Frequently Asked Questions
Does Kobo Writing Life cost anything to join?
Nope! Plus, Kobo Writing Life will automatically reformat your Word, OpenOffice, or Mobi files into ePubs for free.
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 eBook will work on a smartphone or tablet, or any other open eReader, making it simple to sell through your own website.
How do I get paid?
We pay you in your currency and by direct deposit monthly once you've earned more than $100. If this payment threshold isn't met we issue payments biannually.
Who owns the rights to my books?
You do! But if you’ve got a deal with a print publisher, you may want to check whether they own the rights to your eBook at home or abroad.
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.). It might not sound all that interesting, but it’s essential for getting every eBook up for sale in the Kobo Ebookstore.
We’ll guide you through the metadata process as you go through the publication steps. It’s a lot easier than it sounds, we promise!
Can I protect my content?
We make it simple for you to protect your books. Just select the Digital Rights Management (DRM) option when prompted and your content is protected.
What is your content policy?
You can find the Kobo Content Policy here.
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. You do not need to have an ISBN to publish your book into Kobo’s catalog – if you do not enter an eISBN, Kobo will assign a dummy number for you. However, if you wish to have an eISBN, you can visit the International ISBN Agency to find the agency responsible for issuing ISBNs in your region.
Where else can Kobo distribute my eBooks?
We’ve got partnerships around the globe with booksellers, big and small. Once you’ve set your publication regions, your eBooks will be available in all of our partner countries. Don’t forget to spread the word about your new eBook! There are new fans waiting to be found all around the world!
I’m a publisher with a huge backlist of titles and I’d like to make them available on Kobo. How do I do it?
We’d love to have you! 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.