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  • Most of my ebook sales come from the iBookstore. I don't have exact totals off the top of my head, but here's my ranking order of where people download my stories from:

     

    My eBook sales/downloads

     

    1. IBookstore

    2. Lulu

    3. Amazon/Other

     

    Oddly enough, amazon is at the bottom of the list in my case. Your downloads could be different depending on your audience. I would upload one story/eBook to experiment and see. It can't hurt to do a test run. 

     

    Hope this helps! 

  • oncewasoncewas Librarian

    I make next to no sales on Lulu. I don't do any marketing and most of my sales come from Kindle and bookstores which carry books which have been distributed to them from Lulu and Ingrams.

     

    The Lulu bookstore is good if you are able to drive traffic to your storefront on Lulu. If you can find a way to engage potential customers, and have them go to Lulu to purchase your book then this could be the most finically rewarding option. If, like me, you rely on people finding you by chance, a bigger bookstore, such as Amazon/Kindle might prove more rewarding.

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    I have my own site (click the banner below) with links pointed to retailers who are often famous names, such as Amazon, where people automatically think to look for books. I also publish 'Kindles' directly to Amazon.

     

    Lulu does not actually market itself as a book seller, so any hits you will get you will have to generate, and the same goes for any retail site, really. If no one knows you have a book to sell and where from, they cannot consider buying it.

     

    But I also do very little to promote my books. It's too much like hard work!

  • Thanks everyone. 

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    You are actually asking a very personal question  Smiley Surprised

  • My sales are lulu and Amazon at the bottom. Ibooks and Inook are at the top. I sell 20 copies on Scribd last month. So that one might be a good place , we'll see.

  • oncewasoncewas Librarian

    Here's a statistic that may help explain the situation.

    I think I read somewhere that in Lulu's first 10 years
    of operation it had paid out $ 1 million to authors.
    Amazon Kindle is currently paying out $ 11 million a
    month to authors enrolled in KDP Select, let alone
    ordinary sales.

    If you can find a way to get buyers to come to Lulu, go
    for it; otherwise put your efforts into letting people
    know about your books on Kindle.

    Amazon Kindle engages in 'in your face' selling. You can buy a book
    with just one click, always a danger, and then they tell you
    'people who bought Book A also bought Book B' or 'We recommend
    Book XYZ for you'. It seems to work.

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