I am a very sad nerd right now. I was sent an email last week as well as a certified letter via snail mail notifying me that Rainbow eBooks web store was closing effective September 30, 2013. I’m sad because Rainbow eBooks was the first website that I found that had nothing but eBooks written by and/or for the LGBT community.
When I published my book Diary of a Gay Nerd, I had every intention of publishing it with Rainbow eBooks as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I tried advertising it more for Rainbow eBooks because I wanted to help the smaller guys as opposed to the big corporations, but alas I only sold 10 eBooks from February 2012 when I published it to now. The CEO Tammy May even had some post cards printed with my book cover on it that she took to all of the book fairs to help me sell eBooks, but that really didn’t help.
I think the problem is (this is only an assumption because I don’t know the real reason) that people with Kindles prefer to buy their eBooks directly through their Kindle, and people with Nooks prefer to buy their eBooks directly through their Nook. People who don’t have eBook readers don’t have that option unless they use the Kindle or Nook app on their phone or tablet, otherwise if all they have is their computer or laptop, their best option is to download the file directly and use eBook reading software, and even then they can still download Kindle for PC and Nook for PC. The little guys usually finish last unfortunately.
Since they are closing and I want to help them recover some of the costs from my post cards, I have lowered the price of my book down to $2.49. Get it while you can because as I said, the store is closing on September 30th, 2013. After that you will still have until December 31st, 2013 to download the file.