Wednesday, July 20, 2011

100 sites for fiction writers: #33 - XinXii

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.


More and more writers are turning to self publishing in e-book formats. So far the majority of digital publishing is focusing upon the U.S. and to some extent in the U.K.

Why is this so?

One could argue several reasons. The larger audiences are to be found in those countries, as are the companies making available the technology to self publish e-books. Other reasons abound.

But all that is changing. E-books are becoming more popular in other parts of the world, and it is an unwise writer who does not pay attention to these markets.

To help writers reach other parts of the globe, XinXii offers an online spot to sell e-books and other documents in various formats. As of right now the site is available for use in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. For sales, the site allows writers to make use of three different currencies: U.S. dollar, Euro, and British pounds.

Somewhat like Amazon's KDP program, a writer can go to the XinXii site, create a membership, then upload their e-books to sell. Writers get paid either 40 or 70 percent of sales, depending upon pricing, which the author gets to set. Payments are made through Paypal once a minimum threshold is reached ($27 U.S. dollars), but remember that you have to request a payment.

Currently XinXii accepts documents in 15 different formats, enough to ensure that almost every writer will be able to work within the site.

Started in Germany initially, the site now proclaims itself "the leading digital self-publishing platform in Europe." I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounds good. Amazon might argue with them about this, however, but XinXii is actually based out of Europe, so there's that.

An added bonus with XinXii is the site also allows writers to sell their own audio books.

It's nice to see more potential for e-book authors, especially outside of the U.S. Hopefully this is a market that will continue to grow.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

ooh, this is a good link. Thanks for the heads up on this.