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Kobo Enhances Kobo Writing Life Making Self-Publishing Easier For Authors

Authors can now create eBooks directly within Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform dashboard

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Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced its Kobo Writing Life (KWL) self-publishing platform now offers advanced features that enable authors to easily create eBooks and edit their work directly within the KWL text editor. Since its launch in July of last year, KWL has attracted more than 17,600 authors who have published more than 100,000 titles available in 184 countries and in 54 languages. New KWL features enable authors to create eBooks directly within the KWL platform, avoiding time-consuming conversion processes when editing their work.

To further simplify the publishing process, Kobo now offers authors a way to create an eBook from scratch using an online WYSIWYG editor within the Kobo Writing Life platform, avoiding the extra step of converting a Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format document. It also allows them to tweak the auto-converted file and maintain even tighter editorial control over their eBook. The WYSIWYG editor helps ensure the layout and formatting of the file is accurately translated the way the author intends. At the same time, authors can use the feature to quickly and easily update ePub files without using conversion tools and additional editing software.

"We built Kobo Writing Life by listening to what authors need and want in a self-publishing tool, and we continue to introduce improvements and updates based on their feedback," said Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations, Kobo. "Kobo is the only international eReading company to offer authors an open self-publishing service that is author-centric. We help them connect with a global community of Readers by making it as easy as possible to create, edit, and publish their work."

Kobo's self-publishing platform has experienced tremendous success in its first year, with Kobo Writing Life titles representing more than 10 percent of the company's unit sales. Attracting best-selling authors like Bella Andre, Kelly Favor, Sylvia Day, Morgan Rice, Kate Perry, Tina Folsom, Barbara Freethy, and H.M. Ward, KWL authors are consistently ranked in Kobo's top 50 bestsellers list.

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