03-29-2012 10:52 AM
Hey everyone! I feel like I have not checked the message boards in forever! Anyway, I am sure some of you (probably lots, actually) have your books available on Amazon for the Kindle. They have the book borrowers fund for people who write for Joy and not for money. I signed up for KDP borrowing and within 4 days I have sold 7000 e-books. I won't make a penny, but the work I created is out there in the world and I am super happy. I never expected riches or fame from my books, so this was perfect for me. I encourage everyone to check it out! Good luck and I wish you all the best. Happy Spring !!!
03-29-2012 01:39 PM
My name is Yaffa and I am interested in knowing how you market your work? I am the auther of "Shifting Motives" just published the book the end of Feburary this year. Thanks
03-29-2012 02:10 PM
It would be interesting to know how many Lulu users do also put their ebooks on Amazon Kindle, because Lulu don't put them there! I know my ebooks are not on Amazon because there are only so many hours in a day to do things in. (Some of the printed books do have a 'click here if you wish to buy this as an ebook' button that says Amazon will get on to the publishers if enough click it. What is "enough" though?)
I am not sure "sold" is the right word if they are free (It's still a worthy figure though). It would also be interesting to have known how many you would have sold if they had not been free! Just imagine, 7000 sold at $1 profit each
03-29-2012 02:25 PM
I recommend you set up a preview so people can be tempted to read more, thus buy the book. I also recommend promoting your book using Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and your own blog. You might also want to get your book on Kindle and iBookstore.
Good luck to you.
03-29-2012 02:26 PM
Good for you, Lynn. How much is your regular price at Kindle? Maybe you can lower it to $1 and get it off "borrowing"? Kevin is onto something.
03-29-2012 06:33 PM
03-29-2012 09:22 PM
I'm not sure why Amazon considers it a sale when it is free, but I just roll with it. I am enrolled in the borrowing program and I will receive 35 cents whenever someone borrows it from the library but not if they share it. Those sneaky people at Amazon are so crafty
03-29-2012 10:31 PM
I took the plunge and Kindleized my Lulu paperback "A Place to Lay My Head". It was already available as an eBook on Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, and Lulu but friends with Kindles were waiting to see it on Amazon. It was certainly worth the effort to do the conversion. I've sold more eBooks on Amazon than all the other venues combined. I didn't opt for the KDP program because Amazon requires you to give them exlusive marketing rights (or whatever it is they want from authors who want to give away their books). Since my book was already being advertised on Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, and Lulu, it didn't make sense to me to pull those off the market. Still, Amazon is the big boy on the block and if you want customers, it would be foolish not to use them. I'm still waiting for them to list my paperback for sale (it was published in December 2011 but still hasn't been picked up by any of the book market places).