I’m making my books Kindle-only

At the risk of helping to perpetuate Amazon’s vice-like grip on electronic publishing, I’ve decided to enrol my books in its KDP Select programme. There are various upsides to that, but it does mean that the books must be exclusive to Amazon.

I don’t think I’m going to upset too many people – of the 2,100 copies of Coffin Dodgers I’ve sold so far, about 2,000 of them have been via Amazon – but if you really want to read Coffin Dodgers or Bring Me The Head of Mark Zuckerberg and don’t have a Kindle device or one of the many Kindle apps, then drop me an email and I’ll send you the book(s) in the right format for your device.

I’ll blog more about KDP Select and my ongoing e-publishing adventures soon.

6 thoughts on “I’m making my books Kindle-only

  1. Gary says:

    There are a few things, but the main thing is the ability to make your title(s) free for up to five days over a certain period. Smarter heads than mine have suggested that a freebie is worthwhile because it gets you into more “also bought” lists, which are the primary sales generator on Amazon.

    There’s definitely a huge difference between being recommended in that way and not – my US sales are still near-zero (5 this month so far compared to 277 in the UK), and my non-Amazon sales *are* zero as far as I can tell.

    As I say, there’s more to it than that but that’s the biggie. However, I may change my mind if Apple’s publishing event is about a Kindle Direct Publishing alternative – although my money’s still on it being about textbooks, not self-pubbers.

  2. Gary says:

    It may be a coincidence, but within 24 hours of making Coffin Dodgers a Kindle exclusive it shot up the charts again. I’m not saying Amazon is favouring exclusive content in its recommendation algorithms, but…

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