So on Monday I wrote about my displeasure of Amazon’s Kindle Store charging authors (all authors, although I listed indie authors, this goes for publishing houses that reached out too) for delivering the kindle file.
I’m trying to be as helpful and open as possible so other indie authors can learn from my mistakes.
I have a sneaking suspicion this whole article is just an covert plug for the book repeatedly mentioned in it.
Got called out for selling my book, which you can purchase conveniently in the sidebar or at that Travel Book website. Andrew Hyde wrote and self-published a great-looking travel book and put it up for sale on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and an indie marketplace called Gumroad that retails the PDF. One of the things that’s happening in 2012 is that self-publishing of books is no longer a quirky outsider effort, but instead more and more often being seen as smart alternative to getting picked by the mainstream houses. The feeling that your favorite writer is standing at a box in a park just yelling random dribble at passersby hoping someone is listening. I hope in the author’s book they get to the point quicker than they did in this blog post. What he found is that a ten-dollar ebook with lots of pictures brings home quite different earnings, depending on the vendor.
According to one indie author, Amazon doesn’t offer such a great deal when it comes to self-publishing.
A rising star in the tech field, The Verge shows why with their thoughtful coverage omitting the sensational parts of the story. When looking at Kindle Direct Publishing’s advertised 70 percent royalty rate, one would assume that 30 percent of each sale would go to Amazon with the rest going to the author.


Here’s a must read for any cartoonist contemplating creating and selling an ebook of their cartoons on Amazon’s Kindle market. This is very much worth reading, if you’re an indie author or someone who wants to support indie authors. I keep a close and interested eye on the world of ebooks, and I’m pleased to report that it keeps getting weirder.
Thanks for the continued transparency and for sharing all this info, it’s incredibly useful for authors. I’m of the school that believes it is easier to sell 5 books with a $2 profit on each than it is to sell one book with a $10 profit margin on it. I have been following the Kindle closely since it debuted years ago and had never even heard of a digital delivery fee. I’m a vagabond and a minimalist that sold everything but 15 things and went on a big trip (75 countries).
Is life and love, I wondered, anything more than a fractal created through a base of habits, interfacing with the turbulence of the world? It’s not at all a secret, and in fact you’d have to work really hard to not know about the fees.
Soon the reamers and reamees might be different, but that’s just publishing evolving. His post on TechCrunch was fantastic providing real numbers to the fallacy of free debate that Seth Godin supports so much. Two comments on the numbers: One, overall it seems disappointing to have 90,000 page views but less than 900 book sales.


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After re-optimizing the file, he now takes home $6.42 per book, but his experience is still a startling look at the reality of self-publishing. The Kindle has dwindled from a vast majority to a small minority of Hyde’s sales — as he puts it, “Kindle Sales Vanish When Users Know About Their Fees To Authors” — but that’s a special case. I’m about half done with the book, and think wider circulation would be great, but ultimately it depends on what number of readers means to you. It is easier to sell one fill_in_the_blank for $8 each than four fill_in_the_blanks for $2 each. The resulting sales numbers are similar in proportion, just that I have 100x less Blog followers than you do.
With ebooks, at least in the USA, Amazon’s Kindle is dominant and everything else is irrelevant. Which ain’t necessarily so bad; some self-published authors are making a pretty good living off the Kindle ecosystem. Unlike much of the very short half-life social media content (3 hours on Twitter and FB), book sales may peak somewhat delayed, as people take more time to actually check out the book and buy it. If you hesitate buying a $10 book on a topic you’re really interested in, but impulse buy a $1 book on something tangential, you are not valuing your personal time much.



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