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Promotional codes
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:56:01 am »
Sorry if you were expecting actual codes to be here, but I'm ranting.

I can't find ANY promotional codes for ANY books!!! I don't understand how this is possible? Is there a way for authors to create promotional codes?

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 02:23:23 am »
    On Amazon, no. We used to have that option for paperbacks with the late lamented CreateSpace, but it went away (like fast, reliable author copies) when CS was thrown under the bus. It didn't work very well, or not at all for me. I offered $2 off on any of my books for years, but I never saw a sale. The shopper was buying direct from the CS Store and of course had to pay $3.99 shipping, so it didn't make sense for anyone with Prime Shipping.

    You might be able to find this option for ebooks at one of the competing booksellers. Draft2Digital doesn't offer it, nor does Google Play, which are the two non-KDP distributors/booksellers I use.

    Let's face it, discounts cut the profit at the booksellers, so they aren't anxious to play this game.
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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 02:33:27 am »
    So the only possible way of giving people discounts is the Kindle Countdown Deal? And that's only for ebooks in the UK and US!

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 09:39:52 pm »
    You do a time limited sale and announce and or advertise it. You can do a regular sale on iBooks also. I do not really understand the outrage. What were you expecting?

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 04:16:48 am »
    You do a time limited sale and announce and or advertise it. You can do a regular sale on iBooks also. I do not really understand the outrage. What were you expecting?

    There's an option for promotional codes at checkout, but there's no way to use it. Literally every other product in the world allows for discounting to reward customers for being 'savvy'. It's absolutely ridiculous

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 05:07:22 am »
    Just do a free promo or a countdown deal. You'll survive.

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #6 on: May 17, 2020, 05:58:40 am »
    Apple Books has the option to generate promo codes in iTunes Connect.


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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #7 on: May 18, 2020, 07:38:28 am »
    Apple Books has the option to generate promo codes in iTunes Connect.
    Well what's the point of KDPU then? No promotion tools aside from US/UK countdown deal or free book days, can't sell ebooks elsewhere or to iPhone users. I'd much prefer ibooks or google play books from now on.

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #8 on: May 18, 2020, 09:13:27 am »
    The point is the market. Amazon has the biggest one. Each store has flaws. Until one is ready to set up a competing bookstore, though, one lives with it. (And personally, is grateful to be able to sell my work directly.) The alternative is traditional publishing, which has issues of its own and where you have much less control. So...??

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #9 on: May 19, 2020, 03:52:41 am »
    I meant Kindle Unlimited, not KDP. As far as I can tell it's much more effective to spread your ebooks over as many platforms as possible.

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #10 on: May 19, 2020, 07:35:05 am »
    I meant Kindle Unlimited, not KDP. As far as I can tell it's much more effective to spread your ebooks over as many platforms as possible.

    That depends. What's your genre? KU is extremely powerful and there many people making 6 or 7 figures using it--and some of them are right here in this thread.

    There is no one size fits all. You have to study your own market and research the industry. Some of us have some series in KU because that's where they will do best, but have other series or stand alones on other platforms.

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    Re: Promotional codes
    « Reply #11 on: May 21, 2020, 07:14:13 am »
    Sorry if you were expecting actual codes to be here, but I'm ranting.

    I can't find ANY promotional codes for ANY books!!! I don't understand how this is possible? Is there a way for authors to create promotional codes?

    Not through KDP that Im aware of. If you use Smashwords you can create promo codes for ebooks sold on their platform.

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