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Amazon paperback sales
« on: May 18, 2020, 12:40:23 pm »
I've commented a couple of times at how Amazon since early March has been slow-walking paperbacks. But in the past couple of days this seems to have changed. Suddenly, my May sales already exceed the April total, and if things go on like this will match or exceed March or even February sales.
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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 07:48:45 pm »
    Since March, my paperback sales have far exceeded Ebooks eventhough my AMS ads are linked to ebooks.

    Paperback sales seem to be making a comeback which is extraordinary given print delays.

    May I suggest that with bookstores closed, the paperback competitive landscaped has changed.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 03:38:05 pm »
    Hmmm....that accounts for my extra paperback sales then.
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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 04:29:06 pm »
    I barely sell paperbacks, but you're right. My paperback income seems to have bumped up right around a month ago. In the last thirty days, I've made about $150 in paperbacks vs. $68 for the month before that. I'm rich!  :D

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 06:06:49 pm »
    For the last few years, there has been a great push and PR campaign to make everyone believe paperbacks were dead. Yet, ebooks never seemed to get to that next level. This is my very humble opinion:

    Ebooks are easy to put out there and everyone now thinks they can publish. Hence, a ton of garbage in the ebook world combined with ebook scammers gaming the system.

    People love their paperbacks. They love the feel of holding a book. Most book purchases are in an older demographic and the ones who have let go of the paperback habit have done so already. 

    POD has gotten better and more cost effective.

    So Ebook quality has become diluted. Paperbacks have an "aura" of credibility to them.

    Just my observations.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 07:15:21 am »
    I'm awed that some people's print editions have increased during the Big Lockdown. My experience has been radically different, especially in April: a 50 percent increase in Kindle sales, a 67 percent decrease in Amazon KDP Print sales. (Those aren't the totals, of course. My non-Amazon ebook sales showed no increase, while my Expanded Distribution paperback sales showed no decrease.)
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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 08:09:28 am »
    In my case, my only ADS are AMS and aimed at ebooks.

    Have I changed anything else? Not really. I tweaked my website, authorcentral, book description...but I am always tweaking those.

    My sales through Ingram have gone up substantially. No idea through which retailer.

    I would love to see the market stats. My sense is that certain genres are taking a beating. 

    Unlike some I have not scaled back my AMS presence and I suspect it is helping me tremendously. Less competition from the big money.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 08:30:19 am »
    I find all of my mates in Britain only read paperbacks. A tough market for ebooks.

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    « Reply #8 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11:07 am »
    I'm seeing no real changes. My biggest markets are fairly even 50/50 US and UK. Majority sales are ebooks, with paperback orders sprinkled in. I would have imagined that my books, which appeal more to the older audience (because of the genre), would do better in Paperback - but that has not been the case. I'm doing well, but 90% are ebook. Could be that the size of the novels (300-400 pages) makes the paperback cost pretty high and therefore those that might have otherwise purchased it may be skipping it altogether.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #9 on: May 20, 2020, 09:15:29 am »
    Interesting article.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/physical-books-still-outsell-e-books-and-heres-why.html

    End of the day, I think it is good practice for authors to have at least a paperback version of their book.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #10 on: May 20, 2020, 06:59:55 pm »
    In recent years Ive sold more paperbacks than ebooks, but Ive been concentrating on promotion offline. Its good to diversify formats.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #11 on: May 20, 2020, 10:00:40 pm »
    My paperbacks surpassed my eBook sales about a year ago. Now they are 60-40 and that's fine with me. I make twice as much on a paperback. Good article on pushing your new paperback: https://workingauthors.com/2020/05/20/go-old-school-with-a-local-book-launch/


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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #12 on: May 21, 2020, 02:47:03 am »
    I'm really amazed by these figures! It just doesn't make sense that a $12.95 paperback would outsell a $4.99 ebook. (For Big Five publishers, yes; I will always buy the $21 hardcover rather than the $17 Kindle!)

    Interesting especially about British readers. I will have to look at my ebook/print breakdown on the UK store.

    (My sense that print sales have been improving on Amazon in May is still being borne out. It's now about 2.5 to 1 in favor of digital, and Expanded Distribution sales haven't weighed in yet, so it will likely be 2:1 by the end of the month, which is about normal for me.)
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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #13 on: May 21, 2020, 04:41:13 am »
    Hello! I am most certainly one of those people that help keeping paperback books sales alive. Don't get me wrong I enjoy ebooks but being able to keep a physical book in hands is just magical. Since the lockdown started I have purchased over a dozen books and I loved every purchase. I have an everlasting list where I keep adding more and more titles to buy. As long as paperback in an option I am going to choose it.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #14 on: May 21, 2020, 06:34:00 am »
    "Sales of printed books still accounted for over 80% of the combined print and digital UK book market of 3.6bn last year."

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/26/new-chapter-uk-print-book-sales-fall-while-audiobooks-surge-43

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #15 on: May 21, 2020, 08:19:39 am »
    If you think about it, there has been little innovation in reading devices since they came out.

    There is an "intimacy" with paperbacks kind of like the growing trend back to vinyl records (and especially album covers).

    We shall see where this will head after this crisis. All I know is people are clicking on my "ebook" ad and buying the paperback version.

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    Re: Amazon paperback sales
    « Reply #16 on: May 24, 2020, 03:25:58 am »
    "Sales of printed books still accounted for over 80% of the combined print and digital UK book market of 3.6bn last year."

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/26/new-chapter-uk-print-book-sales-fall-while-audiobooks-surge-43

    Which makes it all the more irritating that KDP Print editions don't seem to get on the British chains. I have a couple books I wrote in the 1990s and self-published through iUniverse. They're on the WH Smith and Waterstones websites, even though they're out of print, while the CreateSpace/KDP Print editions are missing.

    I suppose one has better luck with IngramSpark?

    (Note that such figures are in large part bogus: it's the Big Five publishers reporting THEIR digital v. print breakdown. Amazon's figures would be quite different, I'm sure. Still, I suspect print has the edge overall. I favor it for anything important, or anything I am likely to keep.)
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    « Reply #17 on: May 24, 2020, 07:42:39 am »
    Hello! I am most certainly one of those people that help keeping paperback books sales alive. Don't get me wrong I enjoy ebooks but being able to keep a physical book in hands is just magical. Since the lockdown started I have purchased over a dozen books and I loved every purchase. I have an everlasting list where I keep adding more and more titles to buy. As long as paperback in an option I am going to choose it.

    I'm still a print reader as well. Only time I used an ebook regularly was when I lived in New Zealand because print books there were so expensive. I didn't stick with it though because at the time I couldn't read for the first thirty minutes or last thirty minutes on the plane and the ereader always seemed to be dead or dying when I wanted to take it to the lake to read. Print books are reliable. (I know things have changed, but too late for me to care.)

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