Monday, December 31, 2018

Misinformation From Someone Trying to Sell You Something

One of the blogs I follow had an article from Authorlink that was just so inaccurate that I have to comment here. I've copied portions of the article and my comments are in italics.

"Let’s say you uploaded your masterpiece and put it on sale for a month before you discover a dreadful typographical error. And while the book was on sale you had 100 sales. When you deactivate that book from displaying on Amazon, any sales ranking you have accumulated will be lost and to accumulate ratings and reviews you’ll have to start over from zero. That means it is important to get it right on the very first try. We have known authors who spent weeks trying to replace faulty files in the Amazon upload system.

Even when you have corrected the errors you must start the whole upload process over again. You can’t simply overwrite the file. You must delete the bad file before you upload the corrected version, a time-consuming task."

Both of these are incorrect. You simply upload the new file to KDP. I’ve done it dozens of time just this year. Nothing is lost – no reviews, no ranking – nothing. Obviously, the author has never worked with KDP – ever.

"First, to sign up for the 70% plan means you are giving up your right to sell the book anywhere else except Amazon. That means you forfeit the chance to sell to another 20%-40% of the English-speaking market."

Not true. You have to price the book between $2.99 and $9.99. That’s it. The exclusivity arrangement only applies to KDP Select and some of the promotional programs.

"The retailer, too, can choose to sell your book at a price below your list price, minus delivery costs and any applicable Value Added Tax. Add-on costs can eat away at your earnings."

Not normally true. True, Amazon can choose to sell your Kindle or printed book for whatever they choose (just like Barnes & Noble), but the royalty, with only a couple of exceptions, is based on the LIST PRICE.

From KDP Digital Pricing page: 70% Royalty Rate x (List Price – applicable VAT - Delivery Costs) = Royalty

This is only for books under the Kindle MatchBook program or the Kindle Countdown Deals program: 70% Royalty Rate x (Promotional List Price – applicable VAT - Delivery Costs) = Royalty


Are delivery costs that big a deal? Sometimes. Delivery costs for the US market at $0.15/MB.

Based on the last two projects I did:
  • 91,351 word novel - the delivery cost is $0.18 cents.
  • 130,328 word non-fiction book with 113 images, covering 72 pages, (which formatted perfectly in Kindle Previewer from the source Word file!) - the delivery cost is $4.68.

So, delivery cost can be significant. But, how many books have 72 pages of pictures and 113 images?
"Amazon devices have very limited support for such rich media. Its KF8 device supports text or region magnification and that’s about all."

From the Kindle Create User Guide: You can add audio, video, and image plug-ins to your eBook as icons. Kindle Create accepts the following file types: Video: .mp4 Audio: .mp3 Images: .jpg, .jpeg or .png.

If you are technically talented enough to create a multi-media extravaganza for your ebook, you will figure out how to get it into the Kindle. Personally, I'm not interested. I like to read books. I don't need, or want, all the whizbang gizmos to distract me. 

My final word:

Not all books are suitable for a Kindle. Not all genres sell well on a Kindle. If you have a book with a lot of highly formatted pictures, illustrations, tables – it might not be suitable for that platform. If you are writing a novel, or a non-fiction work, it probably will be worth your time to put it on the Kindle platform. But, this article paints an extremely inaccurate picture for all types of books. Don't believe everything you read, especially when the author has something to sell!

1 comment:

Lynne Handy said...

Love the format of your blog, Kevin. Useful information. Thanks for posting.

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