform. Those benefits include conversion of authors’ manuscripts to an e-book format acceptable to B&N.com, Apple iBooks, and Amazon.com; automatic distribution within those three sales channels including full reporting; a distribution-ready EPub file for the author’s use in his or her own channels; an ISBN number (if needed); and seamless registration and integration into both PW Select and Vook. The price is $199.
“When I read Craig Teicher’s ‘game changer’ story in PW Daily about Vook’s new tool, I decided it was what PW Select had been looking for,” said PW president George Slowik Jr.
“It’s thrilling to partner with industry leader Publishers Weekly to offer this valuable proposition to authors,” said Matt Cavnar, v-p of business development at Vook. “Vook makes it easy for authors to create great-looking e-books, distribute them to the major marketplaces, track their sales, and have control over the entire process. With PW’s exceptional editorial acumen and Vook’s technology solution, authors now have the opportunity to realize their vision effectively in digital books.”
Under the regular PW Select $149 package, authors receive a listing of their title with its bibliograhic information and a brief description in the quarterly PW Select print supplement; inclusion of their title in the invitation-only seasonal announcements database on Publishers-weekly.com; a six-month, 26-issue subscription to the digital edition of PW; and consideration of their title for review.
Along with the Vook deal, which is nonexclusive, PW Select will begin listing and considering for review original e-books in the next PW Select supplement, set for July 2. Authors will be able to register for PW Select+ starting April 25, 2012; more details to follow.