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Do Select borrows help rank?
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:02:07 AM »
Just that. Do Select borrows help sales rank?
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 07:02:56 AM »
Definitely. I'm not sure if it's a 1:1 correspondence, but it looks like it to me.

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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2014, 07:08:26 AM »
That's so cool. I had my first book in Select when the program first started and I reaped the early benefits when I did a free promo with it. Boy, did I reap!  :P But I only had the one book out and it lost momentum. After that, I waited until I had more books out before doing a big promo, so I stayed out of Select. However, after getting all my 1099s in, I realized the other channels just aren't doing anything for me. I figured borrows would bring in more revenue, so I put books 2 & 3 in yesterday and got 5 borrows already. (I know that's chicken feed for some, but I'm tickled to death.) What's the range for the borrow rates these days? I haven't paid attention to that either in a long time.
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014, 07:10:11 AM »
Off the top of my head (being too lazy to go look) I think the low was about $1.80 and the high around $2.30 over the last four or five months.

The best, of course, is when you get a borrow on a .99 title... essentially making a 200% commission on the transaction.

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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2014, 07:14:31 AM »
Thanks, Shawn! Very helpful. And it's still better than what I'd been making in the other distribution channels. I know many people have good success--sometimes even better--on Nook/Kobo/etc,--but after three years, I'm still not.
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Re: Do Select borrows help rank?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2014, 12:48:48 PM »
You're welcome, Donna.

I've had most of my titles perpetually in Select from the beginning. I'll never know how I might have done on these other platforms, of course, but I've had almost 2,000 borrows in that time period and that takes some of the sting out of it.

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