Thursday, November 15, 2012
Why You Don't Need a Kindle to Read Kindle Books
First off, I should tell you why all my sales and promotions involve solely eBooks:
1) I do NOT have any control whatsoever in the selling price of printed books. They are already as cheap as they can get and both I and my publisher hardly make anything at all even when they are not on special. The VENDOR makes most of the money, followed by the printer. Paper and binding and ink aren’t free, no matter what anyone tells you. If you see a paperback sale on Amazon, that is Amazon “magnanimously” waiving a portion of its already-bloated profit. They do that at THEIR whim and they don’t even notify me or my publisher so we can advertise it. The few times I have noticed one of these sales and spread the word, the sale ends as soon as one person takes advantage and then I look like a fool for sending people to a sale that doesn’t exist.
2) There is no mechanism for changing the price of paperbacks once the book is published. Even if my publisher and I decided to forego every cent of our meager cut in order to promote the book for a short period, it cannot be done without producing a REVISION that would actually put us in the hole. It is just logistically impossible. When I give away a paperback as promotion, I do so AT A LOSS. I still have to BUY the books myself and while they may cost a little less than what you pay, they are not free by any stretch of the imagination.
While I do not share the sentiment, I can accept that some people still like the smell of paperbacks or the tactile experience they offer. If you still like dead tree books and are willing to pay distributors for the privilege of selling them to you and the pulp manufacturers so they can plant more trees (yes, they ARE sustainable) then more power to you. I can’t help you on the price, but I will make them available.
3) Ebooks are completely different. I have much more control over the price and can change it any time of day or night, with few restrictions. I make more than Amazon (or any other vendor) on each sale and there is no middleman or materials cost involved. Ebooks are INFINITELY better for authors. I also happen to think ebooks are better for READERS, too, but that is another story.
Okay, so now you know why all my promotions are, of necessity, always on eBooks.
But I digress. Let’s get to the HOW.
1) You can read Kindle books on TONS of OTHER devices. Amazon offers FREE apps for every conceivable piece of electronics you could possibly read on. Whatever device you’re using to read this blog post can also be used to read books. Click here to find apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows phones, PCs, Macs, and more.
Calibre. You can also use it to convert any of your own documents (Word or Open Office) to your preferred file type, so you can read it on your Nook or Sony or iPad or whatever.
For the few of you who feel like you would be cheating me to download one of my books without paying: DON’T WORRY! When you download for free, you help my Kindle rankings, which means my book is seen more when it is NOT on sale and I therefore get sales later because of your free download. Besides which, my entire reasoning for making a book available for free is that I hope to hook you enough that you’ll be willing to pay regular price for my other books. If it still bothers you to get something for nothing, then pay me back by leaving a REVIEW. These are incredibly important to indie authors. I do NOT ask people to give glowing reviews. Just be honest. If you HATE it and say why in an articulate way that isn't personal, then you STILL help me. Really.
Posted by Caprice Hokstad at 7:21 PM