That concludes posting my self-published books to Amazon and 5 others - whew!
Once I started seeing what had been written up on "how to make money with Kindle" (and all sorts of extremist title copy from Internet Marketers), it was patently obvious that this was the way to go. (And I'll flesh this out more, later.)
I got the best 14 converted, and then edited another one together for grins and giggles. Out of those, they went to their various locations and all got converted and posted in a week. So maybe I ought to tell you how...
- Barnes & Noble
Those 5 cover about 90-95% of the sales. Smashwords could pick up most all of the rest, but there are 3 reasons I finally decided against using them - 1) You have to submit a Word Doc. 2) You don't have a choice about where they send your files. But Smashwords will post to Apple and B&N for you. 3) They have zero tolerance for PLR or Public Domain material - Amazon at least has rules on how to make your books based on these to fit.
What these players do:
- Kobo is only ebooks, and covers more countries than the others. It's also a very easy upload. Their specialty is international ebooks, and are rapidly moving into smaller bookstores in the U.S. with their readers.
- iBookstore gets you into every Apple product out there.
- Google Books gets you onto every Android device out there.
- And the B&N Nook is a very competitive alternative to Amazon in the ebook area, claiming 20% of the market.
- Amazon is the 900lb. gorilla in the room. Market leader and all that.