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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Publishers Weekly reports rising sales for Google Play books


Find a new series to read with a free ebook by Tracy Falbe at Google Play.

I'm not surprised to see this news about ebook sales going up at Google Play. Its the store that Android tablets point you to pretty much whenever you want an app. And then you discover that there are movies, TV shows, and music there too.

According to a Publishers Weekly article Google Play has a substantial ebook footprint worldwide. Sixty five countries can get books from Google. And 21 of those countries joined the marketplace in just the past year.

Tom Turvey, Google’s director of strategic partnerships, was quoted saying that its ebook segment was growing and revenue was going up.

My sales have been rising every month since I started adding my fantasy books to the Play store. So far I have three free ebooks introducing all three of my series at Google Play, and sales of subsequent titles are beginning to appear, mostly in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain. I've had free downloads in many more countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, India, and Italy.

Turvey went on to say that nonfiction has been doing well at Google, and the company wants to focus on expanding its reach in that market.

I guess I should take that as a hint to get my three nonfiction titles into the Play store.

Until then people looking for a new series to enjoy can sample one or all of my series starters. 


Want some exciting historical fantasy to read on Google Play? 


Then try Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. It's free on Google Play so readers can discover my newest fantasy series Werewolves in the Renaissance.

About Werelord Thal:

Thal embodies the ancient magic of the pagan past. He challenges a world conquered by a spiritual system that denies the flesh and forgets the Earth.

Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.

Start reading this werewolf book on Google Play. The store's app works on Android devices, computers, and iPad and iPhone.


Up next is the free fantasy on Google Play Rys Rising: Book I. This novel begins the Rys Rising fantasy series that continues in Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost.

About Rys Rising:

A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk. Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles.

Be swept away by epic adventure in a magical world and read Rys Rising for free on Google Play.



Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I is a free Google Play fantasy book. After it comes The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and the conclusion The Borderlands of Power.

In Union of Renegades you'll meet Dreibrand Veta, an officer with the Atrophane Horde. And yes it's a big deal to be part of the horde conquering the known world. Dreibrand is young and ambitious. He's out to rebuild his family's fortune. But at a critical moment, he realizes he's just never going to get what he wants working for his boss, the Hordemaster Kwan Chenomet.

Dreibrand does something rash. He ends up wanted and in the company of an escaped slave, Miranda. With her two young children, she is fleeing the brutal onslaught of the Atrophane. Together they enter the Wilderness. No one ever comes back from this place.

And so Dreibrand and Miranda are ensnared by magic and pass into the world of the rys where the Goddess Onja has ruled the western tribal kingdoms for over two thousand years. She sits upon the greatest treasure. Every year it grows as warring tribes deliver their tribute. Her rival Shan lives at her side, waiting for something to change so he can destroy her.

See where this epic series takes you.

Union of Renegades is free on:

Google Play
iBooks
Nook
Kindle
Kobo
Smashwords
Brave Luck Books


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Surge in Customers at iBooks Hits One Million a Week



I'm impressed by the amount of new iBooks customers Apple just made public. This article at Gigaom reported that about one million new customers a week are visiting the iBooks store to get ebooks. The surge started with the fall release of IOS8 that included iBooks as a preinstalled app. Before it had been something a person had to search for, so many Apple users were probably unaware of it.

The figure was released during a public appearance by the Director of iBooks Keith Moerer at the Digital Book World conference in New York City.

Moerer went on to say that the rise in iBooks sales are coming through Apple phones, especially the models with larger screens that make ebook reading viable.

He also made a point to mention that content suppliers received the same terms on the sale of iBooks whether they are self published or associated with a publisher.

This is a point that I appreciate. It's always galling to know that a big company gets a better rate than a small supplier like myself.

My novels at iBooks are perfectly able to compete with fiction even from the largest publishers. The Apple audience has always responded well to my fantasy books that often earn 5 and 4 star reviews. My sales at the iBooks store have been consistent for years. Although I never break out as a best seller, at least I've connected with a steady stream of readers since distributing my fiction to iBooks beginning in 2010.

With the growing use of the iBooks store I can hope to sell more through that outlet.

Sample Some Free iBooks

I have three free ibooks distributed by Apple to over 50 countries. They serve as an easy way for readers to find out if they like my style.




About Werelord Thal:

Thal is wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting but still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.

Born of a witch and a sorcerer, he is summoned when his desperate mother casts the werewolf spell before facing torture and execution. Burdened with her magical call for vengeance Thal seeks the men that killed her. His hunt is complicated when the Magistrate’s stepdaughter Altea Kardas crosses his path. Horrified that her community is burning women to death, she can confide her doubt and fear only to Thal.

He desires her greatly but knows he will bring ruin upon her. Across Bohemia and beyond people who are different are labeled heretics in a restless world hobbled by tyrannical ignorance. The Renaissance has thrown the Holy Roman Empire into turmoil. Printed books are spreading radical ideas. Firearms are triggering a new age of warfare. And the human spirit is shaking off obedience.

Thal embodies the ancient magic of the pagan past. He challenges a world conquered by a spiritual system that denies the flesh and forgets the Earth. And he awakens within Altea recognition of these truths. She believes any risk is worth loving him until she becomes the bait in a trap set by Thal’s enemies.

My other free ibook is Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I. It's the first novel I ever published, and it has earned me a lot praise and a little hate. 

Union of Renegades is epic fantasy. It has no historical references from the real world although history in general deeply inspires my fantasy writing.

Union of Renegades is set in the world of the rys. They are a magical race with a tendency to rule over humans. They often inspire fanatical devotion from their human champions who serve them in wars against their magical enemies.



About Union of Renegades:

Have you ever looked at the facts of your life and realized your dreams won't come true? Have you ever looked into the unknown and seen opportunity? For Dreibrand Veta, a young officer in the Horde of the Atrophane Empire, these questions explode from his spirit in a fit of rage and launch him into an epic struggle. After he encounters a rare super race, the rys, he is forced to choose sides between passionate rivals and navigate his way through a foreign culture all while plotting to seize his own wealth and glory.

In this opening novel of The Rys Chronicles you'll meet a man scarred by bad deeds who answers the call of a heroic cause. An unconventional heroine will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood. And overarching it all are the rys. Their magic makes them superior to humans, but they are not above employing humans in their deadly schemes.


About Rys Rising: Book I

A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk.

Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles. 

Or get all this free reading in one place with the Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters


See all of my published work at iBooks.

Also available at other major retailers and worldwide at my website Brave Luck Books.




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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nook Loses Market Share But My Fantasy Books Still Sell There

Coverage of digital reading ebook topics tends to be harsh with Barnes & Noble. The brick-and-mortar retailer followed Amazon's entry into the ebook market with its Nook line of ereaders and tablets. Although things started out a little promising, the market share for Nook has been shrinking, and Barnes & Noble wants to ditch Nook like it's a geeky girl it only let hang around with it because it felt sorry for her. The company plans to split Nook into its own company.

A recent PC World article reported the grim news that Nooks did not fly off the shelves for Christmas. Sales of devices, accessories, and content burbled down the drain with a 55.4 percent decrease in sales compared to the 2013 holiday season.

Barnes & Noble wants to focus on its print book retail operations, which I suppose is reasonable. B&N has never been particularly "into" the internet.

It's a shame B&N is fizzling in the ebook marketplace. I've sold thousands of dollars worth of ebooks for Nook over the years. The Nook audience has always been particularly responsive to my work and I appreciate those readers. How they ever found my books within the notoriously unsearchable Nook store is beyond me, but I gained lots of readers there. I still do. I sell at least 1 ebook to a Nook customer every day, and often more.

I really do lament the apparent decline of Nook. I hope it hangs on as a viable marketplace. I still make money there. I even own a Nook and like it. Buying ebooks on it is easy, and it's always easy to sideload ebooks from independent sources on it.

Oddly about a year ago, I noticed my Nook always directing me to Google Play whenever I opened an ebook that was not from the Nook store. This made me notice Google Play, which is up and coming as big global ebook market. All android devices point people toward it, so I've been giving Google Play more emphasis in my marketing. It's accessible to people regardless of what type of Android tablet they buy. I still want to communicate with Nook readers as well, but I fear they are drifting away to other platforms.

Retailers come and go I suppose. As an author and publisher I just have to keep positioning my content where people want to shop. My sales have been growing at Google Play, so I'm hoping to recover the erosion of market share at Nook.



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Sample the fantasy fiction of Tracy Falbe

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Additionally, you can download Union of Renegades from these ebook retailers:

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Rys Rising: Book I

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