03-20-2012 02:34 PM
Since ER is free, what reason is there for not signing up?
Also, I notice that one of the terms is that I have to purchase a copy. Have already done that. So stupid question....I don't have to buy yet another copy once I opt in, right?
06-15-2012 11:26 PM - edited 06-15-2012 11:28 PM
The big roadblock for me is the "retail markup" requirement. I can sell my book, a 485-page hardcover, directly on Lulu for $24.99 and make about a dollar in royalties. The retail markup calculator tells me this same book with a retail markup on Amazon would wind up at nearly $40 with no royalty at all.
Sorry, but I'm not a big name and I can't command 40 bucks for my book.
Maybe I'm missing something?
06-16-2012 03:15 AM
06-16-2012 12:59 PM
The book is a 485 page hardcover with dust jacket. It's not my primary sale version (I have Kindle and softcover versions on sale), but I would like it to be available on Amazon as a choice for libraries and such.
It costs me about $24 to buy one, which is reasonable for a single print-on-demand book of that kind. I add a dollar to that for direct purchase by the public (I'm not looking to get rich on the hardcover version), but the retail markup calculator almost doubles the price for Amazon sale.
Now, I don't know if Amazon would try to sell it at that price, or maybe put the $40 price down as the "list price" and sell it for a much more reasonable lower price. Only way to find out would be to go ahead on it.
Unfortunately, as I understand it (might be wrong), once you agree to "go Amazon" with Extended Reach, you can't sell your book directly from Lulu any more at the old lower price.
06-16-2012 01:36 PM - edited 06-16-2012 01:37 PM
Whoops. I spent so much time looking at the trees, I forgot to look at the forest.
According to this, hardcovers aren't even eligible for Extended Reach. Perfect bound only. Perhaps the production costs that result in the high retail prices I was complaining about are one reason for this.