Alternatives to Pronoun: By Sai Marie Johnson – An Indie Author’s Guide to Expanded Distributors & Aggregators for Self-Publishing


Pronoun’s Closing: What Now?

written by Sai Marie Johnson



Today the announcement that Pronoun would be closing came as a sudden and unexpected shock to the indie publishing community. I have decided to gather together a list of places that can serve as viable alternatives for the indie author who is seeking for expanding their distribution channels with the easiest methods possible.

Here is a list of some of the great places still available to fulfill this need:


BookRix – BookRix is a free self publishing platform that offers eBook distribution services to independent writers. Our users can share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover new books and authors – all in one place. We make eBook publishing easy and indie reading fun!

Smashwords – an ebook aggregator providing ebook distribution to all markets except for Amazon/Kindle. SW offers many features and perks, including library distribution, marketing tools, the SmartAuthor Podcast, author self-interviews, gifting, coupons and more.

IngramSpark – a both a print book distribution service ebook aggregator. Owned by Ingram (largest book distributors globally), with quite a large reach. Most other aggregators “sync” into Ingram’s distribution service, so you don’t have to use IngramSpark to get Ingram distribution. A plus to note is that IngramSpark is the only service that offers both ebook and print book distribution in a single dashboard.

***IngramSpark distributes Kindle formatted books to Amazon but Draft2Digital and Smashwords do not.***

Draft2Digital – Draft2Digital doesn’t have a style guide. Their goal is “to support your style guide.” Just send them your Word doc, RTF or EPUB file and they’ll convert it for distribution to Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo and Scribd

Amazon KDP – Amazon’s tool for self-publishers to upload ebooks in Kindle format for the sale on KDP.

CreateSpace – an online paid-on-demand (POD) book publishing platform with free expanded distribution programs that make books available in paperback on B&N, Kobo, and other brick-and-mortar stores.

Gumroad – makes it easy for you to sell your book directly from their store or on your own website using a WordPress widgets. Simply upload the digital files to get started.

Lulu – Lulu offers you the expertise, independence and flexibility to create, buy and share what you love with the world. We are passionate about providing a remarkable experience for you to tell stories, share knowledge and fulfill your creative potential.

Lulu was founded after Bob Young had an unsatisfying traditional publishing experience with his book Under the Radar, which was based on his success as the co-founder of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT). Bob was determined to establish a more effective and profitable route to publishing. This remains a core tenet of’s mission — making content creation and consumption a simpler and more rewarding experience for people around the world.

BookBaby – Founded in 2011, BookBaby has grown to become the nation’s leading self-publishing company. Led by a crew of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists, BookBaby is dedicated to helping all writers publish successfully.

Peecho – Self-publishing via Peecho is easy and it doesn’t cost you anything. You only need a digital file. Do you have a PDF file of your book or magazine? Just upload your PDF and copy your personal piece of code into your website. A print button will appear on your website and your publication will be published online. Anyone can click on the print button and turn your PDF into a printed book or magazine. We only print professional products. You can sell your publication as a magazine, softcover book or hardcover book. All our products are perfectly bound. It doesn’t matter if you sell one or one thousand copies of your publication. Peecho is a print on demand company, so no minimum volumes are required.



Published by saimariejohnson

Editor-in-Chief of News for Lane County, Author/Writer for Blushing Books, Owner/Creator of InfinityxCreations.

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