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Iím not in audible or romance so none of this affects me, but Iím really confused as to Amazonís strategy. Theyíve managed to lock up I think itís 10,000 romance books into this program, but given how itís playing out, surely the more experienced authors will never sign up another book. So, did they do this just to lock up 10,000 indie romance books? How do they intend to attract new content? Are they assuming youíll all get over it and think a little something is better than nothing? And even if authors do think that, when it comes to audio the cost of production is high, not to mention the narrators wonít like this either. How is anyone supposed to earn back their investment, much less make profit?

I donít understand what Amazon expect to happen next.

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I couldnít get the link from the reports page to work either, so I cheated by googling KDP forum and picked any old thread. It let me in to look at it without logging in. New format. Apparently theyíve taken away the ability to delete posts, which will spoil some peopleís fun. Old posts from years ago are on page one of the sub forums.

Usual high quality job by Amazon - not.

I only ever scan that forum so itís not an issue, but google KDP forum if you want a sneak preview.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Gravity
« on: March 08, 2018, 05:57:21 AM »
Been shopping, Anarchist?  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The (mis)adventures of going wide
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:18:15 PM »
For anyone reading this to learn some of the quirks of being wide, we learned the hard way not to update a book once weíd lowered the price on iBooks. For some reason the pricing went back to the usual 5.99. Luckily BookBub alerted us as we managed to get it discounted again in time for the promo.

After that unpleasant lesson we now lower prices on all sites 4 days in advance of the promo run to give us time to iron out any problems. Weíve had more delays getting prices raised due to Amazon being slow and the other platforms trying to price match. It can go around in circles for a day or two.

We did have a problem with google doing random discounting (& I mean it was beyond the norm). We delisted and when we tried to relist after Pronoun folded the system forced us through a review process with them. Whatever that process is behind the scenes, the random discounting stopped (other than the standard that we all set our prices to deal with). Google tend to take awhile to get back to you, but they do eventually solve your problem.

Weíve had a few issues with nook, but they havenít been about pricing. Weíve had trouble loading one book, which they fixed in the end, but then it wouldnít show against our author name. Thatís been fixed as well, but I have to admit you do feel like your request has gone into a black hole. Google can make you feel a bit the same way. Youíre never sure if anyone is dealing with the request or will get back to you...ever...but they do.

Itís a lot more fussing if you go direct to the other platforms because there are more companies to deal with. You get there in the end, but it can feel like an endless stream of problems because any time you make a global change at least one of the platforms is a pain (& itís just as likely to be Amazon as any other).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A theory for why the Zon is killing CreateSpace
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:39:04 PM »
There was a now debunked theory in the 80s/90s that companies should set up competition within their business. That meant several areas would develop the same service/function and the ďbestĒ version won. Iíve read interviews with Bezos and apparently he still subscribes to this management tactic, whereas every other company I know gave it up as an expensive bad practice that creates too much negative friction. Bezos has been in the very unusual position of not being held accountable for making profit, so heís had the luxury of wasting money. Heís supposed to be making profit now, but Amazonís profit is well behind their dot com peers, Google and FB.

CreateSpace was purchased in 2005 when it was CustomFlix and distributing DVDs. After 13 years Iím guessing any buy out deal has been and gone, so CreateSpace has been fully owned and controlled by Amazon for quite a while. Based Bezosís management tactic of pitting areas against one another, itís possible Amazon deliberately set up two identical services and CreateSpace has lost the internal fight.

Whatever the reason, Iím not signing up to KDP Print. Iíve had enough Amazonís game play. The less dependency I have on them the better, so thatís no to audible, no to KU, and no KDP Print.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:12:27 AM »
We lowered and raised the price on B&N in the past month, and it took place within a matter of hours in both cases, so I would write to them ASAP. Weíve had a few different issues and their support can take a while to solve problems.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:11:38 AM »
You can't even use inspiringness as a measure. Some of the stuff in major museums is downright boring (to me), but it's still art. It's not really a definable category, so everyone's free to draw their line where they want. But we should take an inclusive view of those lines, IMO -- that is, accept a capacious, amorphous category rather than trying to impose restrictions.

It  becomes a problem when some people brand others as hobbyists because money isnít their first priority when they write. Usually the other side retaliate by accusing the authors making money their first priority as selling out and writing any old trash that sells.

Itís not so much an argument about art as it is personalizing someoneís opinion as being directed at you.

Badge me however you see fit, I couldnít care less. Itís not as if my self image is affected by what someone I donít know and donít care about thinks of what Iím doing. The whole subject turns into a distraction from the issues we should all be thinking about, which has nothing to do with whether what weíre writing is art and everything to do with making good decisions for ourselves.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:31:44 AM »
Is writing an art? I couldnít say because Iím not entirely sure where the line is between creating something mundane or inspiring. It depends on my mood. Some days a well cooked steak seems like art to me. Itís certainly inspiring.

Being disappointed in publishing isnít a question about art, but what makes fast money. I make money, but I wouldnít call it fast, but then Iím not trying to do that. If I did, then Iíd toss my books into KU because theyíd do pretty well in there. Iíd have to pull them out again because the low marketing cost pool in KU is quite lean. In my genres, the first 1,000 - 2,000 readers cost xyz to reach and the next batch cost abc, where abc is a lot more than xyz, but you donít get to charge more for every download.

In a highly competitive market is it ever a good idea to copy what appears to be  selling? It depends on how large the market is and you canít measure that by the number of buyers. Thanks to KU making books free to subscribers, they can consume 1, 2, 10, 100 books a day if they want. In typical fashion, KU subscribers will be on a bell-curve. At one end of the curve those subscribers donít use their KU subscription, and at the other end they download 20 books a day. The bulk of the subscribers probably skim through an average of 3 - 5 books a week (they will download possibly 3 times as many to find the ones theyíll skim through, which is why the ranks are so badly skewed to favor KU).

If the market is unlimited, as in there is no way to oversupply, then writing what appears to be popular might be a decent strategy to make money, assuming thatís your primary objective. However, I donít know of any market thatís truly unlimited, meaning unless the market is growing then there will always be a ceiling.

Which leads us to the next question? Are paying KU subscriptions growing at a pace that matches the number of books being published? I highlight ďpayingĒ, because giving away free months might add to the downloads and reads in the short term, but it doesnít represent the true size of the market as only a small percentage will convert to paying subscribers.

That question takes us into the international market. Fair to say KU has been  heavily marketed to the US, but it has yet to be tested on the global stage. This is an important point for KU players, because I suspect if there is any significant growth to be had thatís where Amazon expect to get it. Anyone in KU should be hellbent on winning readers globally, but most arenít because until the subscribers sign up (assuming they every do) then thatís not about making fast money.

I think authors in the Amazon ecosystem donít ask the right questions when it comes to KU versus not. Generally, just churning out a copycat widget in a highly competitive market just reduces the cost of the widget. Most companies want product differentiators (even if theyíre largely imagined), and copycat widgets are the domain of third-world countries willing to work for low earnings because the money goes further in their poorer economies.

Iíd want to know if KU is adding more subscribers, if those subscribers are profitable for Amazon, if theyíre global or only in the US, whether the market is being tapped out or is it being expanded. Why? Because if KU disintegrates into a low cost widget/commodity game then no one can win, not even Amazon. Donít get me wrong, Amazon can force a win for themselves by lowering the pay rate however they do it (less KENP, page flip, lower page rate, etc), but thatís the end of the line. Eventually all that will be left in KU is widgets having expensive AMS knife fights for KU downloads.

I hear the stories about people who spend a penny and are paid a bazillion dollars in KU. Hey, maybe they exist and maybe they donít. Who cares? Are you one of them? No? Then it doesnít matter what theyíre doing to make that money, assuming theyíre telling you 100% of the truth about their situation. You donít make that money. You donít know how they do that. You donít know how to replicate that in a guaranteed way. They can tell you all day long what geniuses they are, and how all you have to do is hop on one leg while whistling Dixie and you too will become a winner, but you can waste a lot of time and money following unpaid for advice.

Think for yourself. This isnít rocket science. The left foot follows the right one, otherwise you fall flat on your face. Forget about whether itís art. Who cares? Writing widgets and writing art can fail to make money equally as well. And even if you are making money in KU, then look ahead because really smart business people make sure theyíre in the right place before the future happens. In fact, thatís how most businesses stay in business, by projecting where they need to be in 2, 5 and 10 years time.

Fast money leads to short term thinking and thatís fine if you live one day at a time, but if this is your career then think harder, donít be phased by loud claims of success, and think for yourself based on who you are and your circumstances.



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This doesnít surprise me. Iíve gotten the feeling there are moves afoot behind the scenes between CreateSpace and Amazon. If CreateSpace are going to operate the same way KDP does then Iím out.

Iíve been dealing with the other platforms and PODs and itís so much easier. Donít get me wrong, weíve had a few problems here and there, but everything is dealt with in an upfront way, and they apologize when they get it wrong and accept an apology when we do.

It looks like we canít solely sell through B&N print because they only do the US. They do offer to look at putting your book instore if it sells 1,000 copies in their store in one year. I have one series thatís done that this year so Iím tempted to submit it.

Weíre also now looking at Book Baby for POD. I already have six books due to be set up for POD, but Iíve delayed them while I watched the KDP Print and CreateSpace issue unfold. This sort of thing just convinces me to keep looking at other suppliers outside of the Amazon sphere of control.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:52:15 AM »
I first published in Q3 2014 and it was a very different business even then to what it is now. I thought it was about writing and publishing books and for some of us it still is, but largely the cat 100s on Amazon have turned into a farce.

Although itís fair to say there is room for a wide range of reading interests, itís really odd how so many people want to read erotica, magic spaceships, role playing games, and sassy witches/vampires/shapeshifters/werewolves (did I miss any?), all of which are mostly in KU. I find it hard to believe that the majority of readers in the world only want these niches, but thatís what Amazonís KU download equals a sale makes it look like.

Of course, it isnít true. KU subscribers see KU books as free, which means they are less discerning when they download. They abandon downloaded books without any thought, and skim through one easily absorbed book after the next. Itís reading of a sort, but equating a free book to a paid one is lying. Even if you choke past that piece of BS, what it led to isnít survivable for most authors.

Authors realized all they needed to do was publish a bazillion books. Even if they get one download a month, thatís still a shedload of cash for nothing. Sounds like a cool opportunity, and youíve got your pen ready to sign up, but wait thereís more.

Authors copy authors, meaning when one decides publishing 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 books a month is the key to success, so do 10,000, 20,000, 100,000, 500,000 authors. Now we have books being published at a mad rate of 100,000, 250,000 and one day itíll be a million a month. Woo hoo!

Uh oh, now there are so many books with the same covers and tropes the reader canít tell them apart, so youíll need to do some serious marketing to stand out. Luckily, Amazon have just the tool for you ó enter AMS.

Whew, thought I was screwed there for a minute. Finally, my books can be seen and pages are being read. Oh no, Jeff, whatís that? A bill from AMS? But you cut the page rate to .0044, .0040 and eventually thatíll become .0030 or even .0020 (you know itís going there). Now my AMS bill is more than I was paid in page reads. That makes me sad...and poor.

Not to worry, eh. All you need to do is outrun the marketing cost by publishing books faster, but writing them takes time. Hmm, maybe I can outsource that. Surely there are some equally sad and even poorer authors whoíll let me publish their books under my name for free. Iíll share any earnings, honest.

When you understand the game being played on indies you realize youíve made a terrible mistake. It was an honest mistake in that you thought it was about publishing decent books and it is, but not on Amazon. Amazonís ecosystem has nothing to do with selling books and everything to do with using downloaded (not necessarily read) books to make KU books appear popular. In fact, itís designed to bury any book that isnít in KU.

Most books in KU have to pay AMS to be visible, so even if the books are in KU, most authors still wonít make much or any money. The price of paid books and the KU page rate (both of which are declining) are just too low to pay for AMS level costs. Originally, you needed 10,000 page reads a day to break even, then a hundred thousand, and in the future itíll be a million page reads a day just to cover the marketing costs.

I do make money publishing, but itís not critical if I donít. For someone in your position Iíd say tread carefully because you can lose your shirt in this business. Think hard about whether to enter the KU AMS treadmill game, or if marketing wide has a better chance of success. Iíve done a lot better since I left KU and went wide.

Making the right decision for you isnít about letting despondency take over, but taking a step back and acknowledging the ecosystem for how itís really working versus what people say. People may spin the truth about what they sell and why, how well theyíre doing, what their margins are, whether theyíre increasing or not, and how reliable their earnings are likely to be in a growing competitive environment.

But the model is the model, thereís no lying about the impact of a download equals a sale, the effect of loading millions of books, the cost of being visible, and a ranking system intentionally designed to bury sale only books. Youíre obviously young (compared to me) so keep it real. There is a time to dream and you might become a lucky lottery winner, but it always pays to have a back up plan to Lady Luck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are you using YouTube to reach readers? Why or Why not?
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:34:24 AM »
The only use I ever found for YouTube (other than to gawk at some of the weird stuff on there) was when a fan made a cute little clip about one of my series. She had the print copies and did a great sales job, better than I could have done. I slapped it on the first page of my website and last time I checked it had about 80 views. This same fan has been known to attend horror cons dressed as one of my characters. There are pictures of her with the gang from Walking Dead dressed as one of my ďzombiesĒ.

Itís cute stuff and I love her enthusiasm, but as for YouTube as a marketing tool, not so much. I think some people have a knack for movies and artwork in general, in which case theyíve probably got the edge it takes to make it work, but most of the book clips I see are just plain horrible. The dramatic music, the over confident voice over, the endlessly spinning cover, and the stupid question at the end thatís supposed to make want to buy. Just say no.

On the other hand, if your YouTube clip offers real information thatís supported by a non fiction book then maybe that could work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What does it mean to go wide with print books?
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:21:32 AM »
May I ask why you don't want your print books available on Amazon, the largest book seller in the world? And if you've already got books on CreateSpace and are planning to move to KDP Print, then you already DO have print books on Amazon, right? Did I misunderstand something?

Iím not moving to KDP Print and I will be delisting my books from CreateSpace once I have them set up with another POD.

I donít have to sell all mediums or books through Amazon, and I donít want to be fully dependent on them either. Quite frankly, they donít have a very good reputation for how they deal with suppliers and destroy their margins. Iíve been in this business for nearly four years and Iíve seen and experienced enough with Amazon to know becoming dependent on them is a very bad idea.

Given I plan to writing and publishing for the next twenty odd years, I want a diversified portfolio of suppliers. To that end, I removed all my books from KU over a year ago, and have been expanding onto the other platforms in a fairly paced manner. Iím setting up direct sales, which I donít expect to do much for quite a long time, but I might use the functionality in other ways. I will get into audio eventually, but not right now and certainly not in any way that will tie me to ACX. Moving my print is just another step to ensure Iím using a range of distributors.

The rank system on Amazon does me no favors, which means I drive traffic to my books on every site. It makes no difference to me whether I drive the buyer to my pages for print, audio or ebooks, or what platform theyíre on. The reality of the pay to play business model weíre in now is I can drive the traffic anywhere I want. In fact, right now it costs more to drive traffic to Amazon than it does to any other platform because there is less competition for those targets/keywords.

Print is a small percentage of my overall sales so itís an easy diversification to another platform. Just because Amazon is a large book seller doesnít make them the only one. There are a lot of good business reasons to diversify your distribution, particularly if you plan to be around in ten years. The ecosystem will look very different by then.

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I stopped advertising with email newsletters a long time ago. The ROI was way in the negatives. Readers are overwhelmed and the newsletters contain fifty books. So I began advertising with AMS which worked a treat...in the beginning. Now anything I make I'm paying back to Amazon, which also seems ridiculous.

I have a Bookbub for one of my thrillers set for Feb 26th, and managed to set up a spot in the free mystery and thriller promo in Kobo on the same day, but my normal sales in both D2D and Kobo are tragic. Believe me, I know that without advertising, books sink into the mire. So who do you advertise with, and how well does it do?

When I have a BookBub I always front load the ad with ENT, Booksends and anyone else that strikes me. I also run continuous FB ads and for the BookBub period (roughly three days before the ad and seven days after) This time I ran platform specific ads. I also boosted a post directing people to my webpage where they could choose the right link to buy. The FB ads generated a good amount of engagement. A surprise win was Twitter, where I  flicked out a new tweet for four days with the right hashtags. Each one had a different ad image and included the date when the sale would end. They generated a good number of retweets and link clicks - nothing awesome, but at least it was free.

All up I spent roughly $900 - 950 on the ads for the ten day period (including BookBub). I got the money back within about three hours of the ad going live.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide - the first month
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:55:34 PM »
This is interesting stuff - thanks. And if anyone else wants to chip in numbers, please feel free.

Iíve never tried a freebie run and sometimes I wonder whether itís worth a trial, so your numbers from the other platforms is helpful to know.

Like you, Iím interested to hear anyone elseís numbers as well, even if theyíre only expressed as a percentage.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide - the first month
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:36:47 PM »
I donít mean to interrupt your thread, but the breakdown of numbers between platforms is useful so Iíll add mine to the information mix.

A recent BookBub at 99c did the following over roughly 2 weeks:

Amazon 4,450
Nook 1,000
Apple 700
Google 350
TOTAL 6,500

31.5% of sales were from platforms other than Amazon. Iím just loading to kobo and scribd now.

Iíve been wide since January 2017 and other than the BookBub in Q1, when I also used ENT, Booksends and a few others, I only used FB advertizing in 2017. This year I trialled running platform specific ads on FB and they worked quite well. I havenít tried BookBub CPC ads yet, but I might give them a whirl for kobo.

PS. I should have mentioned those numbers are a mix of discount and full price sales. Post the sale period the full price split has been more like 40 - 60% from the other platforms versus Amazon. It seems the readers on other platforms are happy to pay more. That could be a byproduct of less books or maybe itís because they donít have KU. I donít know, but itís an interesting point to note.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What does it mean to go wide with print books?
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:20:21 AM »
When I say platform I mean other sites like iBooks, GooglePlay, Nook, Kobo, Amazon, etc. These are the platforms I can list my books on. I can go direct or use and aggregator like D2D to manage the listing.

The question about print books is one Iím working on now. I was planning to use Ingram, but apparently they auto list on Amazon and I donít want to sell my print books through Amazon. I also want to move my print books off CreateSpace because I believe KDP Print are going to take over the print.

Iím currently testing B&N. Iím not entirely sure how I can list print books through them, but there will be a way. I understand we may be able to submit books for the physical stores as well, but weíre not sure how that works yet either. Like I said, weíre testing it now. We can also sell print directly through our website, so weíll set up to sell paperbacks directly, but I doubt weíll sell many that way, at least not for the foreseeable future.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Weird Review Issue
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:55:05 AM »
I try and ignore Amazonís idiotic and erratic changes to the system, but a few months ago I noticed they stopped showing down votes on reviews. The only reason I noticed was because I had one two-star review with nearly a hundred down votes (it was a particularly stupid review and a lot of readers took exception to it, including adding half a dozen comments expressing how stupid the review is).

Why did amazon decide down votes have less legitimacy than up votes? If theyíre going to show up votes then they should show the down votes as well.

I suspect they buried one half of the feedback so we canít work how illogical the presentation of reviews are. Why are the most negative often the ones in prime position?

Like I said, Iíve learned to ignore almost everything Amazon do to the site, even the outrageous stuff where when searching for an author by name, if the unfortunate soul is advertizing through AMS, youíll see their ad first and are likely to click on it without realizing they were just charged for a search you did on their name.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have your Amazon review numbers gone stagnant?
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:10:46 AM »
I just activated our books on nook and google (again). Within a week reviews have appeared (they happen to be nice ones). BookBub has been accruing followers and reviews as well. I never bother looking at Goodreads because I donít think much of the site. Amazon, on the other hand, removed some reviews in the past 2 - 3 months and at the same time I wasnít getting many, maybe three in total for a book with 600 sales. Since selling around 5,000 books this month on Amazon I think Iíve gotten four reviews.

Maybe social media validation counts for something, but luckily Amazonís review system is quite discredited. Just read some of the reviews and you can hear how cynical readers have become about the 4 & 5 star loading game that goes on. Credibility of source counts, and nobody believes a system thatís turned into a pathological liar.

A lot of authors, if not most, have a lot more reviews than I do, but at least the ones I have (good or bad) are clearly credible, even if some are inaccurate or crazy. Iím never going to start the review loading game because itís just one more pointless wheel in a corrupt system that takes away from the real purpose, which happens to be writing a half decent book. That single objective gets lost in the endless games played out in this business. So, Iíll leave the clueless game play to Amazon and anyone who chooses to dance to their music, while I get back to writing my next book.

 8)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 30 Books to 0.01k!
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:35:29 PM »
Itís gonna be tough to live down to that challenge. What do I win at the end of it? Top view and best cardboard box under the bridge?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 03:01:56 PM »
That is true, and with consumers Amazon still has a good reputation for delivering, so I defend my comment. :)

I agree that there is simply no way to judge what Amazon may decide about KU (or much of anything else).

Not to be pedantic, but thereís a difference between brand and product awareness. I might know of Amazon, but not have knowledge about Prime, which I didnít until last year. Also mileage varies so itís hard to make definitive statements about how a company is perceived, good or bad. Usually companies measure themselves and their products through various forms of feedback (direct and indirect) and the profit line for each. They donít usually settle for sweeping assumptions on how theyíre viewed by customers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 02:40:44 PM »
I doubt people look at it that way. If my grocery store gives away cookies or lowers the price of milk for a few days, I don't assume that means they are low quality. The same is true with Amazon special offers.Whether KU is on its way out? I'm skeptical but it's certainly possible.

Perception of value and quality is complicated. For example, if a well known branded product with a good rep is discounted, then people generally wonít think the product is shabbier for it. If an unknown or untested (i.e. the prospect buyer has no opinion, experience or knowledge about the product) product is discounted, then people might assume itís not worth much. Itís not a one size fits all response either. Some people will have greater knowledge about a product and therefore have formed an opinion, others may know little to nothing so their takeaway will be different.

Is KU on its way out? Maybe in its current form. I donít know what key performance indicators Amazon are using to assess the performance of KU, so even if it looks a bit iffy to me doesnít mean it is to Amazon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:25:29 PM »
But is the book-a-day reader profitable for Amazon if they're also buying things within that ecosystem in addition to books?

I donít know whether ebook buyers rush around the rest of the store buying stuff or not, but if itís true then itís true for any entry point into the store, whether thatís for paid books, KU books, free books, jelly beans or sneakers.

I suspect the 80 - 100 million people with Prime membership and the free delivery that gives them attracts more people to the store to buy stuff than anything else. Prime members make up more than half of Amazonís customer base, and the main attraction is free shipping, so why would they shop anywhere else anyway. I doubt KU makes anywhere near the difference to Amazonís sales as people seem to think it does, but weíre all entitled to our opinions.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:22:43 AM »
Iíll add that I donít think content mills will go away because I think theyíve been around in one form or another for a while. There will be a profit tipping point and the ones best at building/maintaining KU mail lists, getting cheap or free or earning content, hitting the right niche/trope points, spending the least amount advertizing, etc will win the toss, until they slip up or someone gets even better at it. You might not be fighting for visibility against the same content mill every week, but there will be another one. Now theyíve spawned there will be no getting rid of them unless the KU model is drastically changed in some way.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:14:31 AM »
Astute post, TT.

I may not agree with every detail, but I read your posts because they possess this level of acumen. :)




Thanks, Anarchist. Nice gif.  ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:08:55 AM »
That's not desperation. It's domination.

"Your margin is my opportunity."

Bezos will continue doing exactly as he's done, until he either dies, or the government stops him. Bet against him at your own risk.

I donít think anyone is betting against him just by not being in KU. Weíre still listing books on Amazon, but we also list and promote other platforms. Sure, we get no help from the so-called Amazon algos, but so what? Iím not sure they were doing much for me without a lot of promotion anyway. This way Iím promoting four platforms instead of one. I might not get page reads, but I am getting sales from four platforms.

Bezos may see my margin as his opportunity, but that doesnít mean I have to give it to him. I donít use AMS, nor am I in KU. He gets 30% plus download fees of my sales. Having ads splattered all over my page means I spend more directing traffic to the other platforms because they donít do that, which means I get more conversions from those ads. If he really does think my margin is his opportunity heís not good at taking it. If anything, heís convinced me to give my margin to someone else.

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