As a baseline, I will only consider DRM-compliant outlets.
I’ve been up on Kindle with 35 titles since May. January will close as my best month ever. In six months, my royalties from Kindle will double because of a unilateral move by Amazon. I have my problems with Amazon, but I’m essentially happy with their Kindle operation. I’ve been on their pay list for years. They always pay for what they tell you they sold.
I did a bunch of work to get five titles up on Mobi. It was a wasted effort. They sold one book to Amazon’s few hundred in the span of two months. I pulled my titles, except the one they insisted on keeping because one copy had been sold. They’ve made not one sale since though that title is popular on Kindle. They owe me $3.50 I’ll never see.
I uploaded ten articles to Scribd. They sold one once. I pulled my stuff down except for that one, which they want to keep to service the guy who spent $1 on it. Is Scribd even live now?
I just completed uoloading 35 titles to the Sony Reader store. It took five months for them to respond to my initial sign-up request, then they rushed me to sign a contract and begin uploading. I uploaded the first four titles on 1/15. They’re not live yet. Five minutes after I uploaded the last six titles, they called to rush me to finish. No one can tell me when my first titles will go live. Is anyone buying Sony Readers? I did the work, now I’m a skeptic. To put it mildly, I’ve run into no “book people” at Planet Sony.
Fortunately, six minutes after I uploaded the last files to Sony, Kobo sent me a contract and publisher questionaire. Took them only three days to get back to me. They’re in a rush too, but it looks like the ePubs I prepared for Sony can be recycled (without more work, I ask) to Kobo. I hold out way more hope for Kobo than Sony because Kobo is aimed at the smartphone zillions of people want to own anyway; there’s no danger of smartphones being eclipsed by anything on the horizon. Also, like Kindle, Kobo offers a standalong reader (Adobe Digital Editions, actually) that can be read on your desktop, notebook, netbook, etc. (Kindle eBook sales doubled when their proprietary Kindle for PC became available.)
B&N, which is in dead-man-walking mode anyway, snubbed me and my 35 titles as too small to matter. This is why B&N is dead meat anyway. Have these idiots begun shipping Nook? Have they sold any Nooks? Does anyone care? Do I have to keep a straight face whenever I think, write, or say “Nook?”
That’s as far as I’ve gone.
Any other reports from the trenches?