Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Two-Cent Tuesdays: War is Over
Last week my "publisher" of A Hero's Journey announced they were taking all books off Smashwords and just publishing on Amazon now. Does it come as a surprise that I support that decision? Because I do. As they said, Amazon has pretty much won the publishing war, at least here in the US. In Europe the Kobo is a big deal, but how many people do you know who own a Kobo? As for the Nook, B&N isn't going to make those anymore so they're pretty much like VCRs or CD players at this point.
The other advantage is that now they can put it in KDP Select so I can have up to 5 free days a month. That might help generate some sales, the way offering Chance of a Lifetime free has helped create sales for the sequels and possibly other books in my inventory.
[BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The first of those free days will be August 26-August 30, so before you go off on your Labor Day holiday, why not pick up some epic superhero action? Also, leading up to this from August 21-25 the Tales of the Scarlet Knight promo comic will be free on Amazon, so if you have a Kindle Fire or something you can read that to whet your appetite for the main course. ]
Now, will I be taking all the books from my imprint off Smashwords and B&N to follow suit? Probably not. I like the idea of having all my books in a variety of formats, so if someone does have a Kobo or Nook or they want a PDF or something they can get it. And it's free to keep them listed so since I've already got them there, why go to all the bother to take them down? An added benefit is I get free copies off Smashwords as the publisher so if I want to edit one of the books I can download a copy for my Kindle. Or if I lose the book's file on my computer, I can download an RTF version of the book to replace it. (I should be able to access the original but since I use "ghost" names on Smashwords their stupid system claims I am not the author even though I obviously am.)
But to get back to their logic, most of my sales come from Amazon. I had a good burst for the Nook January-March but then it nose-dived to where I only sold 2 copies of books in June! That number rebounded in July and August, but it's still less than 10 books a month. And as I said, the Nook is going to become an outdated format pretty soon since it's been a boondoggle for B&N.
As for Smashwords, I rarely sell anything through there. Even the FREE books don't sell as well! I mean on Amazon I've given away probably 2,000 copies of Chance of a Lifetime by now whereas on Smashwords in that same amount of time I've given away a tenth of that. I have no explanation for that. Maybe people just don't use Smashwords. Maybe there's too many books on there. Whatever the reason it's fine for publishing books but it's pretty lame for selling them. About the only good thing is making it Free there means eventually you might get your book free on Amazon and then it's off to the races.
So, do you agree with this logic? Is publishing except on Amazon doomed?
BTW, if you want a copy of the Hero's Journey ebook in other formats, I made sure to rescue a copy of those files before they pulled it. If you email me, I can send you a copy for Nook, Kobo, or whatever other format.