Kindle Select…is it worth it in the long run?

When I offered my novel, Shadows in the Stone, for sale on Kindle (Amazon.com), I was given the choice to enrol it in Kindle Select. I didn’t know a lot about the program but opted out of using because it didn’t sound good to me.

The basics of it is:

1) Enrol your book in Kindle Select exclusively. Which means if you have your book for sale anywhere else on the Internet, you must remove it before your book is entered into the program. Period. From what I understand, you can’t even sell it on your own website.

2) Lock yourself into this commitment for three months. Locked. Three months. No going back.

3) Your book enters into a borrowing program (I believe at a reduced price) which is supposed to increase downloads. But remember, it’s still listed with thousands of other books, so the competition is still there.

4) For two days during this three month period, you get to offer (think giveaway) your book for free. The idea is that thousands of people looking for a (free) good book to read will download your book and move it into a higher sales standing which should turn into more sales after two free days have passed.

The number one reason I chose not to enrol is because I hate limitations. Why would I willing accept to limit the sale points of my novel?

This morning I read another reason why Kindle Select may not be in the best interest of writers. D. D. Scott of The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing used recent sales numbers to make her point. To learn more, check out There are a Bunch of Nook and iTunes Readers Waiting For Your Books!!!

What do you think? Have you enrolled your books? Was it as successful as you thought it would be when you compared new sales on Amazon with loss sales in other networks? Would you do it again?

 

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6 thoughts on “Kindle Select…is it worth it in the long run?

  1. Hey I just published my first book on Amazon and enrolled I enrolled in KDP select because I wanted to, in a way, gather more of an audience. Would you say I made the right choice or should this be my last time doing this.

    • That choice is up to you. I can’t make it for you. If it worked well the first time, perhaps it will work again, and direct traffic to your other book. You have to weigh the good with the bad.

      The important thing is to make an education decision, so learn about Kindle Select and its limitation. If you are not selling your book anywhere else (such as Smashwords) then selling exclusively to Kindle wouldn’t be difficult at all.

      If you decide not to enrol in Kindle Select, do you have other marketing strategies to generate sales? Are you willing to put forth more effort to market your book? These are the questions you must answer, then decide what is best for your book.

  2. Thanks bunches for the sweet shout-out, Diane!

    For me, KDP Select was never good for authors because of the exclusivity and pool philosophies. That said, kudos to Amazon because it sure as heck was brilliant on their part for their goals.

    I can see where it might work (for one cycle) for brand new authors who don’t have an audience across all platforms, but I can’t imagine having an established reader base then telling peeps “oops…sorry Nook, Kobo, Sony and iPad Readers, you’ll have to wait 3 months to get this one.”

    • Thanks for visit, DeeDee.

      I agree that Amazon is very open to authors and provides several options for them to sell their book (including their own author page). And they welcome Canadian authors whereas Barnes and Noble have yet to allow us to publish directly to their site. Instead we must do it through Smashwords.

      Because I only released my book in May and it’s my first adult fiction, I’ll have to work harder and wait a longer for sales to pick up, but in the long run, I’ll be happier for the route I’ve chosen. But it’s my choice, and I don’t knock others for choosing another business tactic.

      Again, thanks for dropping by.

  3. I had both my books there for their 90 day commitment and now plan to branch out into Smashwords. Actually the number of allowed ‘free’ days is five. I did get a lot of downloads on those days and a few sales following each give-away. For me, a complete unknown, I think it was a good move. At least I have a number of books out there, which I hope are being read, and a couple of good reviews. It was not an easy decision. I think it works well for some and not for others.

    • I’m glad it worked out for you, Yvonne. I bought both your books and will repay you by writing reviews. Expect them later this summer. I’m a slow reader and have two other books to review first.

      Good luck with your books. Traditional fantasy is my favourite.

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