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Kobo Publisher Operations

Are you a publisher looking to get your eBooks into Kobo Ebookstore? Do you want to reach out to millions of readers in more than 190 countries? Well, you’ve come to the right place! At Kobo, we want to empower and assist publishers looking to supply our readers with great eBooks, all you have to do is decide how to give those future bestsellers to us!

Depending on your technical capabilities and digital production program, we employ two separate ways of getting your ebook catalog into our eBookstore and the hands of our customers. Kobo Writing Life (or KWL) an online publishing portal, or a more ‘traditional’ eBook publishing process referred to as the Kobo Publisher Operations, which utilizes publisher generated ePubs and ONIX files uploaded through via FTP.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the cost of adding my eBooks to Kobo Ebookstore and distribution network?

    There is no cost associated with placing your eBooks with Kobo. However, depending on the content files you have, if you engage using Kobo Publisher Operations, we provide an at-cost ePub conversion service. ePub conversion is free via KWL.

  2. What's the URL to upload eBooks?

    Kobo Publisher Operations allows publishers to upload their content into our system via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The FTP details required to upload content will be provided by a Kobo Publisher Operations specialist once we are ready to receive your files. However, KWL content can be uploaded through the following URL - http://www.kobo.com/writinglife. You will be required to sign up for a KWL account prior to uploading any content.

  3. What’s an ePub?

    ePubs are the industry standard for eBooks. ePubs are reflowable , so they can be distributed across a wide array of channels and devices without losing anything. That way, your eBooks will work on a smartphone or table, or any other open eReader, making it simple to sell through your own website.

  4. What is metadata?

    Technically, Metadata is data about data. When it comes to eBooks, metadata refers to the collection of information about your eBook (such as its title, eISBN, author, publisher, BISAC codes, language, territorial rights, etc.) and is transmitted via an ONIX file. It might not sound all that interesting, but it’s essential for getting every eBook up for sale in the Kobo Ebookstore.

  5. What is an eISBN and how do I get one?

    An ISBN is a number that identifies books within the sales process; eISBNs are particular to eBooks. Similar to how hardcover books have a separate ISBN than their paperback counterparts, digital editions requires unique product identifiers as well. You can visit the International ISBN Agency to find the agency responsible for issuing ISBNs in your region. Once you’re in touch, they’ll set you up with an eISBN.

  6. Does Kobo require ISBNs?

    For titles submitted using Kobo Publisher Operations, ISBNs are required. Kobo adheres to the digital publishing standards determined by international trade organizations and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is one of the standards. However, KWL does not require ISBNs for the content uploaded through that service. KWL content is provided with a unique Kobo product identifier and Publishers/Authors who use KWL are not required to procure ISBNs for the titles they make available through that service.

  7. Where else can Kobo distribute my eBooks?

    We’ve got partnerships around the globe with brick and mortar booksellers, big and small. Depending on the territorial rights of your content, your eBooks can be made available in all of our partner countries and their websites.

  8. Can I protect my content?

    Of course! The choice to employ Digital Rights Management (DRM) on your catalog is completely up to you.

  9. How do I decide whether to use Kobo Writing Life or the Publisher Operations?

    If you are familiar with terms like ePub, ONIX and FTP and have a large catalog of backlist titles, just fill out the Kobo Publisher Operations Form. We’ll review it and figure out the best way to make your eBooks available to Kobo readers everywhere.