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.

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