How to Sell your Ebook on AmazonSelling your eBook on Amazon
Broad or Exclusive at Amazon
If most new editors are thinking of reselling e-books, the first place they think about is Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) progam. That makes perfect business sense - after all, Amazon accounts for between sixty and eighty per cent of the global British ebook-marketplace. And who wouldn't want their books to be on the largest window display?
Amazons has developed a programme - KDP Select - that awards publishing houses for selling their products through the Kindle Store only. Lots of editors - and not just new ones - are deciding to put all their balls in the Amazon baskets. I am selling far with almost all the book I am publishing - that is, in as many retailers and sales offices as possible, in supplement to the'Zon.
Which is KDP Select? We have to look at what the KDP Select exclusivity programme actually contains before we talk about the comparative advantages of broad sales or exclusivity to Amazon. First, it's a completely optional, opt-in programme - just because you buy from Amazon doesn't mean you get exclusivity for your eBooks.
You' re required to register every song - just because you have one exclusive Kindle Store item doesn't mean you can't buy another one on the iBooks Store, Nook Store, Kobo, Google Play and thousands of other e-books. In order to register a song (and we will talk about why and if you should do it in a second or not ), you can either decide when you create the album.
In order to log in to KDP the first timestamp, activate the checkbox in the "Kindle eBook Pricing" window: Then, to log in, simply click the Select to KDP icon on the KDP dashboard: As soon as you have registered, either at the date of release or thereafter, the track is blocked for a period of 90 day.
To keep the name, you must check this checkbox until you go in there and make a new one. To delete your song, clear the check mark and allow the deadline to expire.
Going for sale on another merchant before the expression is up almost certainly earns you an evil e-mail from the races at KDP and gets the title bruised from the routine and, if you have made the error before, it can get prohibited or your bankrolling. Incidentally, just in case I haven't made it clear, unless you register your work for KDP Select, you will receive no benefits at all from the sale through Amazon alone - except that you save yourself the trouble of creating another bank or bank account elsewhere, and that you will have to be accountable for revenue from more than one resource.
So, if you choose Amazon, you must register each of your books in the KDP Select programme for it to benefit. When I first began to sell e-books eight years ago, there were some great advantages to registering with KDP Select. Though Amazon has added and deducted over the years, it still exists.
to offer promotions: But for now, these are the advantages of working with Amazon. Readers can "borrow" up to ten Kindle Unlimited books simultaneously, all for the low, low $9.99/month mark. This is a very clever business for people who are reading in large quantities - the people who are ours.
Each time a user checked out the page, Amazon tracks the page with the highest number the user has accessed. v ] - You can follow the page readings in your KDP sale report. The amount of money is shared by the number of KENPs "read" during the whole period - that is the amount each KENP makes this year.
Amazons multiply your KENP totals for all stocks this months by the percentage and add them to your bonuses. That is the most important advantage for most publishing houses - so much so that they say that they are not registered with KDP Select (the backend program) but with KindleUnlimited (this is just one of the advantages of KDP Select).
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It now makes savoir-faire to provide the longest possible number. As the average proportion per KENP is about 46/100 of a penny,[xii] you will only make your living if your things are read in large quantities. Like if someone will read all the way to the last page of a fairly average 300 KENP volume, they can only make $1.38 at most.
What if the readers discard the volume after only 50 "pages"? So because the totality of monies that Amazon is splitting for a particular Month is lodged, this has made it particularly vulnerable to cheating, and especially maddening for the fair-publishers - your only refuge in order to acquire more is to lift the totality of pages that means either to market the stern out of each track you have signed up in the programme (which you hopefully already did) by possibly withdrawing them from other dealers to qualify them for KU, or longer ledgers...
However, as more and more stocks rise to KU, the value of each KENP stock declines. That' s why, although Amazon is increasing the overall volume of the entire volume of the jar by a little every few months, the value of each KENP stock has been falling and why I have evaporated my KDP Select income.
However, in both cases you can sell the stock for up to five consecutive trading sessions over a 90-day timeframe, although you can only sell one or the other of these campaigns during that timeframe - not both. One of the things I recently talked about was the benefit (or absence thereof) of having an e-book book available for free.
When you are a relatively unfamiliar person or at the beginning of the publication of a work, this could make such advertising profitable. Another cute thing about the count down promo: It's the only way to get a full 70% license fee[ix] for a song that's (temporarily) under $2.99. Well, I must say I was in love with her when Amazon first presented her.
In contrast to free-belie celebrities, you need to keep the drive you've gained by buying more titles at a lower cost - that is, you keep the enhanced ranking. That means that your work will appear in more best-seller listings, will appear on more " also purchased " listings sooner and will therefore be easier to find.
For the last few occasions I have carried out a count down campaign, my turnover has hardly exceeded its accustomed high. Now I didn't spend much power or Money benefiting those disposals, but maybe given the tepid reply, you'll see why I might have been averse to pouring my finite Marketing Resources into them.
One of the most favored royalties for most booksellers is the 70%[x] that Amazon is offering for notebooks valued between $2. 99 and $9. 99 - or equivalent of other market. But even if your copy is available in Amazon's "Goldilocks Zone"[xi], there are certain Amazon countries pages where you only get the 70% license fee if your copy is available through KDP Select.
But if you write and publish in English (which is likely if you read it), you probably won't be selling large quantities of your literature in those marketplaces. And to be truthful, you are likely to be selling more specimens in these lands through dealers other than Amazon.
The beautiful symbioses vanished with the KENP set-up and the focus on longer KU-characters. I have since ceased to enroll in the programme, and last year I gradually let the registered books expire. I only have a KDP Select name. I offer the remainder of my books - about eighty out of twenty writers - on a broad basis.
That means they are available at Amazon, but also at Apple, Kobo, B&N, Google, Overdrive, ScriptD and many, many more. Now, unlike the KDP Select programme, the three advantages here are really simple: At that time, when I made a great deal of profit with KU, I made as much or more with "credits" as with disposals.
Since Amazon accounts for over 60% of my turnover every year, it made perfect business sense to have stocks exclusively for the KDP Select programme. Most" broad" independent and self-publishers say that Amazon sells 60%-85% of their e-book revenues. I myself, last year, I deserved 62% of my e-book donations through Kindle Sells.
During the years I was most attracted to Amazon, I made about 80% of my e-book earnings from Jeff Bezos' comany. I would, however, like to point out that this will leave 20%-38% of my earnings, which were not generated by Kindle-selling. I would also like to point out that while Amazon considers all as a US e-book selling franchise, outside the UK it is a far, far less dominating one.
As my overseas business has grown, I have become more reliant on channel like Kobo and Apple and distribution companies like Smashwords, PublishDrive and Draft2 Digital. Still: 62% of my 2017 income in ebooks was acquired by Amazon. Well, last year, for the shares registered in KDP Select, KU "borrows" accounted for 16% of the overall turnover.
No KDP Select promotions or sells in non-English language countries to make any kind of profit. As I know, some publishing houses believe that KU "loans" result in the sale of other publications. But I haven't found that to be the case; I think KU reader have got to the point where they are reading KU accounts but are less likely to be paying for accounts outside the programme.
It' like people reading only free e-books - spend a great deal of power to them is probably not worth bothering as they are not likely ever to spend enough money in order to exclude the expenses. Returning in the early era of e-books, people followed the writers. You didn't worry (quite so much) in which shop you had to buy - you bought your books everywhere.
However we have evolved customs of measuring and purchasing e-books, and most of our readers want to buy and read the textbook where they want to buy and read it, not to have to hunt it down and commute it. I buy e-books from a multitude of e-books storage sites.
I' d like to reach my reader where they are and not oblige them to come to me - especially if the file is not a standardized, protected version like the Amazon Mobile beast. When my work is available everywhere - even in overdrive and other library - then my reader can not only find the work where they are living, but also a greater diversity of reader can come across my work.
I' m using general purpose link books on my site to make it as simple as possible for the reader to use them. Amazons are not a bad enterprise. Amazons has made possible the impartial publisher revolutions of the last decade+. Some years ago, Amazon's Audible Creative Exchange (ACX) reduced the license fees for new audio books from 50% to 40% night.
Publishing houses and manufacturers had completely no resort, since Audible (and thus iTunes, which uses Audible as the sole audio book source) makes up just over 90% of the fast-growing English-speaking audio book population. Amazon's trend to provide goods (including printed books) at very low (and sometimes even negative) free shipping rates has also pushed rivals out of the arena.
Don't even get big publishers started about the types of stress that Amazoniets on them. eBooks aren't as monomeric yet - and that's the only thing that keeps Amazon from reducing our license fees as they did with ACX or require exclusiveness (instead of providing them as an option).
I' ll leave it at that - I think it's in everyone's interest - and so I make sure that I am supporting Amazon's rivals by giving them almost all my music. While I may be small potato, there are many of us independent growers, and if we make sure we don't put too many of our artisan free-range egg in Amazon's Whole Foods baskets, we can make sure that Bezos & Co. will keep treating us with the utmost care.
but it'?s the way I made it. Don't neglect to put a memento to sell the no longer exclusives track elsewhere after it is no longer part of KDP Select! iii ] There are some other organizations that have similar programs to read as many e-books as you need for a one-month (or yearly) subscriptions - especially ScribD.
Amazon has a great marketingbenefit..... because it is linked to Amazon. iv ] These "pages" have nothing to do with the real number of pages in your pocketbook. This means that if you receive a BookBub action, for example, you can only use the KDP Select actions in these two lands - the US and the UK.
I have never done much with the sale of e-books in India, although this is obviously a fast growing business. Not only is English not the only or even prime minister tongue - though it is still widely talked and widely learnt - but the costs of living there are still lower than in most other Amazon submarkets, so more expensive e-books are prone to sale very well.
If you have a cost under 99 rupiah, you will only receive the 35% license fee, even if the product is registered with KDP Select. By the way, just in case you are not sure what Amazon means by "exclusive" - no, you can neither combine KDP Select-registered securities and resell the library elsewhere, nor can you broadly distribute single securities, but can provide the package on KU.
EXCLUSIVELY means exclusively, in parts and as a whole. There are a number of books I am offering to the Joseph Campbell Foundation through KDP Select - but that's because they have an arrangement with Amazon to commercialize their new combination ebook/audiobook publications this year that hold the books exclusively for Amazon for the first year.
The revenues from these publications are included in my database as I consider them to be indicative. A side effect of eBook design for a livelihood. There are now a few alternate ways to republish e-books to a greater diversity of businesses, as well as author.