In a recent posting on the KWL blog, the e-book retailer talked about a new feature that had appeared for authors on their account dashboards:
Many of you have noticed a new “Author Services” tab popped up in your dashboard. This is a project we’ve been working towards for several years: offering a list of recommended professional services – cover design, editorial help, print on demand, and more – that we trust and believe offer good value for independent authors. When possible, we’ll negotiate a great discount so you’ll get more for your money.
The proposed new expanded services will include editing, print on demand, ISBN purchase and cover design. The services will be outsourced from a recommended list of service providers.
Kobo has already agreed to work in partnership with Publishers Weekly, allowing authors to submit their books for professional reviews.
Kobo is currently assessing author feedback on its proposed new author services, encouraging authors to give opinions on which services they would like Kobo to prioritise.