Book vendors

Book vendors along a street in Mombasa. Self-published authors say their books are shunned by established bookshops. They have now resorted to social media to reach their customers.

| File | Nation Media Group

Selling self-published books not easy for budding writers

What you need to know:

  • Bookshops insist books by little-known writers stay longer on the shelves.
  • Authors say they have had to foot delivery costs and contend with fluctuating sales.

Having a title under one’s name is considered the hallmark of excellence, especially amongst scholars. But distributing and monetising the books is a different ballgame that authors, more so the self-published lot, grapple with.

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