Last month, at the MWA-NY panel, my fellow panelist, S.W. Hubbard, was telling me how her ebooks were only available on Kindle and that she felt the decision resulted in more sales. As an indie author, she felt it was the best decision.
I had taken the opposite approach with The Six Train to Wisconsin. I had made it available across all ebook platforms (Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, iBooks, etc.) when it was published in 2013.
At this point, I have close to three years of sales data and I can say that the bulk of my sales are on Kindle. About 90% of my ebook sales.
So just from a cost perspective, it makes more sense to format one ebook for Kindle and not for the other platforms.
My other book, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, was published by a small press. They originally released it across all platforms. But after three months of sales, they decided to opt in to Kindle exclusivity to keep the book on the Amazon Bestseller lists and also generate more visibility on Amazon.
I think they made the right decision.
And I decided to explore the pros and cons of Kindle exclusivity (using KDP Select) with The Six Train to Wisconsin. So for the rest of this year at least, The Six Train to Wisconsin will only be available in ebook format from Kindle.
And I also will be releasing Six Train’s sequel as a Kindle exclusive ebook this fall.
Here’s my Pros vs. Cons list to this decision.
Amazon lets you buy Kindle ads for your book. These ads appear on Kindles and also on Amazon pages.
Your book is part of Kindle Unlimited and you get paid for pages read even if no one actually purchases your book.
You can run Kindle Countdown and Free Book Deals for your book and Amazon promotes them.
Your sales are concentrated on Amazon and it helps your Amazon Bestseller ranking.
Readers who don’t have Kindles or the Kindle app cannot get the ebook.
Smashwords allows gifting without paying for the book (using coupon codes). I don’t think Kindle does.
Any thoughts on the pros and cons of going with KDP Select? Has anyone else had experiences with it?
Author friends–if anyone is interested in donating a copy of his/her paperback to a great charity auction, please read on.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury in CT has an annual fundraising dinner and auction in April. The nonprofit focuses on helping adults improve their literacy and become better employees, parents, and citizens.
They asked me to reach out to fellow authors for book donations. They will provide a thank you letter for the book that can be used for a tax deduction for the donated copy.
Approximately 300 people in the Waterbury area attend the dinner and auction. The books are auctioned off and help raise money for the organization.
If an author is interested in donating a signed copy, please write “Thanks for supporting Literacy Volunteers!” and sign the copy and mail it to me.
I need to receive all books by April 1, 2016. If you’re interested, please shoot me a quick email at kourtney(dot)heintz (at) yahoo.com or comment below and I’ll email you my mailing address.