And one more. You can read the article below about the myriad of scandals on the Amazon platform. There is a lot of graft going on. While we refuse to game their system in any way, once again it is the dishonest perpetrators who are hurting everyone else …
- France: https://authorcentral.amazon.fr/
- Germany: https://authorcentral.amazon.de/gp/home
- Japan: https://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp/gp/home
- UK: https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/home
- Claim your site by clicking on the link.
- Click on the books that are yours. You might need to click through quite a few if your name is similar to someone else.
- Add your bio
- Add your photo — or photos
- Link your blog
- Enter your upcoming events
- Upload your videos
- Repeat these steps for each country site (except the blog)
- Keep these updated from time to time — especially when you have a new release.
- You might also consider making these country-specific if you have content related to that country.
- Sign in or create an account, and then search for your most popular book via ISBN, ASIN, or title.
- On the book, click on your author name. Scroll to the bottom of your author profile page.
- Click “Is this you?”
- Add your biography
- On the right, click on Videos to add videos
- On the right, click on Events to add events
- On the right, click on Edit Blog. Here you can add a Goodreads blog or link your existing blog. To link existing you need to enter the Existing Blog Feed URL.
- Add your website URL
- Add your Twitter handle
- Add the genres you write within
- You can update your bio here
- You can also add books and combine editions
This month, as I analyzed our sales, it was evident that eBooks have continued a fairly steep decline. I have been commenting on this for years and have been reading a lot of conflicting information. The chart to my left shows how much Amazon dominates the eBook marketplace worldwide. As an part-time economics professor, I know just enough to recognize a monopoly when I see one! Also evident is how dominant the US market is for eBooks. The rest of the world is not even close — the UK being a distant second.
The conflicting information I have been reading concerns some who say it is only the big publishers that are seeing a decline in eBook sales. The owner of SmashWords claims eBook sales are performing fine — IF YOU LOWER YOUR PRICE.
Meanwhile, the Amazon monopoly is a few years into the Kindle Unlimited subscription model. As this service has gained in popularity, outright sales of eBooks have continued to collapse while pages viewed in Kindles through this program have increased. However, it is evident from many sources that author incomes are DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY.
Diagnoses — Amazon took over and is now ruining the eBook marketplace by completely controlling everything. Publishers and independent authors can no longer influence how much they get paid through the service — you are at the mercy of the variable pennies paid per page. While Jeff Bezos continues to be the richest man in the world, authors and publishers are making less from eBooks.
What should we do about this? EBooks are less than 10% of our mix and they cost extra to create plus we pay higher royalties for them. It is also not profitable or sensible to try to increase our efforts on other platforms that have such a small percentage of the business. In other words, a platform that is 10% of the ebook marketplace that is a portion of our 10% of sales would only be a 1% impact. We’re looking to grow much faster than that. To paraphrase the soon-to-be Speaker of the House, “These are just crumbs!”
What shall we do?
A) Chase the crumbs — lose money and diversify among different eBook channels?
B) Drink the Kool-Aid — Go all-in with Amazon and sign everyone up for Kindle Unlimited. This means taking everything down everywhere else — yes, that is the contractual requirement!
C) Bag eBooks altogether? How many of you actually read this way anymore?
D) Protest and pull all eBooks from Amazon and only sell them on other platforms?
E) Start a class-action lawsuit charging Amazon with monopoly power. This is something the Federal Government would need to take up in an anti-trust suit.
I will be thinking about this in my spare time. I welcome your suggestions.
MECHANICSBURG, PA — As Sunbury Press celebrates its 10th year in business, we take a look back at a very special week in the company’s history. Back in May of 2007, publisher Lawrence Knorr and author Chris Fenwick joined forces to bring the fiction category to the company with Fenwick’s first novel — the 100th Human. Fenwick began a guerilla marketing campaign on the Internet using mailing lists and landing pages with special offers from co-sponsors. The book took off! It sold all over the world including Australia, New Zealand and all over Europe. It immediately began climbing the Amazon.com bestseller list in the very deep and rich spiritual (now visionary) fiction category led by such luminaries as Deepak Chopra (Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment), James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), and Paolo Coehlo (The Alchemist). The 100th Human, an action-adventure allegory for enlightment involving the purported end of the Mayan longcount calendar in December of 2012, grew in popularity and developed a loyal fan-base–especially those interested in the Mayan phenomenon. Of course, December 21, 2012 came and went, and the world did not end, nor did we enter a higher level of consciousness (at least not most of us) — but Sunbury Press was forever changed. Sincer then, the company has produced over 150 fiction titles. Below is the screen print from May 17, 2007: